The last shrine I visited during my January 2011 Kumano visit (in Wakayama Prefecture) was Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, one of the three major shrines in Kumano. Snow was falling in on this day.
Kumano is a holy place for people who seek the Pure Land (Gokuraku Jodo in Japanese). Kumano is also called 'A Place for Resurrection'. When I was climbing the 158 stone steps to the shrine decorated with banners of 'Kumano Gongen (God of Kumano)' on both sides, and saw the Shinmon (God's Gate) in the falling snow, I felt like I was approaching a sacred area where God resides. In ancient times, Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine was the center of what would today be called a 'power spot'.
Find out more about Kumano Hongu Taisha.