Sunday, March 10, 2019

Carpe Diem #1623 Kumano Kodo ... Daniche-Goe route: Kumano Hongu Taisha to Yunomine Onsen

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend and that you all are ready to go on with our Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. Today we are taking a small detour. We will follow the so called Dainichi Goe, a small part of this pilgrimage from  Hongu Taisha to Yunomine Onsen. Let me tell you a little bit more about this small detour.

The Dainichi-goe route is a short but relatively steep trail over Mt. Dainichi that links Kumano Hongu Taisha with Yunomine Onsen.
The Hanakake Jizo is on the ridge, and on the eastern slope is Tsukimigaoka-jinja. This shrine is located in a grove of old-growth trees and was historically associated with the Shugendo sect in the area. Let me give you a nice video about this part of the Kumano Kodo. (video taken from You Tube)

Every year on April 13th, the first day of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival, participants walk this section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. One of the most beautiful sightings here is the Tukimigaoka-jinja Shrine.

Tsukimigaoka-jinja Shrine, an auxiliary shrine outside the precincts of Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, is located on the hillside along the Dainichi-goe Section. The shrine is surrounded by ancient cypress trees which are hundreds of years old, and it looks sublime in the morning mist.

ancient times
coming alive under the cypress trees
ah! the morning mist

© Chèvrefeuille

What a wonderful place this is. I hope you all have found the inner peace we all need sometimes in our life and that it brings you the so needed inspiration.

This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 17th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode later on.

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