Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine is one of three shrines under the Kumano Sanzan. It is the head shrine of all Kumano shrines and houses 12 gods. Kamikura-Jinja Shrine is the site of the holy Gotobiki-Iwa Rock, and the annual Oto Matsuri Festival. Learn more about these sacred places on the tour.
Approx. 2 hours. Visiting points: Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, Kamikura-Jinja Shrine
In addition to the World Heritage listed Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine and Kamikura-jinja Shrines, this tour takes you along a portion of the Nakahechi Route of the Kumano Kodo, which pilgrims used to travel from Hayatama Taisha to Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine hundreds of years ago.
Approx. 4.5-5 hours. Visiting points: Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, Kamikura-jinja Shrine and Koyazaka Slope
Take a stroll around Shingu with your guide and enjoy the atmospheric streets of the city. Starting from Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, you'll stop by Kamikura-jinja Shrine before finishing off at Asuka-jinja Shrine in this tour of the main World Heritage sites within the city.
Approx. 3-4 hours. Visiting point: Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, Kamikura-jinja Shrine, Asuka-jinja Shrine
This course mixes two of the above routes, allowing you to visit all the World Heritage shrines in Shingu and finish up with a walk along the Koyazaka Slope portion of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route.
Approx. 6 hour. Visiting point: Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, Kamikura-jinja Shrine, Asuka-jinja Shrine and Koyazaka Slope
This route takes you along Koyazaka Slope, and goes through Miwasaki to bring you to Kushima and Suzushima Islands, both of which are geosites and are a result of the convergence of tectonic plates. Kushima Island is also the breeding grounds of one of the world's rarest birds, the Styan's Grasshopper Warbler.
Approx. 3 hours. Visiting point：Koyazaka Slope, Kushima and Suzushima Islands and Miwasaki Hachiman Shrine.
Take a walk around the Shingu Castle Ruins and learn all about its history and the intricate details that make this hilltop castle so important. From the stone walls that still stand today, to the Binchotan storehouses of old, there are so many aspects about the castle to discover. Atop the castle grounds, you can also get an amazing view of the city surroundings, the Kumano-gawa River and the Pacific Ocean. In 2017, Shingu Castle was appointed as one of 100 National Histoic Sites.
Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes. Visiting point: Shingu (Tankaku) Castle Ruins
Let the storytellers guide you through the history of the Kumano faith, using pictures of the Mandalas from Shingu, Nachi and Hongu, as well as one pertaining to the Buddhist 10 Spiritual Realms.
Average time required: 1 piece - 15min, 2 pieces - 40min, all 4 pieces - 1 hour.