Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monpetokuwa Bakery Hostel has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Monpetokuwa is a home-stay like hostel run by a family, who also runs the bakery and cafe.  The house is perched above the bakery overlooking the Hidaka-gawa river in Ryujin village.  There are two Japanese style dorm rooms.  The toilet is shared.  The kitchen facilities and bath are not for use.  It is requested that guests use the public baths in Ryujin Onsen which is 13 kilometers to the north.  The extremely friendly owners wish to have guests slow down and experience rural life-style together with them.  By the way the food and bread is delicious!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Minshuku Yunosato has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Yunosato is a small guesthouse 1 kilometer south of Yunomine Onsen hot spring and is run by a friendly second generation family.  Minshuku Yunosato overlooks the beautiful Yomura-gawa river, a popular swimming hole for locals during the summer.  With pictures of their family in the communal dining room, dog outside the front door, and fish tank in the lobby, it has the atmosphere of a home stay.  The water for the indoor and outdoor hot spring baths is sourced from Yunomine Onsen. The outdoor rotenburo (available for private use) is near the bridge down a steep staircase, near the river.  Family members are fishermen and their catch of Ayu sweetfish is often on the menu.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Luggage Shuttle Service Torii has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Torii-no-Mise is a luggage shuttle service, luggage storage, and shop, which specializes in supporting pilgrims and trekkers on the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  The shop is run by the friendly and knowledgable Mr. Torii is passionate about helping visitors to fully enjoy the area.  Torii-no-Mise offers pick-up and delivery to accommodations, with the exception of the convenient pick-up option at Hosshinmon-oji and the Torii-no-Mise in the Zuihoden building at the base of the stairs to the Kumano Hongu Taisha.  Please enjoy your journey to Kumano!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Kumano Kodo Hongu Area Maps

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has just released new maps of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes in the Hongu area.

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Asariya Guest House has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Asariya Guest House is a lovely traditional Japanese home in a quiet residential area near the Ogigahama beach in Tanabe City.  The house was built in the mid-1930 by the progressive Asari family after returning from working in the United States.  The western influence can be seen in the sitting area near the entrance.  It was left vacant for a time until the visionary and passionate Ms. Kawafuji transformed the vintage home into a multi-purpose community development mini-venture.  During the day the house is a share-shop with different people using the space. In the evenings (after 16:00) it transforms into a guesthouse with private use for one booking a day.  Guests staying overnight therefore need to clear the main area of the house from 10:00 to 16:00, but there is a small room where guests staying multi-nights can store their things.  Note: the share shop staff use the main entrance to access the kitchen from 8:00 to prepare for their work day, but do not enter the living area of the house until later in the day.