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Kumano Hongu Taisha

Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 735-42-0009
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Tanabe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 124 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

After walking 7km along part of the Kumano Kodo (from Hosshonmon-oji) this was a great place to end our walk. I learned about YATA-GARASU (the special crow and the emblem of the Japanese soccer team). The large shrine building (you must pray in four different places) was very impressive. The sign said "no photos" but many Japanese tourists were taking... More 

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Ise, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Kumano Hongu Taisha is a lovely shrine situated in the middle of a number of hiking paths. We walked to it from our onsen on the first day we visited, climbing the stairs to the shrine shortly before closing. A few days later we returned, coming the other way through one of the hiking roads and enjoyed it in... More 

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Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We arrived at the shrine and temples after a half day walk on a section of the Kumano Kodo that took us through forest and mountain trails .. an wonderful way to finish the day ending at such an ancient and sacred site .. an amazing experience..

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New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There are three grand shrines in this kumano kodo area and as a set it's referred as kumono sanzan. The extensive trail as the historical road reach to this beautiful shrine at the end. It's a quite experience even with the shortest path to hike, and you can feel the 1000 years of history walking on the same route.

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Oakland, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Beautiful old shrine, though it's a shame you can't see it up close or the interior of the shrine. Still, it's lovely.

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san jose
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48 reviews 48 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This trail is extensive; covering the entire peninsula. There is a thousand years of history behind it, statues hidden behind overgrown vegetation, worn stone steps and elusive nightingales. I would not have enjoyed my trip had a gone by myself. I strongly recommend hiring a guide. There is too much to learn here. The trails themselves are well maintained, the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

The temple itself is so-so, but the Kumano Hongu trail is amazing. I would recommend spending at least a day just hiking the path. It's serene, quiet, peaceful and scenic - a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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東京
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227 reviews 227 reviews
86 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Do you know "Kumano-Sanzan"? There are three big shrines which are having an ancient and honorable origin around there. This shrine is one of them. These are a world heritage. There is a famous crow which is famous for a messenger from God, so you can see a lot of its souveniors and statues. You might want to see their... More 

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sydney
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48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Lovely atmosphere. A great end to a day's walk. Easy to get to by bus for non walkers. Includes a very informative Heritage centre near by and an office of the ever so helpful Kumano Travel Service. Lockers were backpacks can be stored close by.

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Canberra
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170 reviews 170 reviews
53 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

We walked 4 days from spiritual centre of Koyasan to this spiritual centre in Hongu and it was wonderful. Great to reach here and sense the deep importance of this great shrine.

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