Grand Shrine of Kumano Hongu Taisha

A beautiful shrine along the Wakayama Pilgrimage Route

By Larry Knipfing   Jul 10, 2016 - 1 min read

The grand shrine for over 3000 Kumano shrines around Japan, this one is truly dignified and beautiful. What impresses here? A large stately torii gate at the entrance, a long high path leading from the gate to the shrine buildings, beautiful wooden architecture, and everywhere you turn - large cedar and cypress trees. There are also many examples of the mythical Kumano three-legged crow, Yatagarasu. The weather was perfect in late May.

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Larry Knipfing

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Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com