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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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Important temple to primary Shinto deities

Originally located on a sand-bar (you can still visit the original site by walking through a huge... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great Architecture

This main shrine in Kumano-kodo was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. An... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
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
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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
Thank gwashley
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Great walking experience. Cultural and traditional integration. Spiritual journey, commune with nature

Date of experience: April 2018
Reviewed June 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank conifer_doc
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

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Saranger
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

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank tomizuta1953
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Gidons51
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

Date of experience: October 2017
4  Thank GabyVM
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

Date of experience: October 2017
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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.
February 11, 2015|
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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Planned itinerary in Japan (first time visitors!) (1 Replies)
Hi, we are excited to be visiting Japan in April! We only have a short time in Japan, but we have been told by friends that the Kumano Kodo is an amazing experience! After much research on the excellent Tanaba City Kumano tourism website, I need help to know if this itinerary is possible: Day 1: depart Tanabe in early AM to Takajiri. Walk to Chikatsuyu Oji and stay overnight Day 2: walk to Kumano Hongu Taisha (long walk!), stay overnight Day 3: take flat-bottom boat to Hayatama...More
November 04, 2013|
Lublin, Poland
How to cut Hosshinmon-oji hike to Hongu Taisha (1 Replies)
We will drive from Koyasan to Shingu in one day ( roads numbers: 371, 311, 168 is it good route for it?). Google maps give me time 3h. We would like to hike from Hosshinmon-oji to Hongu Taisha (bus option one way) but I'm afraid if we have a time. How to cut this route? May be go only to Fushiogami - guchi bus stop or other (what?). Is it worth this cuter option? Also - where to park our car for it? Are the parking lots free in Kumano Hongu Taisha?
September 17, 2018|
Meiko bus day pass (4 Replies)
Hello, we are a family of 2 adults + 2 children. We plan to explore across Japan in August and will have a JR nation wide pass. The middle of our itinerary includes leaving Osaka to stay 3 nights in Wakayama Prefecture before returning to Tokyo. We are looking for bus day pass that would supplement the rail pass and allow us to explore: Kumano Hongu Taisha and local Olsen Kumano Nachi Taisha and Daimonzaka Shirahama maybe snorkel in Kushimoto area. What is the cost of bus day...More
June 11, 2017|
Response fromLedpm|
Thank you! Your help is greatly appreciated! The link showed the Meikobus Shirahama Onsen day pass fare, however, the route for this pass does not include travel to Kumano Hongu Taisha. Do you know of a link for a pass that includes the Kumano Kodo routes? Since we are a family of 4, would we save yen by renting a car? Do you know if there are toll roads from Kiitanabe station to Kumano Hongu Taisha? To Kumano Nachi Taisha? We have an International Driver's Permit and are traveling during...More