The Kumano Kodo in Japan and Camino de Santiago in Spain are the only two Unesco World Heritage listed pilgrimages in the world and as such, they have been “twinned” so hikers who complete both are eligible to register as a dual pilgrim.
How to become a dual pilgrim
Camino de Santiago: Walk at least the last 100km or cycle at least the last 200km collecting stamps in a pilgrim credential
Kumano Kodo: Walk at least one of the following four options collecting stamps in the dual pilgrim credential along the way
Nakahechi Route – Takijiri to Hongu Taisha ~40km
Nakahechi Route – Hongu Taisha to Nachi Taisha ~30km
Nakahechi Route – Hosshinmon Oji to Hongu Taisha ~7km plus a stamp from Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha
Kohechi Route – Koyasan to Hongu ~70km
Dual Pilgrim Credential
If you’re in Santiago de Compostela, you can pick up a dual pilgrim credential from the Santiago tourist office and if you’re in the Kumano area in Japan, you can pick one up from either the Tanabe Tourist Office next to Tanabe station, Hongu Heritage Center near Hongu Taisha, or the Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Centre in Takijiri.
Dual Pilgrim Certificate
To receive a special Dual Pilgrim Certificate, present your stamped Camino de Santiago credential and your Kumano Kodo stamped credential to either the Tanabe Tourist Office or Hongu Heritage Centre. You can also be featured on the Dual Pilgrim Spiritual Pilgrimages website.
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Buen Camino and ki o tsukete!