"Moja-no-Deai" (Abode of the Dead) Surrounded with Fog(Kirigakaru Moja-no-Deai)


Dead people making pilgrimages to Kumano Sanzan shrines (the three grand shrines of Kumano)

Roughly midway along the Ogumotori-goe Section of the Nakahechi route, you can find an area called “Moja-no-Deai” (meaning “Abode of the Dead”). It is said that in that area, you may have a chance to see the souls of your deceased family members. When the trail, where stone pavements still remain, becomes veiled in fog, the mysterious atmosphere of Moja-no-Deai is further enhanced.


Kuchiirokawa, Nachi-Katsuura Town
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From Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine or Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple, follow the Ogumotori-goe Section of the Kumano Kodo’s Nakahechi route in the direction of the Koguchi area (Kumanogawa Town, Shingu City). Walking time to “Moja-no-Deai”: 1 hour and 50 minutes. 


Recommended spot

Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine > Koguchi (Kumanogawa Town, Shingu City)