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.
5.02 weeks ago
This is an adorable little village. Things close early, and it's best to have reservations for you accommodations well ahead of time, so be prepared. There is only one restaurant open past 5:30 p.m., but it's a good one. All in all, a wonderful place to stay after trekking the Kumano Kodo.
5.0in the last week
In my opinion this is the grandest of the three grand shrines. It's closed to visitors however what you can see is truly impressive. There is a section of Kumano-Kodo 20 min walk (uphill!) from the shrine that takes you to a torii gate lookout-definitely worth doing if you don't mind hiking. Photo of the viewpoint below
4.02 weeks ago
This is a nice place to visit. Way more English translation and explanations than most temples.
4.0a month ago
The long walk up the temple is nice. The big "door" near the heritage centre is beautiful.
5.03 weeks ago
Excellent! We ended here on a day walk of the Kumano Kodo.