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Departing from Kyoto! Walk through history at the "2021 Kumano Pilgrimage" organized by Wakayama Prefecture

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the registration of "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" as a World Heritage Site in 2024, Wakayama Prefecture will hold the "Kumano Pilgrimage in 2024". Participants will wear white costumes and walk along the Kumano Kodo Kii Road, recreating the "Kumano Gokou" ceremony held by the emperor and aristocrats in the Heian period (794-1185).

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The event will start on Saturday, December 9, with a departure ceremony at Jonan-gu Palace in Kyoto. After the ceremony, the participants will take a riverboat down the Yodo River to Tenma Hachikenya in Osaka. Haiku poet Mayuzumi Madoka will appear at the launching ceremony as the onna-in.

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Starting on December 17, a total of eight relay walks will be held, each with its own schedule, allowing participants to tour the Kumano Kodo Kii Road under the guidance of a storyteller. This is an experience that is not usually possible, so please sign up and participate.

December 9, 2023 (Sat.) 11:00 a.m. Launching Ceremony (Jonangu, Kyoto - Yodogawa - Tenma Hachikenya, Osaka)
Sunday, December 17, 2023 1st Tenmabashi Station, Osaka - Higashitengojaya Station, Osaka
Saturday, January 13, 2024 2nd Fuseya Station - Itaikiso Station (2nd to 8th are all in Wakayama Prefecture)
January 20, 2024 (Sat) 3rd Kainan Station - Tokorozaka Oji ⇒ Kainan Station * Buses are used from Tokorozaka Oji to Kainan Station.
Sunday, January 28, 2024 4th Kii-Miyahara Station - Yuasa Station
February 10, 2024 (Sat) 5th Yuasa Station - Haraya area ⇒ Kii-Uchihara Station * Buses are used from Haraya area to Kii-Uchihara Station.
Saturday, February 17, 2024 6th Kii-Uchihara Station - Nishi-Gobo Station
Sunday, February 25, 2024 7th Nishi-Gobo Station - Kirime Station
Saturday, March 2, 2024 8th Kirime Station - Nanbu Station
*Check the application page for details.

Kumano Pilgrimage to Kumano in 2021 Kumano Kodo Relay Walk "Kii Road

  • Bear's relay walk at the Bear's Maw of the Reiwa Bear's Childhood Relay Walk Kiichiji
  • Kyoto - Osaka - Wakayama
  • Tel. 0570-081717 (Media Travel Center, Kumano Pilgrimage in 2025 Kumano Kodo Relay Walk Application Desk, Nippon Travel Agency, Inc.) Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00, closed Saturday, Sunday and national holidays
  • Participation fee: 2,000 yen per person for each session (including storytelling fee, insurance, etc.) *5,000 yen per person for the launching ceremony (boat ride and lunch included)
    Capacity / 100 persons for each session (80 persons each for the 3rd and 5th sessions) *40 persons for the departure ceremony
  • https://sp-ad.jp/reiwanokumanomoude/
  • *Plan to meet and disperse at the station.
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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