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. Use our Tanabe vacation tool to arrange your visit to Kumano Hongu Taisha and other attractions in Tanabe.
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  • After passing a gate long stairs because a little shrine worthy when there is hard. It is Kumano hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the Kumano Sanzan.
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  • Walk up the stairs. Just appear miraculous motomiya. We have a very sacred feeling. Come on, once along the Kumano ancient road to go try.
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  • Many people went in the morning on weekdays, we worship in a solemn atmosphere. There is also free parking so you can explore slowly. That idea aside, in the streets near the police to crack down on what you are doing, so is suspect.
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  • Good area with good facilities. Recommend the half day hike (2-3hrs) from hoshhimon oji to kumano hongu taisha. Can park the car in kumano hongo taisha and take the bus (15min) to hoshhimon oji. Check bus times as busses are not very frequent
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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