Kumano Hongu Taisha celebrates its 2050 th anniversary of foundation in 2018.
Kumano is famous as a “holy grounds and pilgrim path in the Kii mountains” which UNESCO listed as a world heritage site in 2004. The Kodo (“old ways”) are a key part of the region’s UNESCO designation, and have been in use for over 1000 years. They are the only pilgrimage routes besides the Camino de Santiago to be designated a world heritage site. The pilgrimage route developed as a way for people to move between the sacred areas on the Kii Penisula. There are three Grand Shrines; Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha in Nakahechi Route, collectively known as Kumano Sanzan. Still now, people go to Kumano for the pilgrim road of Kumano Kodo. You can choose and try to walk in Kumano Kodo depend on your revel.
Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Hongu Taisha is the headquarters of Kumano Shrine that originates from nature worship. Kumano Shines are located in whole of Japan.
Kumano Hongu Taisha celebrates its 2050 th anniversary of foundation in 2018.Photo Source : Wakayama Tourism Federation
Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha is located in mouth of Kumano River. This shrine originates from deified Kumano River. There is Nagi tree as god of Kumano, it's designated as a Natural treasure.Photo Source : Wakayama Tourism Federation
Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine
Kumano Nachi Taisha is located in halfway up Mt. Nachi. This shrine originates from deified Nachi Falls.Photo Source : Wakayama Tourism Federation
Nachi Falls is famous as one of the three great waterfalls in Japan. Also It's 133m meters high, the most tallest and amount of waters in Japan.Photo Source : Wakayama Tourism Federation
Don't miss walking in Kumano Kodo!
There are many trekking/walking courses for beginner to expert in World Heritage Site Kumano Kodo.
You can try and enjoy walking there depend on your level.
Among them, Nakahechi route is most popular course.