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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  • It is feels like a sacred shrine. Is to explore the old lot in this car is around I think I want to next time around Trek.
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  • One of the 3 biggest shrines of Sanzan and the most important out of 3000 Kumano shrines in Japan . You go up a very long staircase or coming down from the Kumano Kodo trail . Very impressive , many s...  more »
  • We followed the advise of our minshuku host, rode the bus to Kumano Hongu Taisha, stored our backpacks (500 yen per piece until 5pm), took the bus in front of the shrine to Hosshinmon oji and walked t...  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!

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