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Kumano Hongu Taisha

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Address: Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 735-42-0009
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Not crowded

It is not crowded and very quiet. It's not just sightseeing place, otherwise you can feel the power from the sroundding nature.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mayumi M
Osaka, Japan
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Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is not crowded and very quiet. It's not just sightseeing place, otherwise you can feel the power from the sroundding nature.

Thank Mayumi M
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

We arrived at the shrine at a perfect moment, when the monks were chanting and drumming. it was a dramatic end to 3 days of hiking through the mountains, and felt like a perfect way to recognize our accomplishment.

Thank Rachel L
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

All of the ancient Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage routes lead to this Grand Shrine. Over the centuries the pavilions were partially destroyed by periodic fires and flooding, but always faithfully rebuilt to their original state. After the flood of 1889, the shrine pavilions were moved and rebuilt at their present location in 1891. In this shrine, you should pray to 5... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This was a large, average temple that was not as awe inspiring as I had thought. Doing the Kumano Kodo trek, and getting to see all the small shrines along the way was so special that when I got to the large Hongu Taisha, which is fairly commercialized and full of tour groups, I was not entirely impressed. Easily skipable... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We hiked here from Hosshimon Oji with an English-speaking guide, (booked through Kumano Travel). It was the culmination of a great day, greatly enriched by having our guide explain the local practices along the way. Gave a taste of a real pilgrimage. LIke the plain wooden finish of this shrine - simple but still impressive.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

classic temple sites in the mountains - accessible by bus from several of the coastal towns (day pass allows flexibility!) with the bus journeys giving a great view of the blue water rivers!

1 Thank Tony P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

At the end of our 25km hike we visited this site and glad we missed our bus to Yunomine and stayed for an hour and a half here. Not to miss and well worth a visit. Just across the entrance is the bus stop and the heritage center

1 Thank peterkhjanssen
Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Besides visiting the temple, there are two high routes, with the destination a bus stop, where you can catch a bus to go back to Hongu Taisha, or other onsens, or train stations. Remember to visit the tourist centre. The staff there are very helpful, and they can give you very clear instructions. I enjoyed visiting the temple and hiking!

1 Thank Belinda C
Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

It's up alot of steps, so be prepared for a little climb. It has a really cool post box with a blackbird on it, try to find it. Lots of souvenirs and trinkets. Also the end of the first Kumano Kodo trails.

Thank Jo S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

We dropped by at Yunomine Onsen to have a look at the quaint little hot spring bath on the river that has been serving pilgrims along the Kumamo Kodo walking route for a few hundred years. It's probably a bit of a detour if you are using public transport, and not worth the effort. However, if you are driving in... More 

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