Kumano Guest House is a small dorm-style lodging near the Kii-Tanabe
station (less than 5 minutes walk) run by a friendly mother and son
combination. There are two Japanese style rooms on the second floor
with tatami flooring and sliding doors. The first floor features a
restaurant. Guestrooms are gender segregated male and female:
non-smoking with air-conditioning, TV, and small communal refrigerator.
There is a washing machine and balcony to hang clothes to dry.
Friendly, convenient, reasonable.
Minamino Fields Fudozaka is a tiny wooden cottage in the upper reaches of Irokawa settlement about 25 minutes drive inland from Kii-Katsuura station. There are terraced fields below and a magnificent panoramic view of waves of mountains with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop. Mr. Ura, the owner, is a retired civil servant and uses this cottage as a base for his organic blueberry jam business. The cottage has a main room (with irori hearth), one bed room, a small wooden bath, western toilet, and large balcony. Mr. Ura would like to welcome international visitors to experience this special place in Kumano.
Log rafting anyone! Logging in the the mountains of the Kii peninsula
has been a major industry for centuries. Before roads were build, logs
were floated down the rivers connected together as rafts. The skills
and techniques of these "logging river runners" has been preserved in
the Kitayama village for over 600 years. Now log rafts are used to
transport thrill seekers through the scenic Dorokyo Gorge, part of the
Yoshino-Kumano National Park. Log rafts are strictly checked for safety
standards, while guests are required to wear life jackets at all times.
The philosophies and tourism infrastructure of Tanabe City and the Kumano Kodo are featured in the first installment of a three part series of how local areas promote their historical heritage to international visitors.
Minshuku 3rd Place Kumano Kodo is an old farmhouse in the Nonaka area near
Tsugizakura-oji on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Mr. Tetsuyama has
reformed the building while maintaining the authentic charm of the
countryside, rich deep browns of aged wood, tatami mats, fusuma sliding
doors, and veranda - decorated with antiques. There is a full kitchen,
small bath, toilet, bicycles, and free Wi-Fi; making for a convenient
stay. The congenial Mr. Tetsuyama is passionate about sharing the local
mountain culture. He is an organic farmer with the diversity of crops.
He would like guests to feel at home -- your personal third place on the