A Kumano Pilgrimage by Car

Behind the wheel along the Kumano River

By Kenny King Hin Choi    - 1 min read

The Kumano River runs from Mount Omine in Nara south through Mie and Wakayama Prefectures towards the Pacific Ocean. It ends at Shingu, where Kumano Hayatamataisha, a starting/ending point for the Kumano pilgrimage routes, is located.

The mountainous landscape along the 183 kilometer course is stunningly beautiful. You can board a traditional wooden boat to experience the true essence of it, but even simply driving along it is an enjoyable experience. Mountain roads and breathtaking views of the river left me with an excellent memory of my travel in Kansai.

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Kenny King Hin Choi

Kenny King Hin Choi @kenny.king.hin.choi

I had spend almost the last 10 years traveling to different corners of the world seldom reached by others as tourists. Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Bangladesh and Ukraine are among many others. To see and smell a place first handedly is absoulutely differnt from reading and hearing from mass media. Japan has been the country I always aspired to as I first set foot there when I was 14 years old. The rich cultural heritage and freindliness of the people left inside me a wonderful memory. Therefore I was there again when I was 17. I have been recently staying in Germany for my studies, traveling around Europe to experience its diversity and rich history. Yet I still wish I could visit Japan again in the near future, preferably to Hokaiido and Fukuoka. Outside traveling, my hobbit is photography, cycling, sailing and cooking. Honestly Japanese food is one of the best in the world. As a fish lover, I could not resist Japanese crusine. Otherwise, Ramen, Sushi and green tea are all my favourite. When I read cultural studies in the university in Hong Kong, Japan turned out to me as a very speical society. The mentality and popular culture which has affected the world is inspiring. I really hope I could go deeper into this when I got the chance.