3 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Wakayama’s Shrine

1. THE MOST SACRED PLACES IN JAPAN is Wakayama

When it comes to the subject of famous Temples and Shrines, most Foreign travelers only think about Kyoto or Nara prefectures.  But Wakayama Prefecture is right there with Kyoto and Nara with the important and sacred places.  One of the most sacred places in Japan, “Koyasan” is located in the Wakayama Prefecture.  The Koyasan area is the headquarters of the Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism.  It is also the final resting place of it’s founder Kukai.

 

2. Manners at Japanese Shrine

3. So many UNESCO world heritage registered in Wakayama

The two of the three major sites of the Kumano Kodo (Kumano Ancient Road) pilgrimage, are located in the Wakayama Prefecture.  One is the above mentioned Koyasan area and the second is the Kumano Sanzen.  Kumano Sanzen is part of the Kumano region in Kii Peninsula and consists of three very important shrines of Shintoism, they are Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine).  All sites of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage are recognized as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites.

In addition to the two Sacred Sites of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimages, the Nachi Katsuura area of the Wakayama Prefecture also contains Seigantoji Temple, which is the first Kannon temple that pilgrims visit, in the Saikoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage of the Western Japan.

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