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Kumano Kado Nakahechi Route from East to West

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Kumano Kado Nakahechi Route from East to West

Hi,

I'm looking into hiking the Nakahechi route from Nachi Taisha to Takijiri-oji as it makes more sense in our itinerary as we will be coming from Nagoya and heading to Kyoto and won't have a rail pass. Does it make a difference if we hike this direction, as the traditional way seems to be the opposite way but it would mean a lot of double travelling for us that would probably make us rethink doing it?

Has anyone hiked in this direction?

Thanks

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1. Re: Kumano Kado Nakahechi Route from East to West

It sounds like you are thinking of the following itinerary but in reverse. I walked it in this direction a few years ago.

tb-kumano.jp/en/…6-days-5-nights

The section between Kumano Nachi Taisha and Hongu is often walked either way, but the most common is from north to south.

Between Takijiri-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha, it seems that most people walk from west to east.

Usually pilgrims walk towards the shrines to worship. going in the opposite direction leads people away from the shrines.

But technically the route can be walked either way and there is no defined walking pattern.

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2. Re: Kumano Kado Nakahechi Route from East to West

Apart from Nakahechi, you could walk Kumano Kodo Iseji Route between Nagoya and Nachi.

higashikishu.org/english/e-magose.shtml

higashikishu.org/english/e-matsumoto.shtml

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