Shingu Walk, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kamikura-jinja Shrine (Traditional Boat Tour Extension)

Kamikura-jinja Shrine & Gotobiki-iwa Rock Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Kamikura-jinja Shrine & Gotobiki-iwa Rock
Kumano Hayatama Taisha
Steep staircase to Kamikura-jinja Shrine Kamikura-jinja Shrine & Gotobiki-iwa Rock
Steep staircase to Kamikura-jinja Shrine
Kamikura-jinja Shrine & Gotobiki-iwa Rock


Kumano Hayatama Taisha is the second of the three Kumano Grand Shrines.  It is located in the city of Shingu at the mouth of the Kumano-gawa River.  Kamikura-jinja is a small shrine on the side of the Mt. Gongen, next to a massive rock, which is believed to be where the first Kumano deities descended into.

This walking tour is designed to be combined with the Traditional boat tour, and will introduce the main sites of Shingu city (as well as some of the minor ones too!).  

The guide will meet you at the finish of the boat tour on the banks of the river.  The first site visited in is the Kumano Hayatama Taisha.  From here the tour varies depending if you have luggage or not.

If you have luggage, the tour will transfer to the Shingu train station by local bus so that you can drop your luggage in a coin-locker.  Lunch will be eaten at a restaurant near the station, and then walk to see the Kamikura-jinja.

If you do not have luggage the tour will eat lunch on the way to Kamikura-jinja, and then walk to the Shingu station to complete the tour. 

NOTE: For those that do not wish to climb the stairs to Kamikura-jinja, a visit to the ruins of the Shingu castle is included.

Please let us know if you have luggage or not when making the booking.

● Please make a request with the standard price and we will adjust the final price to match the number in your group.

Price per groupAll the year round

1~10 people


※ Maximum 10 people per tour.
※ Price includes insurance fee.
※ Prices does not included transportation fees or meals for guests, but does include meals and transportation costs for the guide.


9,300 yen
Availability    Open year round

* Prices subject to change.
Infant = 6 and under, Child = 7 to 11, Adult = 12 and over


Traditional Boat Tour

● This walking tour is an extension to the traditional boat.  Please book the boat tour online here >>


Course Outline

Course Name: Shingu city walk, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kamikura-jinja Shrine (Traditional Boat Tour Extension)
Distance: ~2.5 km
Length: ~3 hours
Difficulty: 1.5  (please note that the stone steps to Kamikura-jinja are very steep (although short), the other sections are flat walking)
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Meeting Place: At the end of the traditional boat trip in Shingu.  10:00 AM departure
Tour Ending Place: JR Shingu Station

Course Times

Meeting Time: 11:30
End of Tour: 14:30

Course Maps

Shingu City Map

Shingu City Map >>


The guide will take you to a local restaurant for lunch.  The guests lunch is not included in the price of the tour.  Please pay directly to the restaurant for your meal.

※ The guides lunch & transport is included in the tour price.

Luggage Storage

● If you have luggage there are coin-lockers at the JR Shingu station so that you can store them in during your walk.  More information >>


● If you are staying in the Hongu area before your trip, and then staying in the Nachi-Katsuura area after, then the following luggage shuttle service is very convenient.

Katsuura Shuttle (From Hongu area to Nachi-Katsuura area) >>


● wear appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
● be prepared for rain.
● bring a lunch and drinks.

After Tour

There are a few options once the tour is complete.

● Stay overnight in Shingu or nearby Nachi-Katsuura. Then visit Kumano Nachi Taisha the next day. (recommended)
● Take a train to Osaka.

Pilgrimage Etiquette

Please abide by the following guidelines while enjoying the Kumano Kodo.

1. Preserve the area as "heritage of all humankind".
2. Respect the faith of past and present worshipers.
3. Keep the routes clean - carry out all waste.
4. Protect the local flora and fauna - do not remove or introduce animals or vegetation.
5. Stay on the routes.
6. Be careful with fire - prevent forest fires.
7. Be prepared - plan your trip and equip yourself properly.
8. Greet others with a smile and warm heart.

Needed Information

Please supply the following information when booking.

Required Information

● Gender of all participants
● Age of all participants


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