Long ago, the Japanese believed that their gods lived in the Kii Mountain Range, which is right on Japan’s coast of the Pacific Ocean. This led to the worship of gods and nature within these mountains, and pilgrimage routes were developed.

There are three sacred sites in this mountain range, which are the Yoshino and Omine, the Koyasan, and the Kumano Sanzan, with the pilgrimage route between these sites known as the Kumano Kodo. Each site is home to ancient shrines, some going back to the 9th century.

These mountains have been preserved for over 1,200 years due to the belief of the area being sacred.

WHY SPECIAL

2 sites in this World Heritage

  • Mount Yoshino
  • Pilgrimage Routes (Kumano Kodo)

Mount Yoshino

Pilgrimage Routes (Kumano Kodo)

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Japan 
Category
Cultural
Name
Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
2004
Keyword
Buddhism, Mountain, Registered in 2004, Sacred Place, Shrine