Morning mist and the O-torii Gate(Asagiri to otorii)


The O-torii Gate standing in the morning mist

The O-torii Gate built at Oyunohara, the original location of Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is 34 m tall and 42 m wide. It looks different depending on the seasons, time, and weather. In the morning, from autumn to early spring, the shrine is surrounded by mist, creating a delicately beautiful landscape.


Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City (Oyunohara)
Season / Time zone
Autumn Winter(November - February) / Morning
Weather conditions
Frequency of appearance
Only in right conditions


Train & Bus: Take train to JR Kii-Tanabe Sta. Take a Ryujin Bus bound for Hosshinmon-oji[発心門王子], and get off at Hongu Taisha-mae[本宮大社前] (2hr.).  Car: 57 km (1 hr. 20 min.) from Hanwa Expressway Nanki-Tanabe Interchange. There are parking spaces on the bank of the Kumano River in front of Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.

Recommended spot

Tsugizakura-Oji Shrine > Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine