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Bule Sky Guesthouse has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Bule Sky Guesthouse has joined the Kumano Travel community!   




Blue Sky Guesthouse is a guesthouse tucked into a small valley in the town of Hongu, close to the World Heritage Grand Shrine, Kumano Hongu Taisha.  The young owner, Naoya Yamamoto, always dreamed of owning his own guesthouse.  When he travelled to other countries he received gracious hospitality from many people.  He now wants to give back into the karmic travellers’ cycle and create a place that welcomes visitors to fully experience the area.  Each room has its own bath and toilet.  Visitors also have free access to the kitchen and internet.  For those walking the Kumano Kodo or looking for somewhere to stay for multiple nights, this accommodation is a popular choice.  Families also find the Blue Sky Guesthouse convenient.



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Fujiya Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Fujiya Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!



Fujiya Ryokan is one of the largest accommodations in Kawayu Onsen and is located at the east end of the village.  All but three of the rooms are traditional Japanese style.  The other three are modern western theme rooms based on earth, bamboo and wood respectively, all with private baths on the balcony.  All rooms have a view of the Oto River which flows through the village.  The d├ęcor is traditional Japanese with Ikebana and other art throughout the facility.  Hot spring water bubbles to the river surface in front of the hotel.



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Kameya Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kameya Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!    



Kameya Ryokan is one of the oldest accommodations in Kawayu Onsen.  The main building was built over 150 years ago and is registered as a National Cultural Asset.   The rooms are older but all have views on to the crystal clear Oto River, which flows through the village.  Kameya Ryokan is run by the Kobuchi family and are well known for their excellent meals.  One of Kameya’s specialties is "Kumano Yakusen Ryori" or "Kumano Medicinal Cuisine", made with fresh, local ingredients, to keep the body, mind and spirit healthy.


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Minshuku Omuraya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Omuraya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Omuraya is a guesthouse run by the Omuraya family in the middle of the Kawayu Onsen hot spring village.  This friendly accommodation has a welcoming “at home” atmosphere with many repeat visitors.  There are three separate buildings at Minshuku Omuraya, one which allows pets.  Many of the rooms have river views.  Guests are free to use the hot spring baths in the river in front of the establishment.

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Ryokan Adumaya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Ryokan Adumaya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Ryokan Adumaya is one of the main traditional inns in Yunomine Onsen, a hot spring village with over 1800 years of history.  It was founded by a shrine priest in the 18th century.  All of the rooms are classic Japanese style with names such as “sakura” (cherry), “take” (bamboo) and “sugi” (cedar).  The atmospheric inside baths are made of wood with lofty ceilings.  The outdoor baths are made of rock, and situated in an elegant Japanese garden setting.  Ryokan Adumaya prides itself on using 100% hot spring water in all of their meals.


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Minshuku Yunomine-so has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Yunomine-so has joined the Kumano Travel community!
This facility is located a few hundred meters south of the Yunomine Onsen village on a ridge above the Yomuragawa River.  It is a quiet accommodation and serves a variety of different set meals that compliment the seasons.  All of the rooms are Japanese style.  There are both indoor and outdoor baths, each with very good quality water. 

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Minshuku Adumaya-so has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Adumaya-so has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Adumaya-so is associated with Ryokan Adumaya and is located at the south end of Yunomine Onsen.  It is a simple accommodation with Japanese style rooms.  Meals are served in the communal dining area.  Guests staying at Minshuku Adumaya-so can use the atmospheric hot spring baths at Ryokan Adumaya, a short walk away.

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Minshuku Yunotaniso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Yunotaniso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Yunotani-so Minshuku is run by the Kikuchi family and is located at the upper end of the small hot spring village, Yunomine Onsen.  It is a well-run establishment with a good reputation in Japan and around the world (It is featured in the Lonely Planet Japan guide book).  There are both indoor and outdoor hot spring baths in the minshuku.  They enjoy preparing delicious handmade Japanese food for guests, and take great satisfaction in providing traditional countryside hospitality.

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Minshuku Teruteya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Teruteya has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Minshuku Teruteya is a small guesthouse tucked into the mountain side in the hot spring village of Yunomine Onsen, and is run by the hospitable Fujikawa family.  The meals are lovingly handmade with fresh, local ingredients.  Teruteya is the princess in the legend of Oguri Hangan, who was miraculously healed in the Tsuboyu Bath.  The three guestrooms are located on the second floor and the communal dining room and onsen bath are on the ground floor.  This inn is decorated with handmade crafts and paintings by Mrs. Fujikawa.

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Tsuboyu Bath "Single Best Onsen"

In hot water” by Wes Lang Photos by David Kawabata Published by Kansai Scene December, 2010

Wes Lang interviewed David Kawabata, a local onsen enthusiast.  David has chronicled his visits to over 200 hot spring baths and has recently opened a website dedicated to his experiences. http://iloveyu.jp
In the article David was asked about his favorite bath: "Probably the single best onsen would have to be Tsuboyu located deep in the Wakayama mountains in the village of Yunomine Onsen.  There is something very special about this place, especially if you can share it with someone you love like I did.  The water leaves your skin feeling as if it was coated in soap.  Afterwards, this bath will leave you feeling better than you could imagine.  I can't wait to go back".
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Kumano featured in ANA Wingspan Inflight Magazine

Road to Paradise” Story by Eugene Tarshis Photographs by Hans Sautter Published in Wingspan, the inflight magazine of the ANA group December, 2010

Note: Eugene Tarshis and Hans Sautter were participants of a Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau press tour in December, 2009. Previous blog entry >>

Minshuku Atarashiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Atarashiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Atarashiya is a small guesthouse located in the Yunomine Onsen hot spring village run by the Wada family.   They serve meals in the guestrooms and have a small private bath.

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Minshuku Kuraya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Kuraya has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Minshuku Kuraya is a small guesthouse with over 100 years of history and features traditional Japanese construction. It is located by the creek in the middle of the Yunomine Onsen hot spring village.  Minshuku Kuraya serves local “family” meals and the hot spring bath is open 24 hours.  The communal dining room is surrounded by sliding shoji paper screen doors.  The guestrooms look out onto the village.  For those looking for an authentic guesthouse with Japanese architecture this is a good choice.




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