Kii Peninsula Holidays
The Kii Peninsula is one of the most pronounced peninsulas found on the Japanese island of Honshu. This location is known for a few rather interesting features. For example, the waters just off of the coast are home to the most northerly coral reefs in the world. The tropical rainforests associated with the Kii Peninsula are the wettest in the world; an estimated five metres of rainfall can occur here each year. Still, the beauty associated with the Kii Peninsula is not to be taken lightly and many foreigners visit this location every year. What is in store and why is this peninsula so very popular?
A Closer Look at the Kii Peninsula
Nature lovers will almost certainly arrive here to experience the dense tropical rainforests which tend to define this peninsula. The forests in and around the Yoshino District are some of the most unexplored regions on the planet and there are even myths about a Japanese Yeti that can still be seen from time to time. It therefore makes perfect sense that monks as well as ancient warlords utilised these forests as a place of refuge over the years and many ruins can still be seen. This brings us to our next point.
Mount Koya is the most pronounced mountain found within the Kii Peninsula and it is still home to a sect of Buddhist monks known as the Shingon. There are several famous sites which can be visited during your stay. These include (but are without a doubt not limited to) the mausoleum of Kukai, the Head Temple (with its iconic arched roof), the main gate of Mount Koya and the Danjogaran (the centre and heartland of the mountain). It is possible to trek to the top of this mountain with the help of tour guides.
In terms of history, another place worth noting is the Kumano Shrines. These three places of worship are found at the southern tip of the peninsula and they are regular places of pilgrimage for countless monks from throughout Japan. In fact, these shrines are said to depict classical Japanese culture and due to their rather remote nature, they are perfect spots to visit if you do not wish to be inundated within long lines of tourists. The nearby Nachi waterfalls provide a splendid backdrop and it will be clear to see upon your arrival why monks have considered this location to be holy for centuries.
When to Visit
The only real concern is the potential for tropical typhoons, as the Kii Peninsula has been hit hard in the past. In order to avoid the traditional Pacific Hurricane season, try to schedule a trip between October and June. The chances of any hurricanes are minimal and while you might encounter a few rainy days, the climate is generally amenable.