Images of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival

Big festivals in Japan are vibrant and exiting, the energy of the massive crowds palpable. But small festivals with rich history and cultural connections are worth finding.

On such festival is the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival, in Hongu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. Hongu is a central place in the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes which are registered as UNESCO World Heritage and part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has a great website with details about all the Kumano routes, sights and accommodation – as well as about this festival and others in the region.



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2 Responses to Images of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Spring Festival

  1. This is so cool. I’m thinking about doing part of the kumano kodo in may.


  2. Veronica Jarrett says:

    A moving experience that brought generations together. Fathers participating with their young sons, men and boys, women and girls all joined to celebrate a truly spiritual occasion. Locals and visitors lined the street to watch. A group of elderly residents of a nursing home came out to watch and the parade participants paid due homage to them. The traditional ceremonies with chanting and lighting a pyre and feeding it with water to enhance the smoking were witnessed with great respect. At the end of the day the throwing and catching of white and pink moonballs was met with a great sense of joy and fun.


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