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Nakahechi Imperial Route - Chikatsuyu to Hongū

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The longest section of the Nakahechi Imperial Route.


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15.2

Miles

24.4

KM

Point to Point

2,276' 694 m

High

311' 95 m

Low

4,692' 1,430 m

Up

5,560' 1,695 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Historical Significance · Hot Spring · River/Creek · Views

Need to Know

This trail is part of the Kumano Kodo, an ancient network of pilgrimage trails that link multiple Shinto and Buddhist shrines. Along these trails there are plenty of options for water and toilets. Hikers (and pilgrims) pack light and stay in accommodations (tb-kumano.jp/en/lodging/) at the various way stations.

Pay your respects when entering shrines (matcha-jp.com/en/874#:~:tex…. )

Description

The first 3.5 miles of this section follows the road out of town while visiting multiple shrines.

From here you tuck back into the forest and head steeply uphill gaining and then losing 300 vertical feet all within a mile. Cruise up the side of another rise. At the apex you pass a large landslide and then drop back down.

At 7 miles, you head up and down another hill which is the last significant prominence in this section. The trail trends gently down from here will a few steeper descents.

The final miles are rich with shrines culminating in the Kumano Hongū Taisha Grand Shrine in this section's terminus of Hongū.

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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First viewpoint on the trail.
Jun 18, 2020 near Tanabe, JP
Looking up the stairmaster.
Jun 18, 2020 near Shingū, JP
Pretty bridge over the creek.
Jun 18, 2020 near Shingū, JP
Gateway into the forest.
Jun 18, 2020 near Tanabe, JP
Natural springs on the trail are used for purification at the shrines.
Jun 18, 2020 near Shingū, JP

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