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Kumano Hayatama Taisha

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Address: 1 Shingu, Shingu 647-0081, Wakayama Prefecture
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+81 735-22-2533

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Nice visit - part of the 3 must visit shrines

We drove around the coastal area and visited the 3 must see shrines in the Kumano area. Large Shinto temple complex with majestic structures. Worth a visit if you in town and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
Michael C
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We drove around the coastal area and visited the 3 must see shrines in the Kumano area. Large Shinto temple complex with majestic structures. Worth a visit if you in town and have some spare time. However, need to understand some Japanese as limited English of the sites or google before visit for better understanding of the site.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Why would you come to Shingu and not visit the Hayatama Taisha? It is such a spiritual place - and so beautiful

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is the second of the three great sites on the Kumano Kodo. Compared to the Hongu Taisha, which is calm and understated, the Hayatama is bright and relatively small. It's a lovely site, easy to get around on foot in a half-hour or so depending on your walking speed. The site is a 15 minute walk from the JR... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

I had spent 4 days walking the Kumano Kodo, and visited the other two pilgrim destinations (Hongu Taisha and Nachi Taisha)....so I had to visit the third. I love these buildings and Japanese carpentry, so beautiful. I had some nice sweets at a shop just behind the shrine, where there are also a couple of nice cafes. I recommend a... More 

Thank debiddo
Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The shrine commemorates Izanagi who is a deity born of the seven divine generations in Japanese mythology. You can see "the Sacred Nagi Tree" here. This tree is one of the Natural Monuments of Japan. It is said that this tree, which has grown to a height of 17.6 m and a circumference of 5.45 m, was planted as a... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I had done a walk over the hill to get there and was pretty tired. I did enjoy going over the little bridge to get there but there was a bus of tourists being pretty loud around there so I didn't get to feel the tranquility of the place fully. It's a nice quick stop off place and there were... More 

Thank Jo S
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Wander through this shrine and just enjoy your surroundings. The gardens and smaller buildings are lovely. The Kumano Hayatama Taisha is considered a major shrine in the Wakayama area and well worth a visit. We found it after getting off the Kumano River tour. It is free entry, has parking and facilities. You can catch a local bus or it... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2013

Hayatama Taisha Jinja is one of the three big shrines to see if in Wakayama. We went on a weekday morning and it was both quiet and wide open. Parking is free and the area is well-served by city bus too. One of the shrine workers was kind enough to provide me with a map of local sights in the... More 

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