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Kumano Hongu Taisha

Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
+81 735-42-0009
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Celebrating 2050 years in 2018

The feeling of history is deep here as well it should be for a temple celebrating its 2050th... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jeffrey D
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Starkville, Mississippi
One of the Grand Shrines of the Kumano Kodo

I think this is the second largest of the three grand shrines, with Nachi Taisha being larger and... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2018
Saranger
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Los Angeles, California
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Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The feeling of history is deep here as well it should be for a temple celebrating its 2050th anniversary this year. The Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Sanzan and is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

I think this is the second largest of the three grand shrines, with Nachi Taisha being larger and more commercialized. We walked from Takijiri-oji to Hongu Taisha over a period of several days and earned our Dual Pilgrim (with the Camino de Santiago) certificates here....More

Thank Saranger
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

Kumano-honguu is the first of the three shrines of Kumano Sanzan that you reach on the Nakahechi pilgrimage route coming from Kyoto. I’m sure our ancestors were overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this sacred area after the long journey. The current Kumano-honguu is on...More

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Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

One of the 3 biggest shrines of Sanzan and the most important out of 3000 Kumano shrines in Japan . You go up a very long staircase or coming down from the Kumano Kodo trail . Very impressive , many souvenir shops and sacred items...More

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Reviewed November 1, 2017

We followed the advise of our minshuku host, rode the bus to Kumano Hongu Taisha, stored our backpacks (500 yen per piece until 5pm), took the bus in front of the shrine to Hosshinmon oji and walked the last leg of the Kumano Kodo sacred...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

Having been to Koyasan and Kyoto I was expecting to see just another temple. Somehow this temple is possesses grandeur surpassing any other I have seen in Japan. I’m not sure if it is the black timbers with gold decorations or how the forest envelopes...More

Thank John S
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Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

The temple here is at the top of a loooong set of steps. Worth it though! This is the end of the line for a lot of pilgrims going through the Kii peninsula. The temple is associated with the Yatagarasu, the sacred crow.

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Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

This is the most important shrine for Kumano Kodo pilgrims and is a must visit if you are in Hongu. The entrance to the shrine is a steep row of steps. If you have problem going up the steps, there is actually a carpark at...More

2  Thank lolikia
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Reviewed August 29, 2017

It is a nice temple on top of the hill. And it allowed to take photo as I asked the staff. I stayed in Yunomine Onsen and it was only 2-3 hours walk to Hongu Taisha thru Kumano Kodo. It was a nice place and...More

2  Thank Hai N
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Reviewed June 29, 2017

Football fans might recognize the crow crest in this shrine from a certain team. It's an interesting shrine in a remote location which may not be worth it for someone casually interested, but if you're in the area or like seeing these sorts of things,...More

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bkha3753
My plan is like this: 1) Koyasan 1 night stay: arrive around noon from Namba, going around Koyasan - stay in temple and leave early next morning. 2) take train from Hashimoto to JR Wakayama to hire a car & drive to Kawayu onsen or Wataze onsen to take a bath & around or even Hongu Taisha there if we have time. (any recommendation?) I have not yet decided accommodation yet but any reasonable budget place. Some Japanese friend suggested camping but no idea I can pull that off in my travel stage but sound fun. 3) morning and afternoon go around the area - or even a little hiking . Head to Shirahama around 3pm and stay a night there ( drive early next morning Wakayama to return the car) We have to be in the airport KIX the next morning to pick up my mother and sisters then head to kyoto. Should we hire a car - just 2 of us? Or any pass that I should consider? Bus from Gojo will take 3-4 hours to Kawayu onsen and 3200-4000yen one way and not frequent. I am applying International Driver Permit, that would work in Japan right? Hiring car for 2 days as checked if Tocco cost 12,900yen with ENG GPS. We will stay at Shirahama Green Hill which is 2km from the beach and around 10 mins by taxi as read on website.
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Response from EssKaySydney | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I will try and answer your questions as best I can and based on my recent experience, 1) we didn't go to Koyasan but it will be top of my list for next trip. My only comment would be that you would need at least... More
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