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Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
112-feet-tall shrine gate is the landmark. The sacred place for Kumano Pilgrimage
Ketsumi-mikono-okami is enshrined here. The shrine was built during the era of Japan’s 10th emperor, Sujin. Designated as a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2004. Since ancient times, not only upper class, but also samurais and common people worshipped here. There were so many headed for this shrine in lines, it was likened to “the ants’ Kumano pilgrimage.”
On the premises, sublime halls that enshrine Ketsumi-Mikono-Okami, Fusumino-Okami, and hayatamano-Okami, who bless old and young, male and female, regardless of class with safe travel, prosperity, peace at home, and good marriage.
There is also Manzansha Shrine known for the blessing of romance and expelling evil spirits. About 500m away from the main hall, there is Oyunohara where a god is said to have descended. Until the flood of 1889, Kumano Hongu Taisha was here. but now, a big gate, about 112-feet tall and 182-feet wide, is standing.
Oyunohara is well-known for cherry trees that paint the neighborhood in gorgeous spring colors. Kumano Hongu Heritage Center is nearby that shares the charm of Kumano, as well as Zuihoden with a tea room and souvenir shop. A 10-min drive from there will take you to Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen and Watarase Onsen, (Kumano Hongu Onsen Village all together) After your pilgrimage, stop by for a tour.
The shrine was built during the era of Japan’s 10th emperor, Sujin.
Safe travel, prosperity, peace at home and good marriage - blessings abound.
A big gate, about 112-feet tall and 182-feet wide, is standing.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1100 Honguchohongu, Tanabe City, Wakayama
- The premises open to the public
- The premises open free to the public
- from JR Kisei Main Line, Kii-Tanabe Station, ride Meiko Bus or Ryujin Bus for 120 min
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)