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The Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine

Hongu (本宮町 Hongū-chō) is a mountain village in Wakayama Prefecture. It belongs to the city of Tanabe but is 60 km distant from the city center, so it is covered here as a separate destination.


It was a town located in Wakayama prefecture. On May 1, 2005 Hongū, along with the village of Ryūjin, from Hidaka District, the town of Nakahechi, and the village of Ōtō, both from Nishimuro District, was merged into the expanded city of Tanabe.

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is the main destination of this area. It is one of the Kumano Sanzan and is a holy place that has been visited by many people since the Heian period.

Get in[edit]

90 minutes by bus from Shingu Station.

Get around[edit]

Map of Hongu







Kawayu Onsen[edit]

Yunomine Onsen[edit]

Yunomine Onsen was discovered about 1,800 years ago, and it is thought to be one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

Wataze Onsen[edit]


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