Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shingu

Kumano Hayatama Taisha has been a sacred spot since at least the 12th century, harboring artifacts that date back to at least the third century. Many features dotted around the site point to its origins as a center of nature worship. You'll see the revered tree that has stood on the grounds for at least 800 years. Look out for the giant rock Gotobiki-iwa, which rests half way up Gongen mountain and is said to have been the site where three Shinto deities descended from the heavens. If you're visiting around the 6th of February, don't miss the notable fire festival that takes place here, in which participants race down the mountain carrying flaming torches. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Shingu holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Kumano Hayatama Taisha and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • for me this is a typical shrine.. been seeing alot on the trips thus pardon me if i’m not excited.. the other kumajo shrine with the rock is more interesting due to the climb up.. its not difficult...  more »
  • This is one of the three big Kumano shrines to be seen. Praying atmosphere, relaxing and not too many tourists. Worths.  more »
  • An amazing Shrine (jinja) I definitely recommend visiting it. The air is fresh and the shrine absolutely beautiful. I recommend going in the fall.
  • Stunning scenery. A lovely if steep walk to the summit.
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