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Kumano Hongu Taisha

Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture 647-1731, Japan
+81 735-42-0009
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in Tanabe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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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35 helpful votes 35 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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31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
43 helpful votes 43 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
85 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
48 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We visited all three of the Kumano shrines, and although this one was very nice, it was the least appealing due to the high number of people there at the time of our visit, especially after having just walked the Kumano Kodo in complete solitude. It's easily accessible to tour group buses, a couple of which were there at the... More

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