The Old Path for Kumano


IssueThe Old Path for Kumano
Date of Issue13 November 1998 (Heisei 10)
Denomination80 yen
Quantity 6,000,000 copies
DesignThe Old Path for Kumano
Image Area25.0 x 33.5 mm, vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)
DesignerSaika Kikou
Sold atPost offices in Kinki and
the post offices (1), (2) and (3)
on the menu page
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Chikatsuyu Post Office
Nakahechi Post Office
Catalog No.R260

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA) and SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

There are still unspoiled natural beauty and historical remains in the old path for Kumano, a pilgrim road. In Kumano, there are three famous Shinto shrines. From earliest times, Kumano, a mountainous area overlooking the sea, was believed to be a dwelling place of the gods, and the Kumano shrines became a popular pilgrimage site. The stamp depicts an imaginary picture of Heian period (794-1185) that three pilgrims on the old path. A Furusato stamp by the same design was once issued on 25 September 1990, and for this time, the face vfalue was changed from 62 yen to 80 yen.