Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shingu

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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Shingu holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kumano Hayatama Taisha and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • You can get to this distinctive vermillion shrine by walking less than half an hour from Shingu JR station. Easy to enter, no stairs as in the other 2 Kumano Kodo's grand shrines (in Hongu and Nachi)....  more »
  • It is a red Torii and the atmosphere is a good place. I think English Guide for foreigners because foreign people come to enjoy.
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  • Hayatama-taisha is located in Shinguu City (Wakayama Prefecture) on the eastern coast of Kii peninsular and on the southern side of the river mouth of River Kumano. The other northern side of the rive...  more »
  • 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.
  • great eniroment
  • Historically areas

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