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Wakayama / Tokyo, Jan 28 (ANI): Wakayama prefecture is located in the Kansai region on Honshu Island’s Kii Peninsula. A rich in nature, it is home of ancient Kumano shrine, which enshrines the three Kumano mountains – Hongu, Shingu and Nachi. Pilgrimage to these shrines is called Kumano Moude in Japanese. The Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is the initial destination of the pilgrimage. After climbing 158 stone steps surrounded by Japanese cedar trees, the shrine appears with the dignity of Hiwadabuki (cypress bark roof). The Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is a place to pray for thoughts towards the future and how to pursue their goals. While Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine governs the present, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine is in charge of the past. The Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine looks beautiful with its vermillion-lacquered buildings. The Kamikura-jinja Shrine is the auxiliary shrine in its detached land of Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine. The object of worship is a stone called the Gotobiki stone. In Kumano’s local dialect, Gotobiki means toad. It’s based on the fact that the shape the stone is close to that of a toad. The Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is the final destination of the pilgrimage. The associated shrine the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is the Hiro-jinja Shrine where the object of worship is the Nachi Waterfall. It is the highest waterfall in Japan with its fall of 133 meters. The temple next to the Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine is the Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple. It’s a temple devoted to the Tendai section of Buddhism. In the past, the road for pilgrimage to the Kumano Sanzan was called Kumano Kodo. In 2004, the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range which includes Kumano Sanzan and Kumano Kodo were registered as a World Heritage Site. The hot springs are for resting after the pilgrimage to the shrines. The Sennin-buro River Bath of Kawayu Onsen is an open air bath that was made from holding back

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