World Heritage Koyasan
The Kii Mountains have been considered a solemn, special region since ancient times. These mountains deep in the forest were also an ideal place for progressing in Buddhist training. This eventually brought about “pilgrimage routes” that led to the three hallowed grounds – Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan, and Yoshino/Omine – which differ in origin and style. Many people now come from all over to visit this location.
In July 2004 (Heisei 16), these sacred sites and pilgrimage routes were registered as a World Heritage Site called “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.” The territories under this designation include the Koya Sankei-michi and Choishi-michi Routes, Kongobu-ji Temple precincts (6 regions), as well as 12 buildings in the Koyasan region.
・Honzan Area (Kongobu-ji Head Temple)
・Danjo Garan Area
・Dai-mon Gate Area
・Kongosanmai-in Temple Area
・Tokugawa Mausoleum Area
Koya Sankei-michi Pilgrimage Routes
・Choishi-michi Route (Kudoyama-Town Jison-in Temple — Danjo Garan — Okuno-in)
・Kyo Osaka-michi Route Fudo-zaka
・Kumano Pilgrim Route, Kohechi Route (Koyasan — Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine)
Wakayama World Heritage Center
100-1 Hongu Hongu Town Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 647-1731