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Kumano Hongu Taisha

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Address: Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture
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A Spiritual Gathering Place

The shrine building is reached by a long climb of 300 steps. Very old Japanese people can do it, so you can too. The shrine itself if a long low building, of impressive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
RICHARD O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The shrine building is reached by a long climb of 300 steps. Very old Japanese people can do it, so you can too. The shrine itself if a long low building, of impressive architectural style. Under normal circumstances, you cannot enter the building. There is a museum on the ground level, which is worth your time. To be honest, this... More 

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Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We visited on a quiet day and on a very busy day. Both are worthwhile. The temple is well maintained and worth the long stair climb

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This ancient shrine has been respected by many including emperors and the pilgrim road was tough leading to this mountain shrine. In modern days, it is still difficult but definitely worth to come. It is so quiet and refreshing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the Kumano region's three famous shrines. It serves as the head shrine of over 3000 Kumano shrines across Japan. In ancient Japanese, “Kumano” means a deep or profound place, indicating a mystical place or one where a deity (God) exists.
 The Hongu Taisha is located at the center of the Kumano Kodo network... More 

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Orlando
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Visited while hiking the Kumano Kodo trail. Well worth a stop. Very interesting look into the Japanese culture and religion. Somewhat touristy, but still authentic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The Kumano Hongu Taisha temple complex is beautiful with beautifully constructed temples. It is not crowded. It can be reached via a rather steep stairs, but well worth the effort.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This was one of the later stops for us on the Kumano Kodo trail, and it was well worth the walk to see it. A very quiet and stately shrine, beautifully maintained, with no entry fee. I believe it might be the patron shrine of the JFA given the number of football team jerseys and team balls in one of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

More because of it's symbolism, you shouldn't miss this shrine. It's the last stop of some of the pilgrim routes in kumano kodo. It's worth a visit.

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Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

It is not crowded and very quiet. It's not just sightseeing place, otherwise you can feel the power from the sroundding nature.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We arrived at the shrine at a perfect moment, when the monks were chanting and drumming. it was a dramatic end to 3 days of hiking through the mountains, and felt like a perfect way to recognize our accomplishment.

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