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.
5.07 months ago
We've been here in late January 2020 and there was still excitement for the new year of the mouse.
We didn't find it crowded so we could spend some good time walking around in this beautiful environment and making some wishes to the shrines
5.09 months 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!
5.0a year 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
5.06 months ago
Beautiful, historical shrine. I worked backwards and walked the Kumano Kodo from here. Also make sure to get your stamp card if you choose to do the pilgrimage!
4.010 months 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.