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Yokogaki-toge Pass

Yokogaki-toge Pass

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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Mizutsubo Jizo and the spring
Mizutsubo Jizo and the spring

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.

Yokogaki-toge Pass
Yokogaki-toge Pass

There is a clear view to the east and the sea of Kumano can be seen on a clear day.

Stone path paved with Konogi Rhyolite
Stone path paved with Konogi Rhyolite

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.

The stone lantern of Kameshima
The stone lantern of Kameshima

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.
Level ★★

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