The Kii Mountain Range was added to UNESCO World Heritage list in July 2004 for its sacred sites and pilgrimage routes. Our reporter heads to Mie Prefecture and travels the Iseji route of the Kumano Kodo starting at Ise Jingu, Japan's head Shinto shrine. She takes a 2-day, 1-night trip through nature along the mountain, beach and river pilgrimage routes of the Iseji. Also, we zoom in nori seaweed, a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine.
<em>Reporter:</em> Janni Olsson<br /><br /><em>Access</em><br />3 hrs 30 mins by train on the JR Line from Tokyo Sta. to Iseshi Sta.<br />1 hr 45 mins by train on the Kintetsu Line from Osaka-Namba Sta. to Iseshi Sta.
From Iseshi Sta.<br />- 15 mins by bus to Ise Jingu<br />- 20 mins by bus to Meoto Iwa <br /><br />From Kumanoshi Sta.<br />- 5 mins by car to Matsumoto-Toge<br />- 10 mins on foot to Shichirimi Beach<br />- 40 mins by car to Maruyama Senmaida<br />- 40 mins by car to Choshi River
From Shingu Sta.<br />- 10 mins by car to Hana-asobi<br />- 20 mins by car to Enmei Jizo<br />- 15 mins by bus to Kumanogawa Taikenjuku<br />- 15 mins on foot to Kumano Hayatama Taisha<br /><br /><em>Other places of interest nearby</em><br />Henba-mochi: available at 4 shops in Ise City<br />Akafuku-mochi: available at many shops around Ise City <br />Nikenjaya-mochi: 15 mins by bus from Iseshi Sta.