World Heritage Coin Sets 12. Sacred Sites and Pilcrimage Routes in The Kii Moutain Range
The Kii Mountain Range has played an important role as an active stage for spiritual and cultural development and interchange since ancient times. Since the earliest times this region has nurtured not only Shinto, Japan's indigenous religion of nature worship, but also Buddhism, which was introduced from China and underwent unique development in Japan, as well as the Shugen sect of ascetic Buddhism, which was formed out of the two.
The sacred places in this mountain area, i.e. the sacred sites of Koyasan, Kumano Sanzan, Yoshino and Omine, and the pilgrimage routes leading to and linking them, such as the Omine Okugakemichi, the Kumano Sankeimichi and the Koyasan Choishimichi, remain in an extremely good condition of conservation. They are all the more valuable in view of the fact that they have never ceased to be an active part of people's daily lives right up to the present day.