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Kumano Kodo Hongu Loop and Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine

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Kumano is an important part of the World Heritage site “the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountains”. Kumano is in Wakayama Prefecture and I worked for Wakayama Prefectural Government as a general manager of Cultural Heritage Division and I was also in charge of the World Heritage Project. I know this sacred site very well.

Kumano Tour Guide - Hiroyuki T.
Hiroyuki T.
4.95 / 5
(107 reviews)
10:00 AM

Meeting Point

At JR Kii-Tanabe station (or at your hotel in Osaka, JR Osaka station, JR Tennoji station or JR Wakayama Station, ask for details)

10:00 AM

JR Kii-Tanabe Station

I will meet you at JR Kii-Tanabe station ( I can meet you at your hotel in Osaka, JR Tennoji station, JR Osaka station or JR Wakayama station early in the morning. Ask for detail).

Kumano is a sacred site for both Japanese indigenous religion Shintoism and Buddhism. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes connect ancient capital Kyoto and Kumano. People make a pilgrimage to Kumano from all over Japan. In this tour, we will walk on Kumano Kodo to make a pilgrimage to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine from Hossinmon Oji.

Why is Kumano so sacred? Why Kumano is a sacred site for two different religions? How had it become so? I will answer to these interesting questions on the spot.

12:30 PM

Hossin-mon Oji on Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

Hossinmon Oji marks the entrance to the most sacred area of Kumano.

Pilgrims who walked through Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route renewed their spirit here and continued their pilgrimage to Kumano. We also walk on the pilgrimage route for 4 km from here to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

On the way, you will be able to have a distant view of the former site of Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine from Fushiogami Oji.

03:30 PM

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

After following the same route as the ancient pilgrims, we will arrive at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine which is one of the Three Shrines In Kumano (Kumano Sanzan). It was once simply called the Deity of Kumano. It is said that it enshrines the spirit of the sun, water, or trees. Legend has it that it was founded 2,000 years ago, and it had been strongly influenced by Buddhism after the 7th century.

04:00 PM

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine former site Oyunohara

Kumano Hongu Taisha was on the sandbank of a river until the shrine was washed out by a flood in 1889. After the flood, the survived four shrines buildings were relocated to the current location. Remaining here are the foundation of the shrine buildings which has a dignified atmosphere. Also, standing at the entrance to this place is the highest torii gate in Japan.

Ending Point

At the starting ponit

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Insurance

Bus ride 5,000JPY round trip plus the same amount for guide

Food and drinks


Tour Important Information

As we will walk for about three hours, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Tours are NOT covered by insurance. Make sure to be covered by your own insurance.

Transportation fare, entrance fees and lunch are NOT included in the guide fee.

Direct payment will be occurred in CASH on the spot on the day of the tour.

Bus ride Kii-Tanabe-Kumano (round trip) 5,000JPY per person plus same amount for guide.

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Kumano Tour Reviews

Amazing guide for visit of main Kyoto landmarks + gardens

Hiroyuki showed up early and we packed way more into the day than I had dated to hope. He is incredibly experienced, very good English so we had lots of interesting conversations about the history and ideas of our destinations Strongly recommend

Chris W.

It was very nice meeting you yesterday in Kyoto. It was a beautiful day. It was also very nice to have conversations with a person who showed a lot of interest and respect to the history and culture of Japan. Sorry for the Nara tour. I hope that you will have another wonderful day in Nara.

Kyoto Highlight Tour

It was a pleasant time to meet up with Hiroyuki-san the second time for a tour in Kyoto! This time I brought my 2 bosses along and they were very impressed with his knowledge and explaination. He also considered our request for lunch and found a good soba/udon shop. Thank you for also sending us to Osaka from Uji ! I hope to see you again soon!

Stephanie C.

Stephanie, It was very nice meeting you again in Kyoto. I have met a lot of people for my job. You are the first and only person who came back to me. Do not bring your boss next time. I deserve a tour for your own to relax.

Gena J.

Gena J.

5 / 5
Jun 11, 2024

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We chose a 1/2 day tour through Osaka. Osaka is very different from the other areas of Japan that we visited. Dotonbori is a little bit of Times Square meets Las Vegas. The are was crowded and I don't think we could have found our way through all of it without Hiroyuki. There is a lot to see in the way of huge signs, Biliken statues and fried food venders. The best part about this tour to me was Hiroyuki did his best to ensure I found Japanese made items to purchase for gifts. I wanted to take some nice things home for myself and gift some to my family. He also suggested we look at knives which was a splendid idea. We visited a vendor and the knives were very reasonably priced. He knows Osaka well and is a great guide.

Gena J.

Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad to hear that you liked my tours. I like shopping myself, it was very nice spending time with you for shopping. It's also good to know that you like Japanese knives. Please visit Japan again, there are much more to see here.

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