Kumano is the ancient name of the southern part of the Kii Peninsula. Since prehistoric times mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests of its rugged environment have been considered object of worship. Unique forms of Buddhism and native Shinto beliefs have blended together creating a complex and mystical set of symbolism and rituals. Kumano Kodo is a network of ancient pilgrimage trails that cross the beautiful mountains of the Kii Peninsula and connect the three main shrines, an unmissable experience for nature and hiking lovers. We generally hike the Nakaheachi (Imperial) route, by far the most popular, interesting and beautiful of the possible options.