Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)（Kawasemi）
"Flying Jewels" that can be seen from the bridge
The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is also called the “flying jewel” because of its beautiful dark blue-green or sky-blue color. They are slightly larger than sparrows, and catch crayfish or small fish in the water. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of them from a bridge over the Ikushi-gawa River where the ancient trail passes.
15 minutes’ walk from JR Kii-Hime Station
Mifune Matsuri Festival – a Finale of the Kumano Taisha Grand Shrine Matsuri Festival (One of the Annual Grand Festivals Held at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine)
（Kumano Hayatama Taisha Reitai-sui, Mifune Matsuri）