Kumano Kodo IV

We finish our journey to Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine by taking a boat down the Kumano River. The ancient pilgrims took this route using similar flat-bottom boats.

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Our tour guide

We see a boat like ours being helped by the wind.

The tour guide plays a flute by the cliff face.

At Kumano Hayatama Great Shrine, we watch a guy bow, ring the bell, bow and pray, clap hands, bow, and walk away. The exact way of doing this varies among people and shrines.

We walk the path up Mt. Gongen, where there is a rock upon which God descended.

The place where God descended.

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The shrine below the rock where God descended.

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The rock where God descended

Meditation

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