Kumano Hayatama Taisha 熊野速玉大社

Kumano Hayatama Taisha is located in Shingu city, Wakayama prefecture.
This Hayatama Grand Shrine compound includes the mountain in the background and ritual sites, Mfunejinja and Otabisho which are about 1km upstream of the Kumano River.
The location of the shrine which adjoins the riverbank of the Kumano River has remained without any change at least since the 12th century.

The Nagi tree in front of this shrine Shinpokan is an old tree of Podocarpus nagi, which is estimated to be 800 years old. 
Legend tells that it was planted as a donation by a feudal lord, Tairano-Shigemori when the shrine buildings were reconstructed in 1159.
The tree is designated a natural protected plant

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