About World Heritage
The Kii Mountains have been thought as a sacred area where gods reside from the age of myth.
As a result, three sacred sites which have different origins and contents, Kumano Sanzan (Sacred Sites of Kumano), Koyasan (Sacred Sites of Koya) and Yoshino Omine (Sacred Sites of Yoshino and Omine) and pilgrimage routes to these sacred sites were formed.
Kumano Sanzan, located in the southeastern part of the Kii Mountains, has three shrines, "Kumano Hongu Taisha", "Kumano Hayatama Taisha", and "Kumano Nachi Taisha", which are have been worshiped as the "Kumano Sansho Gongen".
Having 1200 years of religious history, Koyasan is a mountain top religious city formed by 117 temples, combined with the surrounding steep mountain ridges and deep forests, it produces a cultural landscape related to faith.
Located in the southeastern part of the Kii Peninsula, Kumano Sanzan is far from the capital Kyoto and other regions, so three routes were developed according to the starting points.
There are several pilgrimage routes to Koyasan.
Yoshino and Omine
Sacred site "Yoshino and Omine" includes Yoshinoyama, Yoshino Mikumari-jinja, Kimpu-jinja, Kimpusen-ji, Yoshimizu-jinja, and Ominesan-ji.
This Pilgrimage route connects Yoshino and Omine, and Kumano Sanzan, and is a stage for ascetic practices.
Wakayama World Heritage CenterExhibitions "Kii Spirit"
The Wakayama Prefecture World Heritage Center has an exhibition and Exchange Space called "Kii Spirit" which introduces the world heritage of Wakayama Prefecture.