Hosshinmon Oji Shrine

Culture Experience Unesco World Heritage
Free Admission

Hosshinmon Oji Shrine is a site of historic remains that is one part of the Kumano Pilgrimage Route, a National Historic Landmark of Japan. The shrine also marks the start of a roughly seven-kilometer walking course that connects it to Wakayama Prefecture’s famous Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. “Hosshinmon” in Japanese refers to a will to convert to Buddhism and undergo training, and the land from here to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is considered sacred ground; it can even be said that it is the gateway to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine’s sacred ground. Hosshinmon Oji Shrine is surrounded by a thick forest of 200- to 300-year old trees, allowing visitors to thoroughly feel the rich nature. Autumn brings a beautiful foliage of changing colors, making it a particularly popular time to visit.

Photographs provided by 公益社団法人和歌山県観光連盟

0.5 Hours
Telephone Number
Postal code
Mikoshi, Hongu-cho, Tanabe_City
〒647-1744 和歌山県田辺市本宮町三越
Recommended season
June, July, August, September

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