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Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine熊野本宮大社


This Shinto shrine is one of the Three Head Kumano Shrines which serve as the headquarters of all Kumano shrines nationwide. Known as the first stop on the penance-filled Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, since ancient times this shrine has been visited by countless worshipers of the Kumano faith, which seeks to achieve self-enlightenment through penance. The main building was erected in the Asuka period and was relocated to its current location after being damaged in the Great Flood of 1889. After climbing 158 stone steps through a cedar forest, the shrine’s four hinoki bark-thatched buildings will appear, which enshrine Ketsumiko no okami and the shrine’s three other chief gods.

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place Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu
phone 0735420009

Review of Kumano Hongu Taisha

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Reviewed:2018/11/07 Great Architecture
This main shrine in Kumano-kodo was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. An original structure was destroyed in the flood in 1889 and transferred to the current location. The...
Reviewed:2018/09/05 beautiful and interesting Grand Shrine
a very popular Grand Shrine, best appreciated by hiking the Kumano Kodo as in the old days. The shrine architecture is outstanding
Reviewed:2018/07/09 Kumano walk
Great walking experience. Cultural and traditional integration. Spiritual journey, commune with nature



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Wakayama Main Areas


Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.

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