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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.


Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu (Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / NachiArea)

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Review of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

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Reviewed:2020/01/22 Great place , worth to come and visit
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
Reviewed:2019/12/11 Beautiful Shrine, a must visit place in Hongu Taisha
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.
Reviewed:2019/10/15 Stairs to Sanity
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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Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu [map]
Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / NachiArea
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          Wakayama 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.