• Hatenashi settlement in Totsukawa, called village in the sky

    2019/06/13

    Hatenashi settlement is located on a high place, which is approx. 400m above sea level in Totsukawa village.
    The settlement has still remained Japanese rural scenery, beautiful stone-paved path and also friendly local people.
    It is known as one of Japan’s top 100 villages for its beauty and also Kumanokodo Kohechi toute passes through the settlement.
     

     
     
    Kumanokodo is ancient pilgrimage trail routes to Kumano. You might know as it was registered as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004, under the name of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.
    Kumano is the heartland of spiritual culture in Japan and all pilgrimage routes lead to the three Grand Shrines of Kumano: Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha. Those are also known as Kumano Sanzan.
     

     
     
    Kumanokodo Kohechi route links Mt. Koya to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, and it runs north to south via Hatenashi settlement.
    The fields at the settlement are brimmed with cherry blossom, hydrangea, narcissus and green rice plant at every season.
    It is called village in the sky for its beauty.
     

     

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