I’ve quite recently come back from a 7-day, 98-km climb along the Kumano Kodo, a gathering of journey trails through Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture. Explorers of every social class, from resigned rulers and samurai to Buddhist nuns and clerics, have voyage these sloping trails by walking for more than 1,000 years
My climbing journey pursued the Nakahechi Course from Takijiri (on the western side of Japan’s Kii Peninsula) through the mountains to Kii-Katsuura, on the eastern coast.
Along the way, I visited the three Kumano Great Places of worship: Kumano Hongu, Kumano Nachi, and Kumano Hayatama. I remained in minshuku (traditional family-run hotels like a bed and breakfast) and ryokan(traditional inns), and met various great, intriguing individuals on the trail– individual voyagers from everywhere throughout the world, some of whom progressed toward becoming companions I would like to keep in contact with a long ways past this journey.
I’ll share progressively about my encounters in the days to come. Meanwhile, I’ll begin with the picture above – the view from my room at the minshuku where I went through the night after my first day on the trail – and this fairly unique picture from the women’s room at the Yokohama transport terminal, where I got the medium-term transport to Kyoto the prior night I started my Kumano Kodo
Apparently, the toilets in Yokohama are a “no show” zone.
I’d needed to climb the Kumano Kodo since finding out about the historical backdrop of the course amid my school years – over two decades back. I’m satisfied to state, the experience surpassed my twenty years of gathered desires. Rationally, I’ll be unloading the experience for quite a while to come – considerably longer than it will take to alter the a large number of photographs I went up against the trail.
For now, I’m anticipating a decent night’s rest – without the need to get up at 5:30am to get back on the trail!