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Hikers enjoying the ancient Japanese pilgrim route, Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo, Wakayama, Japan

 

The Kumano Kodō is a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that crisscross the Taiheiyo Rainforest on the Kii Hantō, the largest Peninsula of Japan. These sacred trails were and are still used for the pilgrimage to the sacred sites.

In 2004, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were registered as UNESCO World Heritage as part of the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" property.

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Taken on May 3, 2012