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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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Reviewed today via mobile

Great place for family with history and cultural experience. Many places of other interest are nearby. Friendly people in this area.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank indylau00
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This shrine was said to be built 2000 years ago, and many emperors visited in old times because they were seeking for help. You can feel the solemn atmosphere. But you should know that there are not enough restaurants for many visitors. You may have...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Motokazu
Reviewed April 9, 2019

This is a simple but elegant shrine. Don't need a lot of time to get a feel for the place. Okunion Cemetery is really amazing.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank CRK61
Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

Honggu worth visiting - very informative visitor centre; open space by Levy is beautiful esp during cherry blossom season. The Kumano trail section from Honggu to Yunomine Onsen is just around 3 km; however steep up and down and uneven trail so hiking poles strongly...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank californiawithkids
Reviewed March 20, 2019

We reached the Kumano Hongu Taksha Shrine after walking some 8 km - a part of the Kumano trail. Both were a spiritual experience and, being around and having a nice weather- most than recommended

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank IC170252
Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

The shrine grounds are gorgeous. I was particularly impressed with the buildings. Such amazing construction and obviously of religious significance to many people. My only gripe is that coming off the Kumano Kodo you Enter the back service entrance which reduces the power of the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Madshus
Reviewed February 14, 2019

The shrine is already more than 2000 years old. The buildings are well maintained in very traditional Japanese style. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 10, 2018

Originally located on a sand-bar (you can still visit the original site by walking through a huge, recently constructed cement tora gate -- worth the effort for its beauty and tranquility), it was moved after a catastrophic flood. It primarily honors Izanagi and Izanami, parents...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mvidro
Reviewed November 6, 2018

This main shrine in Kumano-kodo was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. An original structure was destroyed in the flood in 1889 and transferred to the current location. The thick thatched roof (with cypress shingles) is impressive. Symbol of Yatagarasu, (eight span crow)...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Minstrel115
Reviewed September 4, 2018

a very popular Grand Shrine, best appreciated by hiking the Kumano Kodo as in the old days. The shrine architecture is outstanding

Date of experience: August 2018
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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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