DAY 7 Kumano Kodo - Toba (Optional Enroute to Ise Shrine, Futamigaura (Meoto-iwa)
Today is self-guided exploration with public transportation.
After having breakfast, catch a ferry back to Katsuura and train to Toba, located in the neighbouring Mie Prefecture.
Mie Prefecture clings to a crinkled coastline on the Kii Peninsula, bounded by primeval forests. The area is well-known for producing some of the freshest seafood in Japan and pearl cultivation.
Enroute to visit the famous Ise Shrine, one of the most sacred areas for the Shinto religion and a favourite pilgrimage destination for Japanese people. The shrine, completely rebuilt every 40 years, is located in the middle of a beautifully forested area and requires a walk on a path across the woods in order to be reached. Only the shrines façade can be seen, as the rest of the facilities are considered too sacred to be visited by commoners and most of them can only be accessed by the Emperor.
Take a short walk to the picturesque district of Okage Yokocho. Within its 3.2 acre site, Okage Yokocho has a beautiful array of architecture dating from the Edo and Meiji periods thereby creating a delightful and historical atmosphere.
Stop for lunch at one of the elegant Japanese-style restaurants offering refined specialties, such as freshly prepared tofu or grilled eel, and a variety of other local products.
Continue your journey to Futamigaura, known for its Husband-and Wife Rocks (Meoto-iwa), two curious outcrops standing in the sea connected by a sacred straw rope when they are symbolically wed each year.
Finally, arrive at Toba and check in your luxury accommodation where you'll stay for two nights. Located at the northeastern end of the Shima-hanto Peninsula in Mie Perfecture, Oyado The Earth rests in a primeval forest and sits along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Western / Japanese
Twin beds / Futon
Private indoor / outdoor onsen
There is Earth Observatory at your accommodation. From the observatory deck, you can soak up the high noon sun, gaze upon the seemingly infinite ocean, ponder the stars and moon in the middle of the night, and give homage to the rising sun.
Oyado The Earth