Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Manseiro Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Manseiro Ryokan is a located on the edge of Katsuura Bay across from the tourist pier, within walking distance of the Kii-Katsuura station.  The building itself is older but the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable.  The traditional Japanese Kaiseki meals, with a focus on fresh local products, is a highlight of a stay at Manseiro.  There are both Japanese and Western style rooms.  There are hot spring baths in the facility, but guests can also take the ferry across to the neighboring Hotel Urashima and soak there for free, including the famous Bokido onsen cave bath overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

300 Dual Pilgrim milestone reached

Over 300 Dual Pilgrims have been registered from 34 countries across the planet!

Congratulations to our Dual Pilgrims!

A "Dual Pilgrim" is someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).

This program was developed to celebrate, honor, and share the stories of those who have completed both of these UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes.

More about Dual Pilgrim Program >>

Dual Pilgrim online list >>

PDF data of 300 DUAL PILGRIMS >>

Friday, August 12, 2016

Guest House Kumano has joined the Kumano Travel community!

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.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)

Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen
(Children 6 to 11 years old)

NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.

Five consecutive days

JR conventional lines:
Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line)
Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line)
Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line)
Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes

Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section.
Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains.
Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai International Airport and Shin-Osaka section.

Mie Kotsu Bus:
-Geku-Naiku line
-Ise/Futami/Toba Excursion Bus CAN Bus
-Owase Station to Washige
-Owase Station to Segiyama -Kumano Kodo Center
- Kumanoshi Station to Senmaida and Tori-toge pass entrance

Kumano Kotsu Bus:
-Kii-Katsuura Station to Nachisan
-Shingu Station to Hongu Taisha-mae
-Shingu Station to Koguchi
-Shingu Station to Kii-Katsuura Station

Monday, June 27, 2016

Minamino Fields Fudozaka Cottage has joined the Kumano Travel community!

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.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Log Rafting in Dorokyo Gorge has joined the Kumano Travel community!

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. Have fun!