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Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shingu

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Religious Site
Kumano Hayatama Taisha has been a sacred spot since at least the 12th century, harboring artifacts that date back to at least the third century. Many features dotted around the site point to its origins as a center of nature worship. You'll see the revered tree that has stood on the grounds for at least 800 years. Look out for the giant rock Gotobiki-iwa, which rests half way up Gongen mountain and is said to have been the site where three Shinto deities descended from the heavens. If you're visiting around the 6th of February, don't miss the notable fire festival that takes place here, in which participants race down the mountain carrying flaming torches. Using our international travel planner, Shingu attractions like Kumano Hayatama Taisha can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • It is right in Shingu town and a short 15-minute walk from the train station, passing a department store and shopping arcade. A beautiful shrine, one of the three Kumano Sanzan Taishas that are must-s...  more »
  • One of the must stop places on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage. The grand shrine Hayatama is located at the end of the small orange bridge. It is quite a splendid sight.  more »
  • Unlike the shrine in Hongu, this one is bright orange and a lot smaller. I love the massive knotted rope above the entrance. Spend a serene hour here.  more »
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  • The simplest among all the kumano kodo shrines.
  • One of the three grand shines that are part of the pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo. The other two are in Hongu town and by Natchi falls, one day trail walk to each.
  • such a beautiful temple.
  • Historically areas
  • great eniroment