Shingu, City in Japan

General Information about Shingu

Shingu (Shingu) is a middle town within Wakayama prefecture in the Kinki region. Sister cities of Shingu are Santa Cruz in the USA and Natori in Japan.

There is a fishing, commercial and passenger port in the city with yearly approx. 1.984 travelers. Trains do not go here. You need another means of transportation to get to Shingu.

Famous persons connected with Shingu are Haruo Sato (1892 - 1964), Isaku Nishimura (1884 - 1963) and Kume Higashi (1877 - 1969).

Travel tips for Shingu


Top Shingu destinations for your sightseeing are the Kumano Hayatama Big Shrine Kamikura Shrine (熊野速玉大社 神倉神社) throughout the year, the Kumano old road (熊野古道) throughout the year and the Doro gorge (瀞峡) throughout the year.

The Shingu castle, nowadays in ruins, was built in the year 1633 and impresses ist visitors with 35.000 stones.

riverboat-floating (川舟下り), another great attraction where you can experience stroll down the river pilgrimage road on a Japanese boat (川の参詣道を和船にのって下る).

Culture and History

Cultural roots make Shingu tourism particularly attractive. The Kii-mountain area spiritual place and pilgrimage route (紀伊山地の霊場と参詣道) is listed as world heritage. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Uki-isle wood (浮島の森) and the Shingu castle ruins (新宮城跡).


Do you want to see fireworks in Shingu? The Shingu (新宮花火大会) with 5.000 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Kumano-riverbed.

Hot spring

If you want to take a hot bath in Shingu, the spa Kumano-river Onsen Satsuki (熊野川温泉さつき) brings you relaxation and is also good for Neuralgia. The address: Kumano-gawa-cho hitari 707 (熊野川町日足707). Another hot spring here is Kumotori (雲取温泉), which helps amongst other things in muscle pain. Go to Takata 1810 (高田1810) for this.


You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Shingu? Mehari (めはり) is recommended by locals. Another recommendation for gourmets: Nare-Sushi (なれずし).

Flowers and Foliage

Discover the cherry blossom in Shingu from 03/21 to 03/31, best in the Shingu castle ruins (新宮城跡). The maple trees changing colour in Shingu is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Doro gorge (瀞峡), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 11/01 and the foliage lasts until 11/30.