A Brief Detour: A View of Autumnal Leaves at the Observatory and the O-torii-Gate(Chotto yorimichi tenbodai no koyo to otorii)


Harmony of the Morning Mist and Autumnal Leaves

From the observatory on the Kumano Kodo that looks down Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, you can enjoy seasonal views that change every hour. You can enjoy an especially beautiful view in the early morning. When the morning sunlight shines on Oyunohara, where Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine was originally located, the mist sparkles as if it is dancing. In autumn, the colored leaves at the observatory add a beautiful touch to the mountains of Kumano.


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


Walk down from Fushigami-oji for about 40 min. or climb up from Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine for about 25 min.

Recommended spot

Tsugizakura-Oji Shrine > Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine