Hongu

Hongu is home to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, one of three great shrines of Kumano known as the Kumano Sanzan.

Hongu Map

Located in the spectacular rugged rural landscape of Wakayama prefecture, the shrine forms part of the World Heritage registered Sacred Sites and pilgrim routes of the Kii Mountain range. All of the Kumano Kodo pilgrim routes lead to Kumano Hongu Taisha so staying in Hongu itself gives you endless options for walking through the mystical forests of thick black cedar trees, exploring the surrounding area with other modern day pilgrims. It is also a great base for accessing the nearby hot spring towns such as Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen.

Recommended Accommodation in Hongu

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Hongu.

Weather in Hongu

The Climate Guide for Hongu, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 8 9 12 17 21 23 27 28 25 20 16 11
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 1 1 4 9 13 17 21 22 19 13 8 3
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None Moderate Moderate Low None None None
Days with some Rainfall 15 16 18 17 17 20 20 19 19 16 13 13
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 75 98 159 246 256 368 323 302 390 230 166 66
UV Index (Maximum) 3 4 6 8 9 11 11 10 9 6 4 3