Shingu is the type of place where the World Heritage sites will suddenly make their appearance, without much fanfare or warning when exploring around in the city. Because there are few ups and downs in the city area, renting a bike and cycling is the recommended way to visit each sightseeing spot efficiently. At the Shingu City Tourist Association opposite the JR Shingu Train Station, you can rent a bicycle for 500 yen a day from 9 am to 5 pm.
Asuka-Jinja is approximately 3 minutes from JR Shingu Station when going in the direction of the Kumano-gawa River. The shrine was recently registered as part of a World Heritage Site, and within the grounds themselves is a History & Ethnology Data Hall, showcasing Shingu's religious and cultural history through displays of excavated objects of worship and ancient documents.More Info.
If you go past the Shingu Castle Ruins and enter a side street that approaches the river, you will find yourself at a promenade along the Kumano-gawa River. You can enjoy an invigorating bike ride as you enjoy the river view and the sea breeze all at once.
Moving away from the riverside promenade and back into the city, you'll come across the Nakanomachi shopping street, where you will encounter plenty of scenery with a nostalgic Showa atmosphere.
Pass through some streets that take you straight back in time on your way to the World Heritage Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine. Within the lush shrine grounds, you will find the majestic Nagi tree, which is more than 1000 years old and a designated natural monument, as well as the Sato Haruo Memorial Hall and the shrine's treasure museum.More Info.
Coming from Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine towards Kamikura-Jinja Shrine, you will travel southward through a residential area going past some of Shingu's various temples. At the base of the sacred Mt. Gongenyama are some intriguing and well designed temples like Zuisen-ji, Seiryo-ji, and Myoshin-ji.
Pop off your bicycle for a moment, and have a go at climbing up the steep stone stairs, before heading for the main shrine hall of Kamikura-Jinja Shrine. Once you reach the top, you'll see the Gotobiki-Iwa Rock, or the shrine's main body of worship, and be greeted by a sight of the city that you can only view from here!More Info.