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Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano, Japan's oldest shrine
Since the 8th century, the Hananoiwaya-jinja in Kumano has been recognized as a high place of Japanese cosmogony given the tombs it houses; that of Izanami, the co-creating deity of the world and o
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Asuka Shrine Shingu
Asuka Shrine (阿須賀神社) in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture is an ancient Shinto shrine on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage route.
Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine
Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine in Nachi is one of the three Kumano Sanzan shrines and sits in beautiful scenery near Nachi Falls, Japan's highest waterfall.
Kumano Hongu Taisha
Isolated in a dense cedar forest in the center of the regional Pilgrimage route network, Hongu shrine commands respect.
Kumano Nachi Taisha
The paved route from Daimonzaka winds through a cedar forest before reaching Nachi, culminating in an encounter between Buddhism, Shintoism, and nature.
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