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Kumano Kodo Iseji Route Magose-toge Pass

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Beginner mountaineers are welcome to experience the most beautiful mountain pass of Kumano Kodo

Considered to be the most beautiful part of Kumano Kodo, the Magose-toge Pass is paved with gorgeous stones and lined with hinoki cypress trees. From the pass, there are additional climbing paths leading up to the Mount Tengura and Mount Binshi peaks, both commanding spectacular views from the top.

Kumano Kodo Iseji Route Magose-toge Pass

Located at the border of Kihoku Town and Owase City, this acclaimed mountain pass features exquisite stone-paved pathways, said to be the most beautiful along the Kumano Kodo Iseji Route, and scenic Owase hinoki cypress forests designated as part of Japan's Nationally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems. Numerous historic sites along the way such as the Jizo Guardian Statue for Crying Children and Magose Fudoson temple allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the Kumano Kodo atmosphere. If you are up for more hiking, take the climbing paths leading up to the Mount Tengura and Mount Binshi peaks, both commanding spectacular views from the top.

Mount Tengura

Walk for about 30 minutes from Magose-toge Pass to reach Mount Tengura, a former training ground for Shugendo monks, with a small temple dedicated to the founder of the mountain religion. At the peak is a large rock called Tengu-iwa, which can be climbed by a ladder to reveal an amazing panorama of Owase City and the surrounding mountains.

Mount Binshi

From Magose-toge Pass, Mount Binshi is about a 2-hour walk. Near the mountain top is a giant rock as large as the back of an elephant, hence its nickname "zou-no-se (elephant's back)." It is a photogenic spot to capture the vast natural environment.

Location

Name Kumano Kodo Iseji Route Magose-toge Pass
Web Sites http://www.kodo.pref.mie.lg.jp/en/course/08.html
Address Kihoku-cho, Owase-shi, Mie
Access Accessing the entrance of Magose-toge Pass (Miyama Roadside Rest Area):
Approximately 30 minutes' walk from Aiga Station on the JR Kisei Main Line, or take a bus from Owase Station on the JR Kisei Main Line and get off at Washige bus stop and walk for 10 minutes
Approximately 5 minutes' drive taking National Route 42 from Miyama IC on the Kisei Expressway
Inquiries TEL: 059-224-2193

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