One of the UNESCO venues comprising the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, Kimpu-jinja Shrine is located on the Omine-Okugake Trail close to Aonegamine Peak, standing at an elevation of 858 meters. Surrounded by trees and hidden deep in the mountains, the shrine was once the hideaway of Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune, a famous military commander forced into hiding by his brother. The small pagoda where he hid, is a short walk from the main shrine building.
The shrine is also home to the guardian god of Mt Yoshino, making it one of the most sacred in the Yoshino area. To this day, Shugendo practitioners continue to carry out ascetic training in and around Kimpu-jinja. Although quite a bit of walking is required, this eerily atmospheric venue is worth including for fans of off-the-beaten-path experiences.
- Venue Details & Access Info
1292 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshino
From Ropeway Yoshinoyama Station:
- 2hrs on foot from the station.
- 金峯神社 Kimpu-jinja Shrine
- address 吉野郡吉野町吉野山1292 1292 Yoshinoyama, Yoshino, Yoshino
- Opening Time & Admissions
Open all hours (except for the benkei Kakure hut which closes irregularly)
*Except the Benkei Kakure hut which costs ¥300. For more information, please contact 090-5655-6898）
- Contact Details