Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Tanabe

4.6
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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  • This is one of my favorite sacred sites in all of Japan! There is something distinctly whimsical about the ornate shrine buildings nestled among trees on top of a hill, deep in the mountains. Not easy to get to, but definitely worth the trip!
  • We've been here in late January 2020 and there was still excitement for the new year of the mouse. We didn't find it crowded so we could spend some good time walking around in this beautiful environment and making some wishes to the shrines

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