Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
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In ancient times the three gods (Kumano-Hayatama-no-omikami,Kumano-Musubi-no-omikami,Ketsumi-Miko-omikami) came down from the heavens to the sacred rock named Gotobiki at Mt.Kamikura.This rock is the object of worship and the origin of Kumano faith. Later, our ancestors built a new shrine at Shingu in the beauteous land named Kumano. They moved the three gods from Kamikura to enshrine them here at Kumano Hyatama Grand shrine. Now visitors can greet the gods here. People in this region have been praying with reverence and gratitude while offering blessings of nature to the gods ever since. Ceremonies of purificasion continue to be held ,for these rituals are the most striking feature of Shinto The Kumano-Hayatama Grand Shrine's history is steedped in the principles of pure nature worship. The name of our city "Shingu" means "new shrine," which includes the profound meaning whose primitive belief had changed into Shintoism.
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bearykim
Singapore, Singapore344 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
for me this is a typical shrine.. been seeing alot on the trips thus pardon me if i’m not excited.. the other kumajo shrine with the rock is more interesting due to the climb up.. its not difficult but still whew!
Written 10 December 2019
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Javier A
Eibar, Spain113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
This is one of the three big Kumano shrines to be seen.
Praying atmosphere, relaxing and not too many tourists.
Worths.
Written 17 August 2019
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jacfrancoise
Singapore, Singapore40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Please try the mochi dusted with brown rice powder sold by the friendly obaasan at the temple. It's made fresh daily!
Written 12 April 2019
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shendrix
Scottsdale, AZ623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was a wonderful place to visit. Just hiking up part of the Kumano Kodo was amazing and the beauty abounds in this glorious mountain area of Japan. The waterfall,the shrines...everything about it. Definitely worth coming to the area for.
Written 30 October 2018
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jajavalB
Lampang, Thailand2,787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
This shrine locate at the foot hill of the mountain and kumanogawa river. The shrines itself is not allowed to go inside , so just pray outside. There is haruo Sato museum , like treaury house, display cloths, accessories in the pilgrimage rituals. It's no english description so you can skip it. The area around the shrine is shady with cedar trees and ancient lamp posts. It's in the city so very easy to access by public bus.
Written 28 July 2018
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Jeffrey D
Griffin, GA2,172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The second of the three Kumano Sanzan shrines we visited was actually the oldest of the group. However, it's not as picturesque as the other two and consequently does not get the same volume of visitors. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful shrine with many lovely features, including an ca. 850 year old nagi tree whose leaves are said to help sustain relationships. It's an easy 15-20 minute walk from the Shingu train station.
Written 2 June 2018
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roboesGistel
Gistel, Belgium1,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This shrine is part of the "Kumano Sanzan" ( = 3 main Kumano shrines ), the center of Kumano worship.They are part of the famous Japanese pilgrimroute "Kumano Kodo" which runs through the Kii Peninsula and can be compared with the Santiago de Compostella pilgrim route.The shrine lies on the shore of he Kumano-gawa = river and you can walk here in 20-30 minutes from Shingu station.
The shrine ( or Budhist temple ) dates from the 12th century and its grounds are spacious; the architecture has a magnificent style.
On the grounds is a "Nagi tree with a trunk circumference of 6 meter and is believed to be 800 years old. "
Pilgrims and Emperors have left offerings which are on display in the Treasure House.
Entrance to see the treasures is 500 yen ; the grounds of the temple are free to visit.
Written 10 May 2018
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Saranger
Los Angeles, CA9,171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This shrine is my favorite of the Kumano Three Grand Shrines. It is also the smallest, but also the least crowded. The painting on the buildings is so colorful (orange, white, green) and it is so peaceful. We saw a Shinto priest emerge and being a service for a specially assembled group.

Also, the "ema" wtih the yataragasu (wooded plaques you write your wish on) here are my favorites of the three shrines. I could have spent several hours here just sitting in mindfulness. Something about it was very calming and peaceful...and then we left to climb up to Kamikura! Don't forget to make that trip during your visit to Shingu, knees permitting.
Written 8 April 2018
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GabyVM
Jakarta, Indonesia7,857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
You can get to this distinctive vermillion shrine by walking less than half an hour from Shingu JR station. Easy to enter, no stairs as in the other 2 Kumano Kodo's grand shrines (in Hongu and Nachi). The 800 year old Nagi tree shouldn't be missed. Many old stone monuments and big trees were in the shrine's spacious courtyard perhaps rooted in the nature worshipping culture. Awesome photo opportunities. Close by was a parking lot for tour buses and a shop selling local produce.
Written 1 November 2017
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tomizuta1953
Funabashi, Japan1,226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Hayatama-taisha is located in Shinguu City (Wakayama Prefecture) on the eastern coast of Kii peninsular and on the southern side of the river mouth of River Kumano. The other northern side of the river belongs to Mie Prefecture. Behind Hayatama-taisha is Mount Kamikura which is only 100 meters high and hosts a big boulder called Gotobukiiwa. Kamikura appears in Japan’s oldest chronicle Nihonshoki which mentions a visit of the mythical first Emperor Jinmu to Kamikura. Kamikura was believed to be where the Gods of Kumano descended from heaven and the boulder Gotobikiiwa was an object of worship. The website of Hayatama-taisha says that it originated in Kamikura and was relocated to the current site in the reign of the 12th Emperor Keikou (probably around the 4th century). Hence it was regarded as Shinguu (new shrine) from which the name of the city derives. The name Hayatama-taisha first appears in an index of Shinto Shrines composed in the 10th century. The shrine is dedicated to the Gods Hatayama and Fusumi, who are also believed to be God Izanagi and Goddess Izanami, the parents of Goddess Amaterasu. There is a sacred Nagi tree, a species of pine, in the shrine grounds. We visited this shrine as part of a guided tour from Tokyo. Our guide advised us that the leaves have no veins and is difficult to tear. So many put a leaf in their purses so that money will not dry up easily (In Japanese “tear” can also mean “dry up”) or as a token at a wedding wishing that the relationship will not be torn. Please browse my homepage Rediscovering Japan (Wakayama) if you are interested.
Written 26 October 2017
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