PILGRIMAGE ROUTES IN KII - JAPAN
The Kii Mountain Range is located to the south of Kyoto and Nara, ancient capital cities that ruled Japan for over 1300 years. Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains , three sacred sites - Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, and Koyasan - linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, and Buddhism. Each of the three sites contains shrines, some of which were founded as early as the 9th century. Yoshino Mikumari Shrine is a Shinto shrine which worships the god of fertility and safe childbirth. Kinpu Shrine is an important place to practice Shugendo. Kinpusen-ji has three hidden wooden statues of the Buddha Zao Gongen are enshrined. Ominesan-ji is one of the main sacred places of Shugendo and is crowded with worshippers during the mountain Climbing season.