|Title||Sacred Sites and Pigrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range|
The Kii Peninsula is a large area of mostly rugged mountains and forests south-east of Osaka and near the historically and culturally important cities of Nara and Kyoto. The area containing (1) The three sacred shrines of Kumano (Shingu, Hongu and Nachi) (2) Mt. Koya and (3) Mt. Yoshino, was declared World Heritage Cultural Site in 2004. And, quite unusually, the routes linking the three sites have also been added to the World heritage list.
The area is visited by up to 15 million visitors per year for sacred and secular pursuits. It is a naturally endowed area with streams, rivers, waterfalls and thick forests throughout the mountains and popular for hiking and sightseeing as well as worship and communing with nature.
The sacred sites represent a unique fusion of Shinto which is based on the tradition of
nature worship in Japan and Buddhism , introduced from China and Korea.
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