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Kumano Hongu Taisha

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Address: Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 735-42-0009
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6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This was absolutely my favorite of the Taishas. If you have to pick one to go to, this is it. I went the day of a typhoon so it was clearing out, but I found that made it more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was absolutely my favorite of the Taishas. If you have to pick one to go to, this is it. I went the day of a typhoon so it was clearing out, but I found that made it more beautiful. I was put off by the commercialization of the Kumano kodo (came as a backpacker) so I happily didn't see... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Shinto shrine with the biggest gate you've ever seen! Rice paddies nearby, a highlight of the Kumano Kodo.

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Caloundra, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We got a bus from Chikatsuyu to Hosshinmon then walked he 7km down to the shrine.Lovely walk through small villages .We could see the tea plantations,and vegie.patches.Also fruit trees.All older people,no sign of young ones.It was quite cold but we stopped for lunch at a spot which overlooked the valley to see the giant Torii gateway. The shrine is very... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Touristy, we walked along the Kumano Koda for 3 days to this shrine. Very beautiful etc, definitely worth seeing.

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Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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101 reviews 101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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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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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68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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 Francisco, California
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37 helpful votes 37 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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