Autumn Leaves at Inabane-oji Shrine(Inabane-oji-no Koyo)


Red-colored autumn leaves

Inabane-oji  is known as one of the Gotai Oji – the five most revered of the kujyuku oji (the subsidiary shrines of the Kumano Grand Shrines)  of the Kumano Kodo. The name of this shrine can be found even in Minister Fujiwara Munetada’s journal Chuyuki written In 1109 (the year Tennin 2), which is proof that the shrine has quite a long history and has been highly worshiped. It is situated along the bank of the Iwata-gawa River, for which Emperor Gotoba (reign: 1183–1198)  wrote a “gyosei” poem (Japanese-style poem written by an Emperor). The vividly colored shrine structure and bridge located in its precincts are the distinctive features of Inabane-oji ; they match the surrounding autumn leaves quite well.


Kamitonda Town
Iwada, Kamitonda Town
Season / Time zone
Autumn(November) / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy Others
Frequency of appearance
According to seasons


2 minutes’ walk from “Inabane-oji”[稲葉根王子] stop, where the Ryujin Bus and the Meiko Bus stop

Recommended spot

JR Kii-Tanabe Station > Inabane-oji