カテゴリ:Nakahichi route/中辺路( 5 )

From Hushi-ogami Oji to Hongu Taisha Shrine / 伏拝王子~本宮大社へ

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 You can see old Hongu-taisha from here.

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Fushi-ogami rest house

   We had our lunch at Hushi-ogami Oji rest house. Pilgrims could see Oyu-no-hara ( old Hongu grand shrine) here for the first time on Kumano-Kodo from Kyoto route. They were probably so excited and kneed down, bowed and prayed. This activity is the origin of this Oji and at the village name "Fushi-ogami".  
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   発心門王子から約4km、尾根道を歩くと伏拝王子に着きます。トイレ、休憩所があるのでここで昼食をとることをおすすめします。

  京都からはるばる熊野古道を巡拝してきた参詣者たちは、ここまで来て初めて本宮大社を見ることができます。彼らは感激のあまり、ひれ伏して拝んだことが、この王子の名の由来であり、地名となりました。 

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   Also there is a monument for Izumi-shikibu an ancient female poet, Izumi is her living place and shikibu is the rank in imperial house. She was a high ranked woman but it is not clear if she visited here or not.

  また、王子社の社地に和歌で有名な和泉式部の石碑が建っています。式部は和泉国(大阪府泉南郡)に住んでいました。彼女が実際にここに来たかどうかは定かではありません。

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   There is a local people's house beside the rest house. It was used for location of 2001 NHK drama, "honma-mon", because the beauty of the landscape of this area.
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周辺は茶畑が広がり、遠く、果無の山々を見晴らすことができるとても景色の良い所です。休憩所の隣に民家があり、2001年のNHKドラマ「ほんまもん」のロケに使われました。



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  Stone post indicating Koya( right) and Ki-miidera( left) at Sangen-chaya remains.
 
  
  From here to Hongu grand shrine, 3km in length pilgrimage road passes in the forest and this span is the most beautiful part of Nakahechi. We arrived at "San-gen-chaya" remains. There were three tea houses in ancient time. Also there was a toll gate remains. A stone pole shows " right Koya" and " left Ki-miidera". It is the merge point of Kohechi, which begins at Koya-san, and Nakahechi.
  
   ここから本宮大社まで約3km。古道は森の中を通り、中辺路では最も美しいコースの一つです。途中に三軒茶屋跡があります。昔、ここに3軒の茶屋があり、関所もありました。石碑には「ひだり高野」、「みぎ紀三井寺」と書かれています。ここは高野山を起点にする小辺路と中辺路との合流点です。



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   We recommend turning left at the mountain pass to go to a short break from the Kumano-kodo road.

   You can see a scenic point looking down Kumano river and Oyu-no-hara, the remains of ancient Hongu grand shrine  


 さらに歩くと左手に展望台があります。少し登った峠の頂上が熊野古道の小休止の場所になっています。見晴らしのよい峠から熊野川や元の本宮大社があった大斉原を見下ろすことができます。
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 Soon we arrived at Haraido-Oji and entered Hongu grand shrine from the back of shrine. (Y.H)
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  展望台を降りてしばらく歩くと、間もなく祓戸王子に着きます。古道は祓戸王子から本宮大社の裏側に続いています。
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本宮大社の入口の左手にあるボストは、八咫烏にちなんで黒い色です
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    ポストの隣の大きな木は葉書の名の始まりとされるタラヨウの木です。 
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本宮大社に着きました。
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 本宮大社の境内にも和泉式部の五輪塔があります。 「晴れやらぬ 身に浮雲のたなびきて 月のさわりとなるぞ 苦しき(悲しき)」
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  その意味は、式部がここまでやってきた時、月のさわりとなってしまった。熊野古道の参詣者たちは不浄を嫌い、特に死者の出た葬式に出会った時は黒不浄、赤い血を見た時は赤不浄、出産は白不浄とされ、一旦都に戻り、精進潔斎をしなおして出直す風習がありました。
  けれども、式部の歌に対して、夜、熊野の神から、「もろともに 塵にまじわる神なれば 月にさわりも 苦しからず」と返歌があったそうです。その意味は、熊野の神様は 塵(一般の罪深い人々)の中に現れた神様であるから、気にしないで熊野参詣を続けなさい、という意味です。中国の和光同塵(わこうどうじん)という言葉を引用したと思われます。(M.A)
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by wakayamakiga | 2018-03-18 17:56 | Nakahichi route/中辺路 | Comments(0)

From Takijiri-oji to Osakamoto-oji /滝尻王子~大阪本王子へ

  7月20日(木)、KIGAのメンバー14名が中辺路の滝尻王子から熊野古道を歩きました。
  午前9時30分。まずは滝尻王子で車をおり、参詣をすませました。このところ暑い日が続いているので、今日は後方の剣山の険しい道をさけて、このコースの途中の針地蔵の近くの側道から歩きました。

 On July 20 (Thursday), 14 members of KIGA walked Kumano Kodo from Takijiri-oji of Nakahechii. 
 9:30 am, we got off two cars. At first , we visited to Takijiri-oji, and worshipped it. It was hot day, so we walked from the Hari-jizo(needle Jizo) in the middle point of this course, avoiding the steep road of the Turugi-yama( sword mountain) in the back.

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滝尻王子 
  滝尻王子は熊野古道の中でも最も重要とされる五体王子のひとつです。 
  ここが熊野三山の神域の入口と言われています。 滝尻王子は富田川(旧岩田川)に沿って建ち、参詣の人々は川で身を清める垢離を行い、そうすることによって滅罪ができると信じられていました。  
  平安時代(約800年前) 藤原秀衡(東北の覇者)が、滝尻王子に来た時、側室が男子を出産しました。(当時、出産は不浄とされ、神社仏閣への参詣はできませんでした。)しかし、秀衡の夢枕に熊野の神が現れ、「参詣を続けよ」とのお告げがありました。  
  子どもを洞窟の岩に残し、参詣を続けて帰ってくると、その子は狼に育てられて、岩から落ちる水(乳)を飲んですくすく育っていたのです。   
  この神社には秀衡がここで子どもが生まれたことに感謝し奉納したと伝わる古い剣が残っており、[太刀の宮」とも呼ばれています。

Takijiri Oji 
 Takijiri Oji is one of the five most important ojis of the Kumano pilgrimage road.  It is said to be the entrance of the sacred area of Kumano Sanzan(three grand shrines) 
Takijiri Oji is located along the Tonda River(formerly Iwata River) 
 Pilgrims purify in this river. Ancient pilgrims believed that they could erase their sins.  
 In the Heian era (about 800 years ago), when Fijiwara Hidehira (Lord of north-east Japan) came to Takijiri Oji, his concubine gave birth to a boy. Considered that after childbirth, the mother was impure, so she couldn't visit shrines and temples for a while. 
 However, the daity of kumano appeared to Hidehira in a dream and told him to continue their pilgrimage.  They left the baby by a rock in a cave and continued. 
 When they returned, they found the baby in good health, having been protected by wolves and fed on water (milk) flowing a rock in gratitude. 
  Hidehira offered a sword for the birth and protection here of his child. This shrine is also called Tachi-no miya meaning, shrine of the sword. (Michiko)
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   急坂が続いています。ここは熊野古道の雰囲気のある道です。
A steep slope continues. We can feel the atmosphere of Kumano Kodo at this road.
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 高原熊野神社に着きました。この神社は室町時代の創建です。
We arrived at takahara Kumano Shrine. This shrine is founded in the Muromachi period.
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 神社の裏山に大きな古い楠がそびえています。樹齢600年~700年だとか。
Three large old trees grow on the backyard of the shrine. It's 600 to 700 years old.
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  神社の入口付近に庚申塚があります。台座に猿の絵が描かれているのは、かのえさるの日にお祭りしたことから、後の時代になって猿が描かれるようになりました。
   There is a Koshinzuka near the entrance of the shrine. The monkey's picture is drawn on the pedestal because People worshiped on the day of Koshin's day(Kanoe-saru), saru is monkey, so monkeys were drawn in later times.
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   素晴らしい景色が広がっています。いつ来ても感動します。神社の近くに「高原霧の里」があり、休憩所とトイレがあります。このあと、上多和までトイレはありません。家もなく、飲料や食べ物の販売店もありません。ここで昼食をすませることをお勧めします。

A wonderful view is spreading. I will be touched whenever I come. There is a 'Takahara Mist no Sato' near the shrine, there is a rest area and a toilet. There is no toilet until Kamita after this. There is no house, there is no store for drinks and food. I recommend you to have lunch here.
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  高原から傾斜が少しゆるやかになりますが、登り道が続きます。誰が摘んだのか道路わきに石を積み上げたミニチュアの塔がいくつか建っています。

  Although the slope will be a little gentle from the plateau, the climb continues. Who picked it There are several miniature towers piled stones on the street
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   高原池に着きました。まだまだ登り坂が続きます。途中、休憩しながら歩きましょう。かつて、この近くに水呑茶屋があったそうです。
   We arrived at Takahara pond. The climbing slope still continues. On the way, let's walk while taking a break. It seems that there used to be a water drink tea house near here.

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   大門王子跡につきました。かつてここに大きな門があったので大門とよばれました。

We arrived at Daimonji. Once there was a big gate here, it was called Daimon
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   小さな祠があり、きれいに整備されています。 

There is a small shrine and it is preserved. 
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猫ちゃん   
  「大門王子」で猫ちゃんを見つけました。6月に「高原池」で会ったので、0.5km熊野参詣の目的地に近づいたことになります。生きるための良い戦略を見つけたと想います。旅行者にニャーンと鳴いて寄って行けば、何か餌がもらえます。歩いている人たちは優しいし、鷹などに食べられることもありません。大門王子の約1m四方の建物で雨を避けられます。
  この猫はとてもきれいで、空腹そうでもありませんでした。「ちゃん」は子供の愛称ですが、今では70歳のおばちゃんでも「○○ちゃん」と呼ばれています。

  We find a Neko-chan (cat) at Daimon-Oji. I met her early June at Takahara-Lake. She moved 0.5km toword Kumano the destination of Kumano pilgrimage.She find a excellent strategy to survive. She calls travelers "meow, meow" and gets some foods. There are few dangers, walking people are warm hearted and there are no predators like hawks. At Daimon-Oji there is mini-shrine building about 1m by 1m and it become the umbrella for Neko-chan.
  
  She was very clean and seemed not hungry. She was very friendly. "Neko" is a cat in Japanese and "Chan" means pet name for children, but today, even 70 years old "Oba-chan" (aunty) is called "--- Chan". (Yasuo)
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   熊野古道はどこまでも続いています。少し平坦な道もありますが、まだまだ登り坂が続きます。

Kumano Kodo goes on. Here is a little flat road, but soon we must walk uphill.
  
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   昔、この辺りに大男がすんでいました。名前は悪四朗ですが決して悪い人ではありません。地元の人から慕われていました。
   Once upon a time a big man lived here. His name was Aku Siro. Aku means evil, but he was not bad ,so people called him this name as his nickname..
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   中辺路の上多和に「三体月」伝説が伝わっています。旧暦の11月23日に月が3つになって現れると言われています。
   The legend of "three moon" is transmitted at Uwadawa of Nakahechi. It is said that three moons will appear on November 23 of the lunar calendar.
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   滝尻王子から大阪本王子までの間に3つの炭焼き窯の跡を見つけました。直径が約2m、高さが1.5mの大きさでした。1960年代まではたくさんの炭焼き窯がありましたが、LPGがおもな燃料になってからは急激にすたれました。当時は木材や炭の運搬は人力で行ったので、炭焼きが窯は伐採する場所の一番下に作られました。一ヵ所の伐採が終わると、次の場所に移って、新しい窯を作りました。   
   今日、輸送は長距離をトラックで行います。一つの炭焼き窯は長期間使用されます。炭の需要は非常に限定的ですが、和歌山の「備長炭」は有名で高い品質を誇ります。「ウバメ樫」を使って作ります。  
   炭の材料に最適なのは樫の木で、「ウバメ樫」は特別です。どんぐり類がそれに続きます。炭焼き窯の跡の回りはほとんど桧や杉ですが、それらは炭に向きません。このことから、半世紀の間に自然に成長した森から、植林された桧や杉の林に変わったことがわかります。 

  Charcoal Kiln
  We found three charcoal kiln remains within 8km long pass. The size of them are about 2 meters in diameter and 1.5m in height.  
  Until 1960s there were many charcoal kilns, but then LPG became the most popular fuel and need of charcoal declined dramatically. In those days carrying woods and shipment of charcoal were done by human power. So charcoal kiln was located the bottom of wood harvest area. Logging in one area was completed then moved to next area and built new kiln. 
  Today transportation is done by tracks in long distance. One charcoal kiln is used in long period. Demand of charcoal is very limited but "Bincho-tan" made in Wakayama is very famous and high quality. It is made from "Ubame-gashi" oak tree.  
  Best material of charcoal is oak trees, especially "Ubame-gashi", then acorns are excellent. Around the kiln remains most trees are cypress and cedar. They are not suitable for charcoal.
  It means forest changed naturally grown forest to manmade cypress and cedar forest in a half century. (Yasuo)

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  10キロは歩いたでしょうか?登りの10キロは足にこたえます。少し休憩して、また歩きました。上多和を過ぎると、道路は下り坂となっています。 

We walked pretty well. Ten kilometers of climbing will respond to my feet. We rested a bit and walked again. After passing Uwadawa, the road has come downhill.
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  コンクリートの側道を横切り、急な下り坂を歩きます。崩れ石と呼ばれる石ころの多い道をすべらないように気をつけながら歩きました。
  After crossing the side road of concrete, we walked on a steep downhill. It is a stoney road called Kuzure-ishi( collapsed stone). The road seemed to slip, so we walked slowly.
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  大阪本王子です。この辺りは川が多く、いくつかの橋を渡りながら歩きます。
  It is Osaka-moto-0ji. There are many rivers around here, we walked across several bridges.
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   大阪本王子から谷川を約500mほど歩き、中辺路の道の駅にでました。午後3時30分、予定通りに着くことができました。誰かが良いました。「下界は暑いね」と。今日も1日、全員が無事に歩けて良かったです。ちょっと疲れたけれども気分はさわやかです。写真は上多和付近で。

  While watching the valley and the river from the Osaka-moto-oji, we went to the Michi-no-eki of Nakahechi It was 3:30 pm. We were able to arrive on schedule. Someone said that this world is hot.
It was good that everyone was able to walk safely . I am a little tired but feeling refreshing. The photo took at near Uwadawa.(Michi)
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 皆さん こんにちは。 
  熊野古道の滝尻王子から大坂本王子までの感想をお話したいと思います。距離は約10キロ、標高は、平均500メートルです。約6時間のハイキングでした。 13人の参加者達と共に思った以上の楽しい時間を過ごせました。 殆どの道が木陰で快適なハイキングでした。青空の美しい晴れのお天気で蒸し暑かったです。 
 しばらく汗をかきながら息もあえぎながら険しい坂道を登っていくと、さわやかな風が吹いてきて身体を元気づけてくれます。自然の最高の贈り物です。山道を歩いていると山の自然の生き物に気がつきます。ウグイス、ホトトギス そして夏の定番の蝉ですが、特にヒグラシの鳴き声は、味わいがあります。 
  さあ、私の好きな場所を皆さんにお勧めします。

高原の美しい山々――山の麓からの雄大な景色。 山々のグラデーションが魅力的です。
熊野神社の楠の木――神社の裏側に800年以上の楠の木があります。じっと見つめたり直接触ったりすると心の中にはかり知れない何かを感じるでしょう。

小判地蔵――沢山の巡礼者達は、病気や飢えで亡くなりました。昔、小判を口に加えて亡くなった巡礼者がいました。村人達は、供養し埋葬したのです。ここにその巡礼者を祀っています。  
  巡礼者達は、旅で亡くなることを覚悟していたのです。私たちは、古の巡礼者達が坂道を上ったり下ったりした同じ体験が出来ます。その後は、温泉で入浴は、いかがですか? きっと、気分サッパリと元気が出てきますよ!!(澤田トシ子)                
                                                 

 Hello everyone,  
 Here I would like to tell you my impression about Ancient Pilgrimage Route fromTakijiri Oji to Osakamoto Oji which extends about 10 kilometers and its altitude is 500meters on the average. And it takes about 6 hours.    I had a wonderful time with 13 participants and I could hike pleasantly because most of paths were in the shade of trees.   
 It was sunny day with beautiful blue sky. But it’s hot and humid. As I climbed up steep slope sweating and panting for a while, I got the biggest gift from nature, a gentle breeze, which made my body cooler and encouraged me. While hiking the path, I noticed living things in mountains such as bush warblers, little cuckoos and one of typical insets in summer cicadas, especially sound of evening cicadas was attractive. I heard nice concert there.   
 Well, I’d like to recommend you some spots that I like.

Beautiful mountains in Takahara
.   Views of the mountains looking down at the foot of mountain are spectacular.I was fascinated by subtle gradations of colors.

Giant camphor trees in Takahara Kumano Shrine.   There stand outstanding giant camphor trees behind the shrine. I recommend you gazing and touching them directly. I bet you may feel something immeasurable in your heart.

Koban Jizo.
   Here were many pilgrims who died of sickness or hunger. It is said that there was a traveler who died with Koban(gold coin used in olden times) in his mouth.Local people in this area gave him condolences and a burial. Pilgrims were prepared for the possibility they might die on the journey.   
 Visitors can climb up and down the ragged path as pilgrims in olden time did.After that, how about bathing in hot spring? You feel refreshed and revived.

Map (From Takijiri-oji to Chikatuyu-oji )
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by wakayamakiga | 2017-12-20 22:01 | Nakahichi route/中辺路 | Comments(0)

From Chikatuyu-Oji to Kobiro-Oji

21st on September, we walked from Michi-no-eki in Chikatsuyu to Kobiro-Oji. It was beautiful day, so we enjoyed scenery of early autumn.
At first we climed onto Hashiore-hill. The Kumano roed goes on a grove of cedar trees.
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The stone figure of Gyuba-doji standed on the hill. Gyu means cow and ba means horse, doji means child. Gyuba-doji is a kind of Buddhism statue.
It is said that this figure was made in Meiji era as the image of Kazan-houou. Houou is an abdicated emperor who has Joined a Buddhist order. The tragic story about Kazan is handed down through generations.

Gyuba-doji Statue
In Hashiori hill, there’s a small stone statue (about 50 cm tall)、called Gyuba-doji riding a horse and a cow、which was made in 1889 in memory of Kazan-in (968-1008).
This was his figure of 19 years old boy when he visited here.
He was unhappy emperor. Because he lost his emperor’s position by conspiracy.
After he became a monk, he visited many temples and shrines in Kumano and became one of emperors to make imperial pilgrimage to Kumano.
Many pilgrims in those days felt sorry for the lonely young emperor. That’s why he was loved by everybody. (Toshiko.S)

牛馬童子像
箸折峠には、牛と馬に乗った小さな石像(約50センチの高さ)があります。 1889年に花山院法皇(968-1008)供養の為に作られたものです。
花山院法皇が、箸折峠を訪れた19歳の時の姿です。花山院は、陰謀により天皇の地位を失ってしまった不幸な人でした。
僧侶になった後、熊野の沢山の神社や寺を巡礼し、熊野の巡礼道を作った一人でもあります。 
当時の多くの巡礼者は、可哀想な孤独な天皇を気の毒に思いました。 だからこそ、花山院は、人々に愛されてきました。
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Another stone monument that is called Hokyoin-to is standing behind the Gyuba-doji. Hokyoin-to is thought that written sutras had been in it.
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This is a statue of Enno-ozunu who was a mountain priest.
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The cluster amaryllis.(spider lilies)
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CHikatuyu village
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Chikatsuyu-Oji
10 minutes’ walk from Gyuba―Doji statue, you cross the Hiki River.Beside the river, there is Chikatsuyu―Oji which is classified in the rank below the Gotai―Oji (the five most revered Oji shrines).
From ancient times pilgrims purified themselves in the river before they worshipped the Oji. The Retired Emperor, Go-Toba (1180-1239) held a poetry composing gathering here.
Chikatsuyu is located about half way from Tanabe where you start walking the Nakahechi route to Kumano Hongu, so it is said that Chikatsuyu was the important place and was prosperous as a station with many inns and stores. (Yumiko.S)
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the remain of "Temma-sho"
"Temma-sho" was the "horse relay station" in Edo era, created by Tokugawa Ieyasu before the end of civil war( Sengoku era). He established Temma-sho network in whole Japan after he became shogunate.
There were 38 "Temma-sho"s in Kishu country or today's Wakayama prefecture. There are 125 railroad stations in the prefecture now. The number of "Temma-sho" indicate highly developed condition in Edo era compared to the number of the railroad stations today. Local people must maintain the Temma-sho with no salary. The horses at Temma-sho carried public resources and people to the next station, then horses were changed to new one. Kumano Kodo was the highway developed for strategic and economic purposes, rather than citizens.
In the area where we walked there were two stations. One was near Chikatsuyu-Oji and another one was at "Ippo-Sugi" in "Nonaka" about three km ahead. Next station was sixteen km to "Fushiogami-Oji".(Yasuo.H)

伝馬所跡
「伝馬所」は江戸時代に馬の中継点であった。これは戦国時代が終わる前に徳川家康によってつくられた。彼は将軍になると全国規模の伝馬所網を完成させた。
紀州、今日の和歌山県には38ヵ所の伝馬所があった。地元の住民は無償で伝馬所を維持しなければならなかった。伝馬所の馬は公共の物資や人員を次の中継点まで運び、新しい馬に引き継いだ。 割らした智が歩いた所には2つの伝馬所があり、ひとつは近露王子のそば、もう一つはの中の一方杉にあり、距離は約3mである。
次の伝馬所はもっと遠くて、伏拝王子にあり、距離は16kmである。 例えば野中の伝馬所では11頭の馬と人夫が常駐し、現在の消防署のようにいつでも出発できるように維持されていた。

white cluster amaryllis.
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Tomb of the Nonagase Clan
After Chikatsuyu-Oji, you walk through Chikatsuyu village houses, take the left pass when you come to the intersection.
Follow a narrow slope lane beside small houses, you can find the tomb stones of the Nonagase Clan on the hill.
They are the stone stupa such as Gorin-tou and Hokyo-in-tou, and tomb stones which are said to be from 15th century (Muromachi era)
The Nonagase Clan had governed this Chikatsuyu area as the ruler of the manor owned by the noble class of Kyoto Imperial families.
The graves of Nonagase clan.
There had been about 60 year’s war in 14th century among the Kyoto Imperial families for the power, the two factions (North families and South families) battled each other supported by samurai warrior groups.
The Nonagase Clan supported the South, through the marriage of their several daughters with the imperial family of the South.
The Nonagase Clan was given the family name “Yokoya”(side arrow)as the reward for their protection of Ohto-miya (an imperial prince of the South) when he was attacked in 1332.
The name of the local Clan in such mountainous district was highlighted through their active role in the history of the Kyoto Imperial families in 14th century.
You can find many “Yokoya” family tombs in the cametry. (Haruo.S)

近露王子から東へ、集落を過ぎた交差点の左の道、民家の庭先の坂を登ると、小高い丘に、野長瀬一族の墓石が集められている。
この山深い地域を治めた(貴族の荘園の管理職)野長瀬一族の墓石や、「五輪塔」「法篋印塔」があり、15世紀(室町末期)以降の作と云われている。
14世紀初め、当時の天皇家の権力争いで、2派(北朝町と南朝)が抗争、それを支援する武士集団が加わり、約60年間争いが続いた。
野長瀬一族は南朝の天皇家と姻戚を結び(娘を嫁がせる)支援した。
1332年の戦いで、南朝の大塔宮護良親王への攻撃を守ったことで、「横矢」の姓を授かっている。当時の栄枯とその後の統治により、この墓地の墓石には横矢姓が多い。
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The sky was blue and it became a nice weather. we looked at Chiikano Elementary school on our left side, we had lunch at the yard of Chikano Shrine. After lunch we walkd again Kumano kodo , past Chikano Junir high school and went up the slope to the left. There was a small stone Budhha.
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Kodo meet to wide and gentle road. we can enjoy nature view of the mountains. this mountain celled " Otome no negao". Otome means maiden, negao means sleeping face.
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We can see a pointed mountain in the far away, it is called "Mikamori-yama". Mika means three days. It is said that Ogurihangan and his wife Terutehime passed this mountain. they had taken three days to pass there.
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The monument of Hisohara-Oji
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What is this flower's name? Bush clover?
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Nonaka no Ipousugi
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Tsugizakura-OJi (Torii gate)
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Tsugizakura-Oji Shrine
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another Ipou-sugi
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Toganoki-chaya(tea house)
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Map (From Chikatuyu-oji to Kobiro-oji )
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by wakayamakiga | 2017-12-20 21:59 | Nakahichi route/中辺路 | Comments(0)

Dainichi Pass in Kumano kodo

"Dainichi pass"
from Hongu to Yunomine
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After lunch, we walked to Oyunahara、 the original Hongu Grand Shrine. Then we headed to Yunomine Hot Spring on the "Dainichi Goe" pass. This route is only 2.2km and the shortest road in Kumano Kodo. But it is steep road climbing about 250m in elevation.

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We crossed Otonashi River and Iwata River that stream was used for "Mizu-gori" or purifying body for pilgrims, and road is flat. From here Dainichi Goe begin. We walked on well maintained steep stone step road. Two Japanese travelers walked with us and said "this road is too good (and I was disappointed)". But it is not correct, the road was complated in early 17th century and had been used until today.
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Steep but good conditioned stone step road continues about 0.5km. Around the road there are big cedar and cypress trees. In the forest there are many flat areas. It suggests once there were many rice paddies composing the terrace field. Developing the economy after WWⅡ, many people migrated to the city and rice paddle changed to the cedar or cypress forest.
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Then slope become milder and stone step is broken and rough. At the point 170m climbed, there is "Tukimi-ga-Oka" Shrine or moon watching shrine. It's name suggests this area was open and scenic space in the ancient times, not the forest. The road makes sharp turn to the right.
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At the second sign pole indicating 1km, we reached the highest point and descend to Yunomine Hot Spring. We passed "Nose lost stone statue" or Hanakake Jizo. Then road become steeper and steeper down to Yunomine. Soon we can see among the cedar trees some curved tile roofs in Yunomine. We saw Yunomine Oji (mini shrine) and finaly arrived at Yunomine Hot Spring. (yasuo H)

from Hongu to Yunomine

The mountain pass from Yunomine-onsen toKumano-Hongu Grand Shrine.

This route is a bypass track of Nakahechiroute, ancient pilgrimage road to Kumano.

People purified themselves in the hotspring of Yunomine-onsen, before entering Kumano-Hongu Grand Shrine.

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From Yunomine-Oji behind Yunomine-onsen, you walkup a steep slope, around

Dainichi-mountain (about 200m level aboveYunomine-onsen)

 

and walkdown to Kumano-Hongu Grand Shrine, about 3.4km, which is an easy walk if you takeyour own pace.

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Along the ridge under cedar trees, theancient Jizo stones such as Hanakaki-Jizo , then Tsukimigaoka-shrine from whichcommands a view of Ohyunohara (the old site of Kumano-Hongu Grand Shrine)locates in the Kumano-river. (Haruo S)

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熊野古道、中辺路の分岐ルートで、湯峰温泉から熊野本宮大社への峠越え道です。

古く旅人は湯峰温泉で湯垢離をとり本宮へ参詣しました。

湯峰温泉山側の湯峰王子から急な坂道を登り、大日山の山腹を下る、標高差200m、約3.4kmの行程で、ゆっくりペースをとって登れば良い。


杉木立の尾根道の山中、鼻欠地蔵の石片を過ぎて下ると、月見ヶ丘神社があり、熊野川の大斎原(おおゆのはら)が眺められます。
 


 Yunomine-Onsen

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The Yunomine Onsen is a hot springlocated about 2 km to the southwest of Kumano Hongu GrandShrine.

In Edo era, pilgrims purified theirminds and bodies by using this hot spring water before worship in Hongu GrandShrine. It was believed that this hot spring was goodfor incurable disease.

About 6 hundred years ago, a worrier Oguri Hangan who came from the eastern part of Japan heard about this and visited here to heal incurable disease.

It is said he could recover through Kumano Gongen (an incarnation of Buddha)

and Yakushi Nyorai ( a healing Buddha at temple of Toko) after he soaked in a hot spring in Yunomine.


This rumor spread quickly through Japan by Nenbutsu -Hijiri(Nenbutsu priests), who were members of Jishu or Ji sect, which was founded by Saint Ippen.

KumanoBikuni (Kumano nuns) also had to do with advocating this matter deeply. (Toshiko S)

 湯峰温泉 
 湯峰温泉は、熊野本宮大社より約2キロ南西にある温泉です。

 江戸時代に巡礼者達は、本宮大社に参詣する前に身体を清めるのにこちらで湯垢離をしました。

 この温泉の湯は、不治の病に効き目があると信じられました。

 およそ600年前、東日本に滞在していた武士の小栗判官は、不治の病を治す温泉の効用を知り湯峯温泉にやって来ました。

 小栗判官は、温泉に浸ると熊野権現と薬師如来の力で元の姿に戻ったと言う話が伝わっています。

 この噂は、時宗の遊行聖達によって日本中に広まりました。 時宗とは、浄土宗の一派で念仏宗のことです。一遍上人が開祖です。 遊行聖達と同様に熊野比丘尼も関わって来たと言われています。

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熊野古道・小広王子~発心門王子

 11月16日(木)、中辺路の小広王子から歩きました。 
 途中、福定の大銀杏をカメラにおさめようと寄り道をしました。まだ少し早いようですが、秋の景色を満喫し、小広へ向かいました。

  On Thursday November 16 (Thursday), I walked from Kobiro-Oji to Hoshinmon-Oji of Nakahechi with KIGA members. On the way to Kobiro, we looked at a big old ginkgo tree of Fukusada, and we took it in our cameras.

This area of Kumano road changed to walk through Rindo( forest roads) from Nakodo-tea house caused by disasters about five years ago, but recently I got a information that we are able to walk, so we decided to walk on the old road.(Michi.A)
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 幹の大きさに年輪を感じますね。
It is a big trunk, I feel it annual rings.

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 小広からすぐに、右手の森の中に入ります。数十メートル歩いたあと、ふたたび国道に戻り、左手の自然林にはいります。
 仲人茶屋からは5年ほど前の災害による土砂崩れのため、現在は林道を歩くコースとなっていますが、最近、歩けたという情報が入ったので、思いきって旧道を歩くことにします。

The Kumano road goes on in a forest of the right hand side . After walking about tens meters, we will return to the rout 311 again and enter the natural forest on our left side.
This area of Kumano road changed to walk through Rindo( forest roads) from Nakodo-tea house caused by disasters about five years ago, but recently I got a information that we are able to walk, so we decided to walk on the old road.(Michi.A)

私達は,小広王子を出発し、熊瀬川王子を通り、草鞋峠へと続く急な坂を登り始めました。
 峠を越えると,今度は急な下り坂になり、この坂は“女坂”(めざか)と呼ばれています。その後、ふたたび急な坂を登りますが、この坂が男坂(おざか)と呼ばれ、これらの坂を合わせて夫婦坂(めおとざか)と呼ばれています。
 これにちなんで,二つの峠の谷間の川沿いにあった茶屋を仲人茶屋と呼びます。
 この辺りは熊野古道の中でも難所として知られています。
 この坂をのぼりきった所に岩神王子があります。ここから三越峠方面の眺めは素晴らしく、みんなの疲れも吹き飛びました。
Nov 16th,We started from Kobiro-Oji pass through Kumasegawa Oji, and we started climbing a steep slope leading to Waraji-toge pass.
When we crosses the pass, it becomes a steep downhill. This is called “Mezaka” (woman's slope). After that, We started climbing a steep uphill slope again. This is called “Ozaka” (man's slope). And these slopes are called “Meotozaka” (couple's slope)
After this, we call the tea house along the river between two passages as a “Nakoudo chaya” (matchmaker tea house). This area is said to be a tough place.
At the end of the passage, there is a Iwagami Oji.
From there, the view of the Mikoshi toge pass direction was wonderful!
And everyone's tiredness was blown away by the wonderful view. (Michiko Y.)



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 無事にあるけました。岩神王子につきました。
We arrived at Iwagami-Oji safely.

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 岩神王子の後方で、切株を椅子にしてランチタイムです。
 We had lunch time behind Iwagami Oji, on tree stubs as chairs.

 
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 おぎん地蔵
  湯川村の上流の谷川のほとりに、小さな石の地蔵があり、おぎん地蔵と呼ばれています。 それには江戸時代(1813年)にあった悲話が伝えられています。
  京都の芸妓だったおぎんがこの地に住む婚約者の湯川豊之丞を訪ねる道中で、山賊にあい金品を奪われ殺されたと云われています。
  当時の熊野古道は男性でさえも道中で山賊に襲われる危険がありました。 村人がおぎんの不幸を悲しみ葬るとともに、地蔵尊に託して道中の安全を願う地蔵を建てました。 

 Ogin-Jizo 
 A small stone-made Jizo stands at riverside of Yukawa-river. There is a sad story about Ogin-Jizo. In 1813 (Edo period), Ogin, a Geisha (a prostitute at Kyoto) was robbed of her money and killed here when she was on the way from Kyoto to visit her fiancé, Toyonojo lived at the village along Yukawa-river.  
 The robbery by bandits along the Kumano pilgrimage rout was always a risk even for men at Edo period.  
 A Jizo statue is usually dedicated as a guardian of the area. The village people prayed for a sad victim of pilgrimage, and expected she would then protect pilgrimages through a power of Jizo deity. (Haruo S.)

  蛇型地蔵
  蛇形地蔵は、長い間、岩神峠にありました。お地蔵さんの後方には、蛇形と呼ばれる蛇の模様の石があります。蛇形地蔵は、古道を歩いている途中で病気や飢餓で倒れた人々を弔う石仏でした。  
 言い伝えによると、明治の中頃(19世紀)、この地域に大洪水があり、村人達は、危険に陥りました。 その時お地蔵さんは、大声で叫び村人達が高台に避難するように知らせたのでした。村人は、運良く救われたのでした。その後、お地蔵さんをここに移し、今でも村人達に手厚く大切にされています。 
もう一つ、この地域では、旅人達が、ダルに取り付かれるかもしれません。
   この危険を避けるために昼食をすべて食べてしまわないで少しダルに残してあげましょう。

  Jyagata-Jizo
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蛇形地蔵
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 This stone statue of Jizo or a Buddhist deity was placed in Iwagami mountain pass for a long time.   
  Behind the Jizo, there’s a rock with markings of snakeskin called Jagata. It was a stone statue to hold a memorial service for those travelers who died of hunger and illness on their way to destination.  
  According to a local legend, in the middle of the Meiji Era (19th C), when there was a big flood around this area, villagers were in danger. 
 Then this Jizo shouted to let them know that they should take refuse to the hilltop. And they were saved luckily. After that, they moved this Jizo in here and is enshrined respectfully even today.  
 There’s one more thing to tell you. Around this area, travelers may be possessed by Daru spirits or evil spirits. It is said not to eat all your lunch.  
  Leave some food for them to avoid its danger. (Toshiko.S)


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 今日の参加者9名。/ I took a picture with nine members.

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岩田川に沿った道を歩く。紅葉が秋を告げている。
Following the course of the Iwata river, it was autumn leaves.

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船玉神社/Funatama Shrine


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猪鼻王子/Inohana-Oji ruins



MAP : From Kobiro-Oji to Hosshinmon Oji
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