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Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Tanabe May 24th 2020

So after spending a short time in Los Angeles, in March 2019, I flew from LA to Osaka with Japan Airlines. As previously commented, I had decided to try and do self guided hikes, so again booked with World Expeditions for a Kumano Kodo, Coast to Coast Self Guided trip. It was for 10 days and included accomodation, luggage transfer and most meals. Having landed in Osaka, I had booked a hotel in Wakayame so I had easy access to the station to Tanabe the next day. Luckily for me, it was cherry blossom season and a walk from the hotel was the Wakayame Castle which was lovely to see with the cherry blossoms in full colour. After a nights rest, I caught the flight down to Tanabe, about a two hour trip. I checked in ... read more
Kumano Kodo
Kumano Kodo
Kumano Kodo

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Tanabe » Hongu August 25th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept like a log during the night and the first thing I did when I wok up was to check the status on my camera. Unfortunately it was still taking photos as if I was standing in a fog, I decided to try it out during the day and if necessary switch to my mobile phone which was luckily in good shape. I went down and picked up the hairdryer again and took a photo of them next to each other as to not forget the life-saving (or phone-saving) process. My clothes was all still moist and even my sutra had taken a hit yesterday although it was still readable. As I looked outside the window I could see that the storms had finally subsided even though it was still an ... read more
Praying to the Kumano Sansho Gongen
Photo of the Ōtorii (Great Torii) with Camera
Photo of the Ōtorii (Great Torii) with Mobile Phone

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Tanabe » Nonaka August 24th 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! I slept well last night despite the storm raging outside. I woke up once due to a loud signal, I don't know if it was a warning or an all-clear signal but I had no problems going back to sleep afterwards. My day started early with a sturdy breakfast before I set out on the road again. I left together with the Hawaiian couple I met yesterday but since they were using the luggage transportation service they were able to move considerably faster than me and soon pulled away from me. When I came to two small sculptures of Jizō at the end of the village I bowed before them and wished for a safe journey today. For the time being it wasn't raining, but I had a feeling that the typhoon ... read more
Praying to the Kumano Sansho Gongen
Broken Post at the Daimon-ōji
Large Grasshopper

Asia » Japan » Wakayama » Tanabe » Takahara August 23rd 2018

Hello my fellow travellers! After another night's good sleep I felt fully ready to take on the Kumano Kodō pilgrimage trail. I ate a light breakfast together with Kenichi and Yumiji while we watched the news about the typhoon. It seems like I'm in for a rough walk and the Japanese government are advising people to stay indoors in the Tanabe region. I won't be discouraged by this though, I figure that as long as I keep my wits about me and trek with care I should be fine. We said our goodbyes for this year and I made my way over to the Osaka Tenman-gū to ask about the shuin as a memory of the wonderful and lifesaving time I've spent here with Kenichi and Yumiji. When I arrived at the shrine I made my ... read more
Receiving the Shuin (Seal Stamp)
View from the Bus
Kumano Kodō Kan Pilgrimage Centre

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