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.
5.03 weeks ago
Not as special as Machine shrine to me. But still a great spot. More so for old people since it requires less physical activity.
5.03 weeks ago
The place is very nice, I really like it, in my country, I can't find a place like this, so this is my first personal experience, I'm very happy to be able to come to Japan
5.05 months 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.
4.02 months ago
There is a look out point on a little hill. That view was really nice! You can see some hills, forest and in front the huge gate.
Hongu Taisha itself was ok. It was a bit crowded and everything was too expensive around the Temple.
5.0a month ago
Nice and quiet place. The biggest shrine in the world is there. I suggest you spend some quiet time there. Nice trail and easy from Yunomine Onsen. You can take the bus back and stay the night at Yunomine and enjoy the Onsen if you have been walking all day it is very relaxing.