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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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  • In the Kumano Sanzan is the mountains, but by car from Shin-2-30-minute parking is located near the gate, access is easy. Nachi Taisha, hayatama Taisha is a beautiful temple with orange-red, but only this main shrine Temple of divine light. 8. football JAPAN goods were sold by the legend of the Yata-Crow.
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  • Visited while hiking the Kumano Kodo trail. Well worth a stop. Very interesting look into the Japanese culture and religion. Somewhat touristy, but still authentic. 
  • I stopped on my way home the Nachi Katsuura. Samurai uniform many others were displayed. No admission fee is good.
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  • 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.
  • Get the good vibes of this place. Great art work.
  • Nice quiet place, look at the roof construction made of bark..
  • One of the three shrines that are part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, this is the central, and after little more than 100 stairs we arrive at it. It is simply spectacular and it is worth pausing to contemplate with calm
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