Kumano Hongu Taisha

Sightseeing information about Kumano Hongu Taisha in Japan.

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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


5.02 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 weeks 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.

5.02 months ago

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

5.0a month ago

Truly a beautiful, spiritual, mesmerising place. Well worth the hike if you do the trail.

5.0a month ago

Kumano Hongū Taisha (熊野本宮大社) is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe, Wakayama, deep in the rugged mountains of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. It is included as part of the Kumano Sanzan in the World Heritage site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". The main deity enshrined is Kumano Gongen (熊野権現). All of the ancient Kumano Kodō routes lead to the Grand Shrine.

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