Hongu is home to the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, one of the three great shrines of the Kumano Kodo - an ancient network of pilgrimage trails that wind their way throughout the Kii Peninsula. This is a fantastic place to pull on your hiking boots and explore Japan's beautiful nature whilst treading in the footsteps of centuries of pilgrims.
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.
Blue Sky Guesthouse
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.
|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|