Kamikura-Jinja Shrine

Kamikura-Jinja Shrine is an old shrine located halfway up Mt. Gongenyama, where the gods are said to have first descended to earth. It is at the top of a steep cliff on the Kumano Pilgrimage route, and is reached by climbing 500 steep stone steps. At the top of the steps is a large, sacred rock called Gotobiki-iwa, which is revered as the dwelling place of one of the shrine’s deities. The shrine has the best view of the entire Shingu area, as well as of the Kumano-nada Sea, and is also the site of the Oto Matsuri Festival, which is held on February 6 every year.



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