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.
5.0a month 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!
5.02 months ago
Spectacular places... must come. But try to do it walking, charming experience... even under the typhoon's power. Shame I could not take the time to pray in the four buildings.
2.0in the last week
Disappointing to walk the Kumano Kodo on pilgrimage and then find a huge queue of bus tourists preventing you gaining access to one of the most important Shrines on the Kumano! You should have a special entrance for people doing the Kumano Kodo!
5.02 months ago
A very sacred place. Come here to cleanse yourself and feel the spirit of transformation
4.0a month ago
Enjoyed reaching the Kumano Hongu Taisha after a long hike on the Kumano Kodo. Bustling with people in an Autumn afternoon but still an air of tranquility.