熊野古道 楽しき2日間ガイド

Last Wednesday and Thursday, 22nd and 23rd, I guided a woman named Yoko to Kumano. In September when I had visited Kurama mountain in Kyoto, I had met her in the train and talked with her and I had suggested that if she would come to Wakayama, I would guide her to Kumano.

She came to visit Kumano last week and my husband and I took her to the trip to Kumano. At nine oclock in the morning, we picked her up at the hotel in Shirahama where Yokosan had stayed, and we three started the two daytrip.

First of all, we visited Takijiri Oji which was one of the five sacred Ojis and the entrance to the Nakahechi route (the most popular route). And there was Kumano Kodo museum, where you can learn what is Kumano Kodo is. Yokosan learned some about Kumano Kodo, and we prayed at the Takijiri Oji.

We drove to Gyuba Doji entrance, and Yokosan and I started walking from the entrance, visited Gyuba Doji, a famous statue and then walked to Chikatuyu Oji, the next Oji, where my husband had gotten ahead by car and waited for us.

After lunch, we three drove to Tsugizakura Oji, where big cedar trees were, thanks toKumagusu Minakata who had appealed to protect the trees which were about to be cut down in Meiji era.

Next, we visited Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the Kumano Sanzan (three big shrines), and Oyunohara which was the original place of Taisha until the big flood in Meiji 22nd.

The night we stayed in Iseya, an inn, in Yunomine hot-spring. Yokosan and I took a bath in Tsuboyu (hot spring) which is a World Heritage site.

The next day, we drove to Shingu city, and visited the Shingu Hayatama Taisha and Kamikura Shrine. Kamikura Shrine is the place where Kumano Gongen, a deity, was said to be descended. Kumano Gongen was said to come from China first, then flew to Hiko mountain in Oita (Kyushu), next to Ishizuchi mountain in Ehime (Shikoku), flew to Yuzuruha mountain (Awaji island), flew to Kirime Oji (Wakayama) and finally descended to Kamikura shrine and stayed there ever since. There] are 538 steps to the shrine and you can see the good view of Ocean from there.

After Shingu city, we drove to Nachi. We walked Daimon slope for 30 minutes which is World Heritage Kumano Kodo, and we visited Nachi Shrine, Seigantoji temple and Nachi big fall which is the highest fall in Japan, 133 meters high.

Since Yokosan should get the flight ticket at Shirahama airport and take a flight for Haneda airport at 6:30 in the evening , we drove to the airport and saw her off.

Yokosan was an elementary school teacher and had retired 3 years ago, and a person who wants to learn many things, so she listened to me and asked me about Kumano Kodo. For two days we talked and talked and had a very good time. It was an irreplaceable experience for me as a guide of Kumano Kodo. (Yumiko.S)

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by wakayamakiga | 2017-12-01 05:44 | 須川由美子 | Comments(0)

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