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Kumano Hongu Taisha, Tanabe

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Nestled among the lush forest mountain landscape, Kumano Hongu Taisha ranks among the most renowned Shinto shrines in Japan. Leading to the sanctuary stands the entrance gate and a stone stairway of 158 steps. Before entering, purchase an amulet inscribed with a deity, and cleanse your mouth and hands at the temizuya, or pavillion for water ablution. Inside the main shrine features 14 deities, which visitors worship according to the simple prayer manners and customs. Find enshrined the image of the deity Ketsumimiko-O-kami, made from a torreya tree dating back to the 9th century. Numerous festivals occur throughout the year. Take a look at our Tanabe trip builder to schedule your visit to Kumano Hongu Taisha and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Where to stay in Tanabe

In Tanabe, it's easy to have an authentic experience at one of the many traditional Japanese bed and breakfasts or guesthouses. In addition to these charming places to stay, a number of larger hotels offer everything from scenic views to luxurious spas. If you're traveling on a budget, look into the backpacker lodgings. Alternatively, campsites in Tanabe make a perfect way to get in touch with the beautiful natural surroundings.
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  • After successfully hiking up the mountain to the Kamikura Shrine in Shingu, I stopped at the hotel to check out and to grab my large tote bag filled with my belongings. I walked to the train station a...  more »
  • Those who come here by trekking the kumano kodo, better read the direction carefully. I got lost twice, in hindsight, it really is my carelessness cause this experience. But the twmple it self is beau...  more »
  • Since you pay when you get off the bus, it is helpful if you carry the exact change. It is also 1540-yen going back to Shingu town. A very scenic ride through a long valley with stops at various onsen...  more »
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  • Beautiful shrine! Steps going up will be a bit of a struggle haha. Watch out for the 3 legged crow
  • Nice athmosphere in one of the three main shrines of Kumano Kodo
  • One of the three grand shines that are part of the pilgrimage route of Kumano Kodo. The other two are in Shingu town and by Natchi falls, one day trail walk to each.
  • I visited here in winter. There were not much people. It was so quiet and calm. There are a lot of history here. I'm very impressed.
  • just amazing!