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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  • August 14, 2017
    Kumano mentioned in order of the most early Torii shrine hongu Taisha and visitors how to. Most walks in Kumano Sanzan. People such as interior is made well and impressed. But you can't miss the majestic, is overwhelming.
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  • July 25, 2017
    On the climb up the long stairs. Worship of God in order to write, but quite on top so tend to overlook. I went to pray and prepare properly.
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  • July 9, 2017
    By car from Tanabe area through the road, till they got to hongu Taisha. Up the stairs from the Torii still shed floods of the Meiji era of the main shrine building was referred to as location was then moved here, but with solemn atmosphere front of hongu (Hall 4), will be overwhelmed.
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  • June 2, 2017
    Beautiful shrine! Steps going up will be a bit of a struggle haha. Watch out for the 3 legged crow
  • April 13, 2017
    Nice athmosphere in one of the three main shrines of Kumano Kodo
  • October 2, 2016
    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.
  • May 3, 2016
    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.
  • March 6, 2017
    just amazing!

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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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