Kumano Hongu Taisha4.1
Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of three destinations of the Kumano faith pilgrimage, and the head shrine of around 3,000 Kumano shrines across the country. The original shrine located near the river was destroyed by a violent flood in 1889, and a new shrine was built 500m away. On this original spot, Japan's highest torii gate (34m) was constructed in 2000, evoking the legacy of the original shrine dating back more than 1,000 years.
If you want to experience a feel of pilgrimage, go to Hosshimon Oji by bus to walk the final 7km section of the route to the shrine. En route, there is a good outlook to view the sprawling forest surrounding the original sacred spot. Round out your trip with a dip in one of three onsen - Yunomine, Kawayu and Watrase.
Purposeworld heritage,mysterious lands of Japan,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Kansai International Airport (about 82.3km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.05 months ago
Well maintained and truly a sight to see. Close to many Onsen bathing spots.
Even better after a long hike!
4.03 months ago
The shrine surrounded with nature. Very peaceful atmosphere.... kindly try some old pilgrimage route to enjoy nature .
5.04 months ago
A UNESCO world heritage place. Not easy to get to from Tokyo but a must visit place . I went there from Kiikatsuura by bus and took a taxi to Sangenchaya and walk the Kumano Kodo back to the Taisha . The route is pretty easy and is motivated me to plan more Kumano kodo. If you just want to have a taste of Kumano Kodo it is highly recommended , unfortunately you can’t find the information at the tourist information.
5.05 months ago
Extremely lovely temple. We finished our walking day in there and was awesome.
5.0a year ago
This is one of my favorite sacred sites in all of Japan! There is something distinctly whimsical about the ornate shrine buildings nestled among trees on top of a hill, deep in the mountains. Not easy to get to, but definitely worth the trip!