Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine

Temple
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.

Spot details

Address
Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu
Phone
0735420009
Hours
8:00-17:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee]Free
Parking Lot
Available(600spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Not available
English Menu
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Great place , worth to come and visit
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.01.22
    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
  • Beautiful Shrine, a must visit place in Hongu Taisha
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.12.11
    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.
  • Stairs to Sanity
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.10.15
    It’s a lot of climbing but so worth it. The buildings are beautiful! The view is spectacular. The blessings are bountiful. The koi are hungry and are worth feeding just to observe their behavior.

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