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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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I like most among three

In Kumano area, there are three outstanding shrines 'Taisha'. I visited all three and liked Kumano Hongu Taisha most. Color of other two shrines are basically 'shu', vermilion... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Ichinomiya, Japan
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Ichinomiya, Japan
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In Kumano area, there are three outstanding shrines 'Taisha'. I visited all three and liked Kumano Hongu Taisha most. Color of other two shrines are basically 'shu', vermilion. That color is commonly found in Kyoto. Only the Kumano Hongu Taisha maintains woody natural color.

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Tokyo, Japan
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was expecting a bit grander shrine, but was not disappointed. I think the shrines in Japan are lovely and this was no exception. The shrines in this area are a bit more simple than others you can find and they give a calm feeling to the people there.

Thank Guntsdad
Gold Coast, Australia
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Lovely views after a long day of hiking. Although accessible by public transport, I highly recommend walking to get here. Beautiful views at the shrine and along the walk.

Thank Omegakappa
Cairns, Australia
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Hiked to here from Hosshimon Oji. was nice to see the village life along the way. Are drinks available enroute. Is very busy between1000-1400. Is accommodation available in surrounding Ryokan's or in Hongu itself. Many Restaurants and cafe's to choose from, though most close after the main stream of tourist buses leave. Is a international ATM nearby at the post... More 

Thank Nakagawa1971
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45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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 

1 Thank Christiana A
Chesapeake, Virginia
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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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.

Thank Karen M
Caloundra, Australia
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23 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

Thank Lorraine K
Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

1 Thank lightedkeypad
Oki-gun, Shimane, Japan
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119 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 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 

Thank nicolajones08
Ise, Japan
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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