Kumano Hongū Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe, Wakayama, deep in the rugged mountains of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. It is included as part of the Kumano Sanzan in the World Heritage site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". The main deity enshrined is Kumano Gongen. [Wikipedia]
This 34-metre high Otorii gate marks the entrance to the original Kumano Hongu Taisha location at Oyunohara.
If not trekking via the Kumano Kodo route, this shrine can be reached by a 1.5-2 hr bus ride from Shingu, Kii-Tanabe or Shirahama Stations. 'Hongu-Taisha-mae' is the closest stop, but if you alight at Hosshinmon Oji you can build in a two-hour hike into your visit too.
Festivals to honor the Kumano Deities and the tradition of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage are an inherent part of the annual calendar..
Across the road from the Hongu Grand Shrine, the modern B & B Café Hongu is a convenient choice for anyone who wants to stay o..
Kumano Backpackers is a guesthouse located in Hongu, next to the Kumano Hongu Taisha World Heritage Site and easily accessible from..
Kumano Deai-no-sato is an egg farm located in Kumano, Wakayama. Here, visitors can purchase fresh eggs and have a cup of coffe on..
Hongu is a city in Wakayama Prefecture that is famous for its World Heritage Sites: the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and the Kumano..
The Kumano Hongu Heritage Center is an information center about the Kumano pilgrimage routes.
Kumano's rivers, because of their clear and calm waters, are a perfect spot for water sports; for instance, kayaking.