A tour of “Natori Kumano Sanja”; Three Shinto Shrines


Natori is the only place in Japan where "Kumano Sanzan"’s three major Shinto Shrines were enshrined separately. Take a tour of "Natori Kumano Sanja", three Shinto Shrines.

"Kumano Sanzan"’s three Shinto Shrines, which originated in the "Kii" region, now Wakayama and a part of Mie Prefecture, "Kumano-Hongu-Taisha", "Kumano-Hayatama-Taisha", and "Kumano-Nachi-Taisha" were ceremonially distributed to the northeastern foot of "Takadate" hills in Natori at the end of the Heian era to worship the individual deities. This formed the "Natori Kumano Sanzan", three Shinto Shrines. It is rare that three tutelary deities are not enshrined together but enshrined separately with the same geographical distribution and direction as the original Head Shrines.
The tour will take four hours, 16,000 steps.
*Please carefully check the local bus schedule since service is not so frequent.
*Free Parking is available at each shrine for your convenience.

Natori Station

The stylish JR Station building made of white chalk

A-20 minute bus ride

Get off at "Nachigaoka-Nichome"

A 45-minute walk

"Kumano-Nachi-Taisha"

One of the three "Natori Kumano" Shinto Shrines ceremonially distributed from "Kumano Sanzan", the three Grand Shinto Shrines in the "Kii" region, where you can enjoy a view of the Natori plains and the Pacific Ocean.

A 45-minute walk

"Kumano-Hongu-Taisha"

One of the three "Natori Kumano" Shinto Shrines ceremonially distributed from "Kumano Sanzan", the three Grand Shinto Shrines in the "Kii" region, which is now Wakayama and a part of Mie Prefecture.

A 15-minute walk

"Kumano-Hayatama-Taisha"

The main shrine of the three "Natori Kumano" Shinto Shrines ceremonially distributed from "Kumano Sanzan", the three Grand Shinto Shrines in the "Kii" region.

A 5-minute walk

"Kumanodo" bus stop

A 15-minute bus ride

Natori Station

The stylish JR Station building made of white chalk

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