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Where many start the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walk

Visit the Kumano Kodo Kan information center across the street. Then come here for your first stamp... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Quite a small shrine , beginning of an important part of Kumano Kodo trail

This is a beginning point of 7 Kilometers walk to Hongu Taisha . Quite a small shrine not too much... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2017
Herzliya, Israel
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Sep 4, 2018
“start of the Kumano Kodo”
Apr 8, 2018
“Where many start the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage walk”
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Nakahechicho Kurisugawa, Tanabe 646-1421, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed September 4, 2018

we started the Kumano Kodo trek here; be sure to visit the small gift shop at the entrance to this shrine - the woman who runs it is very friendly and helpful, and makes great umeboshi!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Visit the Kumano Kodo Kan information center across the street. Then come here for your first stamp before setting off for Takahara on the Kumano Kodo!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

This is a beginning point of 7 Kilometers walk to Hongu Taisha . Quite a small shrine not too much to see on day to day but on special holidays gets decorated and becomes alive and beautiful .

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed June 1, 2017

This is effectively the "Gateway to the gods" the start of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. There is a very spacious and comfortable tourist centre with toilet facilities nearby.

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

Although the current setting is modest, this was the traditional beginning of the Nakahechi Trail and was once a much larger and more impressive temple complex. Imagine a Retired Emperor and his entire entourage gathered here to pray, practice water purification, write and recite poetry...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank RICHARD O
Reviewed December 28, 2016

I did a solo hike of the Nakahechi route of the Kumano Kodo in early December. The weather was nice and cool, but not too cold, and there were still plenty of fall colors. This was my best vacation in years. Kiri no Sato and...More

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed October 1, 2016

This is not an especially interesting shrine and I think it gets ignored as Kumano pilgrims most often start their journey here. So there's apt to be some pressure to get hiking and not stand around looking at a shrine. It's not a bad shrine,...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed January 28, 2016

One of the old Kumano Kodo passes here. The path goes up on very steep slope from here towards Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. Nearby Gyuba-Doji area is much easier to walk.

Date of experience: April 2015
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Jane C
April 7, 2017|
Response from RichardBoise |
First of all, you should visit the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau web site. They have all the information you need. Secondly, I would recommend staying in Kii-Tanabe and then taking the bus in the morning to... More
Jane C
April 7, 2017|
Response from Jack Y | Reviewed this property |
As I recall, there weren't really hotels between Kii-Tanabe City (the small city where I got off the JR train, there were some hotels) and Takara-Oji, Personally, I would take the bus to Takara-Oji and walk the short 1.5-3... More
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