Kumano Hongu Taisha Gran Shrine Reitai-sai Festival(kumano hongu taisha reitai-sai)


Boys Being Carried on their Father's Shoulders along Dainichi-goe

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine’s Reitai-sai Festival begins with the ceremony of “Yunobori-shinji” on April 13, and lasts for three days, finishing with the Togyo-sai ceremony on the 15th. In the Yunobori-shinji, young boys who have been purified by the spring water of Yunomine Onsen  are carried on the shoulders of their fathers along the Kumano Kodo and Dainichi-goe Section to Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine.


Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City (Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine)
Season / Time zone
Spring(April 13.14.15) / Daytime
Weather conditions
Sunny Cloudy Others
Frequency of appearance
Once a year


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

Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine > Yunomine Onsen (Dainichi-goe)