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Hour / 9:00 → 17:00
Closed on / New Year Holiday ( from December 31 to January 1 )
Admission / Free
Kumano Kodo Center was established by Mie Prefecture on February 10th 2007 in commemoration of the sacred places and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
It was registered as a World Heritage Site on July 7th 2004.
The building of Kumano Kodo Center is constructed with 6,549 local Owase Hinoki (cypress). These hinoki trees are from60 to 80 year old.
Owase area has a lot of rainfall and steep landforms. The land is not rich owing to erosion from rainfall。 Owase hinoki needs a long time to grow and its annual tree rings are very thick. On the other hand, the natural conditions of Owase make the trees stout and give them a beautiful and lustrous texture.
This building is made up of pillars, beams and walls which are composed by combined blocks of Owase hinoki. Retaining the traditional Japanese decorous buildings, Kumano Kodo Center represents beauty and strength of the straight lines of the building.
On the theme ”People and Roads,here and beyond” Kumano Kodo Center is founded with the aim of revitalizing the neighboring areas by giving information on Kumano Kodo and promoting interchange with locals .
Kumano Kodo Center has facilities for achieving its founding aim as follows.
A spacious and bright room with the scent of the Owase Hinoki (Japanese cypress)
Visitors to Kumano Kodo and the local people can use it to relax and enjoy meeting with other people. (food and drink is permitted but no alcohol.)
A variety of events are held here to encourage people to meet and deepen cultural exchange.
＜Interchange Lobby ＞
Experimental study room . Japanese-style room
Various experimental studies are held with items of Eastern Kishu. Visitors of all ages can enjoy making articles and touching nature.
These rooms are also available for rent.
＜Practical Room ＞ ＜Japanese-Style Room＞
In the Audio-visual room, historical and seasonal sights of Kumano-kodo are always introduced using HDTV.
This room can also be used for watching movies and giving lectures.
(On occasions of renting facilities and events, HDTV cannot be used.)
＜Audio-Visual Room＞ ＜Permanent Exhibition Room＞
In the Permanent Exhibition Room, the Kumano-kodo and its neighboring
nature, history and culture are effectively introduced by presenting replicas and pictures highlighting the charms of the Kumano area.
In the Project exhibition room, valuable items are collected from all over the country and specific exhibitions are held on a certain theme.
Local people can also make use of this room for art and handiwork exhibitions.
＜Project Exhibition Room＞
＜Project Exhibition Room＞
＜Selected Exhibition Room＞