Sunday, July 3, 2011

The tallest torii in japan

This really is the tallest torii in Japan, located in the town of Tanabe City in the mountains of wakayama.

It is made of steel and is 33.9 meters tall. It weighs 172 tons, and the top lintel is 42 meters wide.

The torii stands at the entrance to the original site of the Hongu Taisha Shrine that stood for more than 1,000 years on a sandbar where several rivers meet. In 1889 a disastrous flood destroyed the shrine and it was moved to its present hilltop site a few hundred meters away.

The torii and the associated hrine and the pilgrimage routes to the three Kumano shrines are now all a World Heritage Site.


  1. I'm sorry I don't comment more...but I do read your blog often and I love your pictures...they are absolutely wonderful! I wanted to say thank you for your work and efforts in posting them!

  2. Impressive. The one in Kyoto was also very big.


  3. Hi! My American friend told me about this.
    I've seen many photos of this torri,because I have lived here .
    I can say that yours are the most beautiful one of them.
    Did you go around here?
    I recommend you to go Nakahechi Art museum.
    I think you'll like it.

  4. Hi Hiromi
    Thanks for your comment. We were just passing through so didnt have time to explore.... but next time :)