Kumano Hongu Area

Kumano Hongu Area

Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of three shrines making-up the ‘Kumano Sanzan’ or Kumano Grand Shrines. As such, it is one of the primary destinations for visitors walking the pilgrimage trails of Kumano Kodo.


The area around Kumano Hongu is home to guesthouses and hotels, providing accommodation to pilgrims as they walk the trails along with visitors who want to explore the shrines and perhaps undertake a short walk themselves.


Approximately a 7.5 to 8.5-hour drive from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

To reach the Kumano Hongu Area, 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 shirine. Alternatively, from Kii-Tanabe Station, buses depart for the shrine every 2 hours - taking 2 hours / JPY2100

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