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Deep in the mountains of Japan's Wakayama Peninsula winds an ancient network of trails, shrines and temples designed to restore and purify one's spirit. Where Shoguns once lost their way in the forests, today pilgrims can follow the well-marked and maintained Kumano Kodo trails in the footsteps of Imperial processions, samurai warriors, Buddhist and Shinto clergy. On this episode of Big Blend Radio, travel writer Elaine Masters talks about the traditions and the deeply moving hikes through ancient Cypress groves, past small village farms, and a breathtaking local festival at the temple site of Japan's tallest waterfall. Read her story on NationalParkTraveling.com.
Featured music is “Mori (Forest Song)” featured on the “Yuna” album by Yagull. Thanks to the International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) for sponsoring this episode.