Kumano Hongu's Oyunohara Torii Gate

The largest and most beautiful shrine gate in the world

By Larry Knipfing   Jul 10, 2016 - 1 min read

Wow! Was I surprised to see this during a visit in late May! Incredible! Standing 33.9 meters tall and 42 meters wide, the Hongu Oyunohara Torii Gate, also known at 'Otorii' (O means “big”) weighs 172 tons and is the biggest in the world. It is also beautiful. The Kumano Hongu Taisha was originally located here at Oyunohara, on a sandbank joining the Kumano and Otonashi Rivers. We visited once in the afternoon, once at dusk, and once in the early morning - each time was beautiful and impressive in its own right. But I think I felt something really special at sunset where the immense torii silhouetted against a soft colorful sky. 

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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