Full moon and the O-torii Gate(Mangetsu to O-torii)


Full moon and the O-torii Gate reflected on the water

During the Golden Week holidays from the end of April to early May, the O-torii Gate of Oyunohara, formerly part of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, are beautifully illuminated by the shrine. When the full moon appears in the eastern sky, you can see the moon and the O-torii gate reflected on the water surface of the rice paddies. This is simply a fantastic view.


Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City
Season / Time zone
Spring(May 3, 4, 5) / Night
Weather conditions
Frequency of appearance
Only in right conditions


120 min. by Ryujin Bus for Hosshinmon-oji from JR Kii-Tanabe Station. Get off at “Hongu Taisha-mae”[本宮大社前] bus stop. 80 min. by car from Nanki Tanabe IC on Hanwa Expressway (57 km). Parking is available on the side of the Kumano-gawa River, in front of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.

Recommended spot

Tsugizakura-Oji Shrine > Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine