Kumano Hongū Taisha is a Shinto shrine located in Tanabe, Wakayama, deep in the rugged mountains of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. It is included as part of the Kumano Sanzan in the World Heritage site "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". The main deity enshrined is Kumano Gongen. [Wikipedia] Photo: Christian Kaden / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
This 34-metre high Otorii gate marks the entrance to the original Kumano Hongu Taisha location at Oyunohara.
If not trekking via the Kumano Kodo route, this shrine can be reached by a 1.5-2 hr bus ride from Shingu, Kii-Tanabe or Shirahama Stations. 'Hongu-Taisha-mae' is the closest stop, but if you alight at Hosshinmon Oji you can build in a two-hour hike into your visit too.