The Kumano ancient pilgrimage route from Ise forks at Hanano Iwaya Shrine. The fork that goes along the beach to Shingu is called Hamakaido and the fork which leads to Hongu is called Hongudo. This route on the Hongudo which goes over Yokogaki Pass is well paved with the Konogi Rhyolite stone characteristic to this area.
In June, 2018, part of Kumano Yokogaki-toge Pass suspension of traffic was removed.
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Just next to Mizutsubo guardian statue is a spring which magically sprang fourth when
the famous Kobodaishi poked a hole in the ground with his walking stick here.
Kobodaishi is Kukai's posthumous name. He is well known as the founder of Mt. Koya
and there are many stories around Japan like this one about how he made a spring
simply by poking a hole in the ground.
There is a clear view to the east and the sea of Kumano can be seen on a clear day.
Tectonic activity caused the magma to harden with ripples producing Konogi Rhyolite,
a type of stone unique to this area. Wild flowers add color to the
stone path through all of the seasons.
In the middle of terraced rice field stands a big rock called Kameshima (turtle island).
It is 5 meters high and 25min circumference. There is a stone lantern built on the top of it.
|Distance||Approx. 5.4Kｍ from Yokogaki-toge-noboriguchi Bus Stop to Takachira Bus Stop|
|Walking time||2hrs. and 10mins.|
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