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Kamikura Shrine

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Address: Kamikura, Shingu 647-0044, Wakayama Prefecture
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A must do visit

This is a site of major significance. It is also great fun to visit - amazingly precipitous 530-odd steps to clime to the shrine and rock and wonderful view over Shingu. Very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 28, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This is a site of major significance. It is also great fun to visit - amazingly precipitous 530-odd steps to clime to the shrine and rock and wonderful view over Shingu. Very tricky when wet

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

The Kamikura and the associated rock temple next to it are definitely worth seeing if you get to Shingu. It's a modest walk from the JR station or from the Hayatama Taisha (less than a kilometer from either), along flat ground, which is good because the steps up to the shrine itself are steep. Really really really steep, and really... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I came here after completing the Kumano Sanzan. You would have thought I had enough of climbing and descending stone staircases, after doing that pretty much for 4 days straight whilst walking the Kumano Kodo, but I was feeling fit, so went for it. The view at the top is nice, but for me the start of the climb from... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Having arrived in Shingu with a little time to spare before going on a boat trip we decided to visit Kamikura Shrine. First start by getting a map of the Shingu area from the information centre at the station. It is easy to follow and shows a number of places to visit. Arriving at the shrine grounds we came to... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

It was tough to get there, the stairs were beautiful to walk up and I borrowed a stuck at the bottom to help me up. It made it easier. The shrine is really pretty, perched on top of a rock, the surrounding view is okay too. I enjoyed it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

A red tori gate at the base tempts visitors to tackle the steps up to Kamikurajinja. Free entry. Put on sturdy walking shoes and be prepared for a difficult 25-minute climb of 580+ steep steps made of uneven irregular sized pieces of rock. Not recommended for the faint-hearted. At the top, a massive rock, Gotobiki-iwa, is considered to be sacred... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2016

We have walked up and down Mt Misen, Daimon-zaka, Yoshino-yama, Mt Takao, the 1368 steps up and down Kotahira, and many similar climbs in Japan (and India - 3800 steps up Palitana and the uneven climb barefoot up the 600 slippery steps to Shravanabelagola for example). But I met my match here at Kamikuri Shrine in Shingu. I had a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

I was on a 5day pilgrimage trek on the Kumano Kodo trail, and this was an 'optional' temple to view in addition to the 3 main temples. Kamikura Shrine is in Shingu, about a 20min walk from the Hayatama Taisha (2nd of the 3 main temples). I did not speak Japanese and had to rely on map printouts...and it is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Kamikura Shrine on Mt. Gongen is the original site of the Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine, and is within walking distance of the current Hayatama Taisha location. The 800+ year old "stairs" can be a little treacherous, so make sure you're wearing good shoes when you hike up. Taking it slow, you can get to the top easily within 8-10 minutes... More 

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