8 Scenic Spots of Hongu
Fushiogami-Oji Forest of Therapeutic Walk. This is also one of the 100 therapeutic walk spots in Japan.
On the way along Kumano Kodo, ancient people got a first distant view of Kumano Hongu Taisha and knelt down in prayer and got moved to tears without knowing. The name “Fushiogami”, literally kneeling down in prayer, came from this episode.
This spot commands the best view of the 6 Oji’s in town. A stone-made small shrine and a memorial service monument for poet Shikibu Izumi stand here. Her poem is engraved on the monument.
About 15 min by car from Kumano Hongu Taisha.
(Take Route 168 toward Nara Prefecture, and then take Fushiogami Line from the front of Misato Junior High School.)