Kumano Kodo

I walked the Kohechi trail, from Mount Koya to Kumano.

During the spring of 2018, I walked the Kumano Kodo, which is a is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Kii Peninsula, the largest peninsula of Japan (source).

From the different routes of the Kumano Kodo, I chose to to walk the Kohechi route, a mountainous path that connects Kumano with Koyasan.

Koyasan is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan’s most significant religious figures (source).

Kohechi Route of the Kumano Kodo

After completing the Kohechi route, I was awarded a “Dual Pilgrim” certificate, which is a document given to those who have walked both the Kumano Kodo and Camino de Santiago UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes.

Getting my Dual Pilgrim Certificate!
Close-up of my Dual Pilgrim Certificate.