The Main Hall of Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine and the Starry Sky(kumano hongu taisha honden to hoshizora)


In the Eternal History

Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine is crowded with visitors during the daytime. However, the atmosphere is serene at night. This sacred place that has been attracting followers since ancient times exists forever in eternal time, just like the stars that move across the sky. (Visitors are not allowed to enter the precincts during the night. We obtained special permission to take this photograph.)


Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City (Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine)
Season / Time zone
Winter / Night
Weather conditions
Frequency of appearance
According to weather


Train & Bus: Take a train to JR Kii-Tanabe Sta. Take a Ryujin Bus bound for Hosshinmon-oji, 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