Kumano, Japan Cruise Port

The Kumano area in Japan lies in the Southern tip of the region's mountainous Kii Peninsula, just a few kilometers to the South of Osaka. The area is fed by the Kumano city in Mie Prefecture. The region is known for its scenic views and isolated hot springs. However, the Kumano is best known for its rich pilgrimage tradition, which is the core of the area's tourism. Since ancient times the area has been nick-named “the holy ground where gods dwell” due to the numerous pilgrimages that imperial families conducted through the area's trails to the mountain ranges. In 2004, the Kumano area was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the title of “Sacred Site and Pilgrimage to Kii Mountain Range”. Listed below are some of the recommended experiences, attractions, and activities that visitors could enjoy after cruising to Kumano, Japan:
 
  • Visitors should pay a visit to the Hongu Taisha because it is one of the region's famous shrines. The shrine is believed to enshrine its own deity and also others such as the sun goddess Amaterasu. The trail leading to the shrine provides an enjoyable two-hour hike.
     
  • Nature lovers should pay a visit to the region's marvelous hot springs, also known as onsen. The trails that pass through the area provide access to the Yunomine, Wataze, and Kawayu hot springs where visitors can relax in the hot waters since it is open to the public.
     
  • Visitors should not miss the opportunity to visit the Hayatama Taisha, since it is also one of the area's famous shrines and is held in high regard with Japanese mythology. One feature, a treasure hall, was recently built close to the shrine and houses national treasures and offerings brought by pilgrims.
     
  • The last of the three important shrines is the Kumano Nachi Taisha. Visitors should check out this site for the religious historical importance and also since the site boasts the country's tallest waterfall; Nachi no Taki waterfall, that measures about 133 meters.
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