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Kumano Hongu Taisha

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beautiful and interesting Grand Shrine

a very popular Grand Shrine, best appreciated by hiking the Kumano Kodo as in the old days. The... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
Alameda, California
Kumano walk

Great walking experience. Cultural and traditional integration. Spiritual journey, commune with... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
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Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

a very popular Grand Shrine, best appreciated by hiking the Kumano Kodo as in the old days. The shrine architecture is outstanding

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Great walking experience. Cultural and traditional integration. Spiritual journey, commune with nature

Reviewed 2 June 2018

The feeling of history is deep here as well it should be for a temple celebrating its 2050th anniversary this year. The Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the three main shrines of the Kumano Sanzan and is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in...More

1  Thank Jeffrey D
Reviewed 8 April 2018

I think this is the second largest of the three grand shrines, with Nachi Taisha being larger and more commercialized. We walked from Takijiri-oji to Hongu Taisha over a period of several days and earned our Dual Pilgrim (with the Camino de Santiago) certificates here....More

Thank Saranger
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Kumano-honguu is the first of the three shrines of Kumano Sanzan that you reach on the Nakahechi pilgrimage route coming from Kyoto. I’m sure our ancestors were overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this sacred area after the long journey. The current Kumano-honguu is on...More

1  Thank tomizuta1953
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

One of the 3 biggest shrines of Sanzan and the most important out of 3000 Kumano shrines in Japan . You go up a very long staircase or coming down from the Kumano Kodo trail . Very impressive , many souvenir shops and sacred items...More

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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We followed the advise of our minshuku host, rode the bus to Kumano Hongu Taisha, stored our backpacks (500 yen per piece until 5pm), took the bus in front of the shrine to Hosshinmon oji and walked the last leg of the Kumano Kodo sacred...More

1  Thank GabyVM
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Having been to Koyasan and Kyoto I was expecting to see just another temple. Somehow this temple is possesses grandeur surpassing any other I have seen in Japan. I’m not sure if it is the black timbers with gold decorations or how the forest envelopes...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

The temple here is at the top of a loooong set of steps. Worth it though! This is the end of the line for a lot of pilgrims going through the Kii peninsula. The temple is associated with the Yatagarasu, the sacred crow.

Thank SnowyOwl49
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This is the most important shrine for Kumano Kodo pilgrims and is a must visit if you are in Hongu. The entrance to the shrine is a steep row of steps. If you have problem going up the steps, there is actually a carpark at...More

2  Thank lolikia
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My plan is like this: 1) Koyasan 1 night stay: arrive around noon from Namba, going around Koyasan - stay in temple and leave early next morning. 2) take train from Hashimoto to JR Wakayama to hire a car & drive to Kawayu onsen or Wataze onsen to take a bath & around or even Hongu Taisha there if we have time. (any recommendation?) I have not yet decided accommodation yet but any reasonable budget place. Some Japanese friend suggested camping but no idea I can pull that off in my travel stage but sound fun. 3) morning and afternoon go around the area - or even a little hiking . Head to Shirahama around 3pm and stay a night there ( drive early next morning Wakayama to return the car) We have to be in the airport KIX the next morning to pick up my mother and sisters then head to kyoto. Should we hire a car - just 2 of us? Or any pass that I should consider? Bus from Gojo will take 3-4 hours to Kawayu onsen and 3200-4000yen one way and not frequent. I am applying International Driver Permit, that would work in Japan right? Hiring car for 2 days as checked if Tocco cost 12,900yen with ENG GPS. We will stay at Shirahama Green Hill which is 2km from the beach and around 10 mins by taxi as read on website.
12 February 2015|
Response from EssKaySydney | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I will try and answer your questions as best I can and based on my recent experience, 1) we didn't go to Koyasan but it will be top of my list for next trip. My only comment would be that you would need at least... More