Kumano Hongu Taisha
Located at the centre of the Kumano Kodo network of pilgrimage trails, the Kumuno Hongu Tasiha, also referred to as ‘Tanabe’ is one of the Kumano Grand Shrines. It enshrines Kumano Gongen, the shrine’s main deity and is preceded by the tallest Torii gate in Japan.
The shrine was originally located at another location but had to be relocated following a flood in 1889 that destroyed some of the previous structure. The shrine was first referenced in the 9th century however consecration of the original site undoubtedly dates back much earlier given that Shintoism did not embrace shrine-building until the introduction of Buddhism into Japan – during the 5th and 6th centuries.
As one of the three shrines making-up the ‘Kumano Sanzan’, many visitors will want to visit this shrine along with Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha – the three most important destinations along the Kumano Kodo trail. Information regarding accommodation in and around Kumano Hongu can be found through our ‘Kumano Hongu Area’ hotel page.
06:00 to 19:00
To reach the shrine visitors will need to walk along a pilgrimage trail - please note that these walk take multiple hours/days - or take a bus from a nearby train station. The nearest station is Shinju, from where buses depart once per hour and take 80 minutes / JPY1560 to reach the shrine. Alternatively, from Kii-Tanabe Station, buses depart for the shrine every 2 hours - taking 2 hours / JPY2100