Kumano Taisha

Kumano Taisha is known as a shrine that worships the god of matchmaking and is a prefecturally-designated important cultural asset boasting 1,200 years of history.

At the entrance to the approach of the shrine stands a large torii gate, followed by stone steps in the precincts, and at the top perches the hall of worship.

Three rabbits are engraved somewhere in the grounds and it is said that people who finds them all will be blessed with good fortune.


O-Torii Gate

O-Torii Gate

The size of the torii that stands at the entrance of the approach is enough to overwhelm those who view it.

It is the gateway that leads people to stroll around the 1,200-year-history shrine.

Outer Shrine

Outer Shrine

The god musuhi, who gives birth to and nurtures all living things, is worshipped here.

Musuhi is the almighty power behind birth: animals, plants, and humans are all said to be born into this world by the power of musuhi.



In the past, marriages were conducted at night.

Since Kumano Taisha is famous as the place of matchmaking, special prayer sessions are conducted for matchmaking at nighttime.

Torches and candles are lit along the approach, creating a mystical atmosphere.


Ginzan Onsen

A Hot Spring Town with “Taisho Romanticism” Atmosphere that Thrived as a Silver Mining Town


Mountain Temple of Long Stone Steps, the Site Where Basho Read His Acclaimed Haiku

Sakata City

Graceful Cultural Crossroads Town that Flourished with Kitamaebune Trade Ships