Kumano Sanzan and Ise Grand Shrine: 4 Gorgeous Temples on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
Kumano Hongu Taisha, the most important of the 3 Kumano Sanzan grand shrines
entrance to Kumano Hongu Taisha
Otorii, the largest torii gate shrine in all of Japan
1. Kumano Hongu Taisha
chozuya (temizuya), a Shinto water ablution pavillion, on the stairway up to Kumano Hongu Taisha
2. Kumano Hayatama Taisha
3. Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi-no-Taki (Nachi Waterfall)
Nachi-no-Taki, tallest waterfall in Japan
Incredible views from Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine
4. Ise-jingu (Ise Grand Shrine)
beautiful examples of pre-Buddhist Shinto architecutre at Ise Grand Shrine
huge cedars and camphor trees are found throughout the complexes
beautiful restored Edo-era Oharai-mahi street leading to Ise Naiku (Inner Shrine)
shop fronts on Oharai-mahi street leading to Ise Naiku (Inner Shrine)
huge shimenawa, tied sacred ropes, on the roof of Kumano Hayatama Taisha
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I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
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