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In ancient times the three gods (Kumano-Hayatama-no-omikami,Kumano-Musubi-no-omikami,Ketsumi-Miko-omikami) came down from the heavens to the sacred rock named Gotobiki at Mt.Kamikura.This rock is the object of worship and the origin of Kumano faith...more
This was a wonderful place to visit. Just hiking up part of the Kumano Kodo was amazing and the beauty abounds in this glorious mountain area of Japan. The waterfall,the shrines...everything about it. Definitely worth coming to the area for.
This shrine locate at the foot hill of the mountain and kumanogawa river. The shrines itself is not allowed to go inside , so just pray outside. There is haruo Sato museum , like treaury house, display cloths, accessories in the pilgrimage rituals. It's no...More
The second of the three Kumano Sanzan shrines we visited was actually the oldest of the group. However, it's not as picturesque as the other two and consequently does not get the same volume of visitors. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful shrine with many lovely features,...More
This shrine is part of the "Kumano Sanzan" ( = 3 main Kumano shrines ), the center of Kumano worship.They are part of the famous Japanese pilgrimroute "Kumano Kodo" which runs through the Kii Peninsula and can be compared with the Santiago de Compostella pilgrim...More
This shrine is my favorite of the Kumano Three Grand Shrines. It is also the smallest, but also the least crowded. The painting on the buildings is so colorful (orange, white, green) and it is so peaceful. We saw a Shinto priest emerge and being...More
You can get to this distinctive vermillion shrine by walking less than half an hour from Shingu JR station. Easy to enter, no stairs as in the other 2 Kumano Kodo's grand shrines (in Hongu and Nachi). The 800 year old Nagi tree shouldn't be...More
Hayatama-taisha is located in Shinguu City (Wakayama Prefecture) on the eastern coast of Kii peninsular and on the southern side of the river mouth of River Kumano. The other northern side of the river belongs to Mie Prefecture. Behind Hayatama-taisha is Mount Kamikura which is...More
This is the 3rd most important shrine for the Kumano Kodo pilgrims. It is Located in Shingu and if you are driving, there is a free car park next to it. The Kumikura shrine is within walking distance (0.5km) from this shrine but the steps...More