Kumanokodo Iseji

19Yokogaki-toge Pass横垣峠道

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.

Distance Approx. 5.4km
from Yokogaki-toge-noboriguchi Bus Stop to Takachira Bus Stop
Walking time 2hrs. and 10mins.
Level ★★
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
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
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
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.