From April 10th to 12th, writer Wendy Yanagihara and photographer Lottie Davies visited Kumano for the Lonely Planet Magazine. The
Wakayama section of the tour was supported by and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau. Wakayama Prefecture
The focus of the visit was on Yunomine Onsen and the outdoor possibilities of the area with the spiritual culture of Kumano as the backdrop. We walked and photographed the section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha. This route is very popular as a half-day to full day walk.
A soak in Kawayu Onsen, a tour to the Dorokyo Gorge, a traditional boat ride on the
, and a visit to the Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha were also included in the tour. Kumano River
The Kumano Hongu Heritage Center was much appreciated as a good source of information. An afternoon visit with Katsu Ueno, at Kumano Experience discussing Kayaking possibilities on the
also took place. Kumano River
Everyone here is excited about seeing the article in print and hopes that Wendy and Lottie will be able to visit us again soon. Thanks!