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Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
The main shrine of Kumano faith
Known as one of the Kumano Sanzan, Kumano Hongu Shrine, where a lot of people worship, is the head shrine of Kumano shrines across Japan. The majestic Shaden (main hall) stands in this holy area. This area is likely to be designated as World Heritage "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range and the Cultural Landscapes that Surround Them". The area is also famous for its spas, such as the Kawayu Spa where hot springs come up from the bottom of the river, Yunomine Spa and Watarase Spa.
       
●Open/8:00-17:00
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free(with the exception of Homotsuden which is ¥300)  ●Tel/0735-42-0009
◆Access/From JR Kiitanabe Station or Shingu Station, take a bus bound for Hongu and get off at Hongu Taisha-mae bus stop.
       
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Kumano Nachi Grand Shrine and Nachi Falls
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Nachi Waterfall with the longest plunge in Japan
Located in the north-east of the well-known Katsuura Spa, Mt. Nachi is a sacred site of Kumano-faith, including Kumano Nachi Shrine that is one of the Kumano Sanzan and Nachisan Seigantoji Temple. The Nachi Fall has the highest direct drop in Japan and the water falling through primeval forest looks divine. This area was designated as World Heritage in 2004.
       
●Open/8:30-16:30
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free(with the exception of Homotsuden which is ¥300)  ●Tel/0735-55-0321
◆Access/By bus from JR Line Kii-Katsuura Station (taking 25 minutes)
       
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Ryujin Hot Spring
 
 
     
 
A peaceful and tranquil hot spring spa with 1300 years of history. The waters are said to be among the best three in Japan for enhancing female beauty.
Remote spa with a 1,300 year history. Said to have been discovered by Ennogyoja Ozuno and later opened up by Kobo Daishi who received a divine revelation while dreaming about Nanda Ryuo. Its colorless and transparent water ,which revitalizes the skin sodium bicarbonate and is famous for its reputed ability to make women beautiful. Known as one of the three Japanese hot springs of beautiful women alongside Kawanaka Spa in Gunma and Yunokawa Spa in Shimane.
       
●Tel/0739-78-2222(Ryujin office of tourism)
◆Access/By bus from JR Kisei Line Kii-Tanabe Station (taking 1 hour 40 minutes)
       
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