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Kawabune

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Kawabune
The Kumano River was not only a pilgrimage route, it was also the foundation on which the livelihood of the people of Kumano was based. The high-quality timber and charcoal of the Kumano river basin was distributed throughout Japan between the Edo and Showa eras. Many agricultural and forestry products were transported on the Kumano River to the estuary at Shingu, from where they were shipped all over the country. A community called Kawara-machi was formed near the modern-day Shin-kumano Bridge, and it flourished as a trading point for the people of the river basin.
The role of the kawabune has changed with the times. Please take the opportunity to experience the kawabune and its history, which is closely connected with the Kumano River.

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