Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Tanabe

4.5
Nestled among the lush forest mountain landscape, Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine 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 Shrine and other attractions in Tanabe.
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  • This shrine is very nice and even 3 of 5 parts are from origin (saved by the flood) , this worth it to come. You can smell the tree odor in this shrine. Roof are amazing  more »
  • We start our Kumano kodo walk from Hosshinmon to this Shrine and it was amazing, from this Shrine you can also walk to the giant gate, Hongu Taisha is a must visit place in Tanabe.  more »
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  • Ending point for Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Walk. Amazing temple with lots of “feels”
  • After walking on the the pilgrimage route known as Kumano Kodō (熊野古道), we arrived at the beautiful and very important Hongu Taisha shrine. It is one of the "Kumano Sanzan", three grand shrines of Kumano, and head shrine of over 3,000 Kumano shrines across Japan. We visited the Kumano Nachi Taisha, so this was a continuation of our previous trek when we climbed the "Stairway to Heaven" to visit the shrine and holy waterfall.
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