Entrance to Tsugizakura Oji
Today we (Brad and Yoshio) walked 14k from Chiakatsuyu to Kobiro Oji. The entire route along the side of the mountain was scenic to the nth but Tsugizakura Oji was the most notable place. From the Wakayama website:
"This Oji is also called Waka Oji-Gongen and is a local deity that protects the Nonaka area. Ten huge, prominent cedars were given the name Ipposugi ("one-direction cedars"), because the branches point directly toward the holy Nachi Mountains.
These trees have been the objects of worship since antiquity, however they were threatened by logging in the early 20th century. Yet, in 1912, internationally renowned naturalist, Kumagusu Minakata had them spared. The trees have been designated national treasures by the Wakayama Prefectural Government.
You can feel the mysticism in the air in any season when you visit this Oji."