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Japan's Kumano Kodo: Stunning ancient sites and unspoiled nature A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Seiganto-ji pagoda overlooks Nachi Falls, Japan’s tallest waterfall. Sunlight shines through cedar and cypress trees along a stretch of unpaved trail as one of several Shinto “sub-shrines” stands watch. Although largely unknown to foreign hikers, the 1,000-year-old Kumano Kodo trail is especially revered by locals, some of which hike in traditional Japanese attire. The trail originally began as a religious purifying pilgrimage. Today the criss-crossing network of four hiking routes is known for its peaceful and still-spiritual surroundings. Two native hikers in traditional Heian attire descend the picturesque Daimon-zaka section of the trail, featuring sloping cobblestone steps en route to one of three Grand Shrines. Kumano Nachi Taisha is arguably the most scenic Grand Shrine, surrounded by Japan’s largest waterfall and three-story pagoda. Kumano Hongu Taisha is probably the busiest Grand Shrine, as it’s easily accessed by motor coach. Several flights of cobblestone stairs and flags lead the way up to Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of three Grand Shrines along the Kumano Kodo trail. Kumano Hayatama Taisha is the grandest shrine of all, featuring green accents, plenty of shade, and several portals from which believers call upon the gods and ask for blessings. To reach the three grand shrines on foot, hikers must pass through several sub-shrines and ancient gates along the way, sometimes dotted by 800-year-old cedar trees. To guard these shrines, sentinels can often be found along the Kumano Kodo. In addition to cedar and cypress, ferns dominate the landscape, making the path easy to follow and painting forest floor as green as the ceiling. Many sections of the Kumano Kodo are unpaved, although still surrounded by cedar and cypress. The Kumano Kodo is as well-marked as it is pristine and forested. At every fork, hikers encounter not one but two signs, the second of which to quickly alert them to when they’ve lost their way. If multiple signs aren’t enough to keep you on course, local officials have also placed colored stakes along the path. Although rare, scenic overlooks along the Kumano Kodo offer a glimpse of the surrounding Kii Peninsula of Honshu island, the largest in Japan. After a long but peaceful first day along the Nakahechi route of the Kumano Kodo, hikers break near Tanabe to take in the volcanic mountains and small rice paddies below. Hikers break on makeshift log beds to better appreciate the seemingly endless and constant cover of cedar and cypress on the Kumano Kodo. Although not technically difficult, the Kumano Kodo features steep climbs and descents, almost always without the help of switchbacks, which can make the trek physically demanding. Although charming, Westerners might struggle to get a good night’s sleep on the thin bedding and straw-matted floors of traditional Japanese inns that dot the Kumano Kodo. The good news is there is no shortage of hot springs along the Kumano Kodo to help you rejuvenate, including this one at Yunomine Onsen. And you’ll probably feel like a shogun or geisha while wearing the traditional Japanese getas (or clogs) and yukatas (casual kimonos) that are provided at every inn. In nearby Asuka, the birthplace and first capital of Japan, visitors will encounter strange and mysterious stone murals. In nearby Kyoto, the longest-running and arguably most influential capital of Japan, visitors can literally get lost in 2.5 miles of 10,000 red torii gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha, a national treasure. On the outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves are another national treasure. To avoid thick crowds, the mystic and thatched groves are best visited at sunrise or sunset. The zen gardens of Tofukuji Temple are another impressive site and a relaxing way to wind down after several days of hiking along the Kumano Kodo. On your journey, you’re sure to encounter an unthinkable number of pink items, including this pink bus spotted just outside Nachi Falls along the Kumano Kodo. While hiking through villages along the Kumano Kodo, you’re also sure to encounter well-manicured Japanese gardens. All told, Kumano Kodo is arguably Japan’s best-kept secret — if not the world’s greatest unknown trek. Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: The key tactics to getting forest bathing right are: breathing in deeply, sitting down occasionally and focusing on using all of your senses. A study in Japan showed that when people walked through a forested area, their cortisol levels dropped 16% more than when they walked in a cityscape. Plus, after 15 minutes, their blood pressure levels lowered, too. Hotels are even getting in on the action. You can partake in forest bathing at Canyon Ranch in Tucson (shown here). Mohonk Mountain House, 90 miles outside of New York City, offers forest bathing. Aguas Arriba Lodge is a cozy hideaway in the heart of the Patagonian Andes. Patagonia is one of the trekking capitals of the world. The Mayflower Grace in Washington, Conn., also offers forest bathing. Even if you don’t live near a tree-lined trail, studies show that even just looking at greenery can boost your mood and lower your blood pressure. Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries:
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The group, guided by Shoichi Shoda, President of the Tourist Association of Kanazawa, a city compared to the city of Milan, said, “Because we are very rich in history and culture, religious and kind, come and you will discover that we are your second homeland.” A Creative City of UNESCO since 2009, Kanazawa is the capital of Ishikawa, one of the 47 Japanese prefectures, located in the center of the country (of which it represents 1% for territory and population), between mountain scenery and the coast of the Sea of Japan. The Italians who visited it in 2017 were 11,770 (increased as never before this spring), up 102% over the previous year, compared to 25 million total visitors, of which only 529,000 were foreigners. The seminar has unveiled a culture that is not very widespread in books and the Internet, refined in modesty and rich in a 400-year history that preserves in its appearance, challenging new things at the same time with the Museum of Contemporary Art of the 21st century of Kanazawa as an example, or with its railway station, whose architecture is elected one of the most beautiful in the world. This city is a center of ancient traditions and artistic exquisiteness; it is compact and developed around the imposing castle of the Maeda clan (the Medici of Japan). All attractions and sites are within 2 kilometers: the Kenrokuen gardens (among the 3 most famous in the country), and the Zen house in the new D.T. museum. Suzuki (with sessions and practices together with the monks at the Daijoji temple), the districts of the geishas (rare now), the houses of the samurai, masters of the tea ceremony (an art form that “brings calm,”) are all important components of their culture. Furthermore, the artisan districts provide cultural touring of the traditions of the millenary art of lacquering, porcelain, silk weaving, and gold leaf (0.0001 mm thick, produced only in Kanazawa). Another highlight of the destination (where Japanese sweets are said to be born), is the high-quality cuisine, like the traditional Kaga, famous for crab, shrimp, and very fresh sushi, not to mention sake. Finally, a unique charm in Kanazawa can be found in the MICE sector, which offers rooms in 3 areas of the city, the main one around the station, with the Castle available for congresses.
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