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Ryokan Tsukinoya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Ryokan Tsukinoya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Ryokan Tsukinoya is a traditional inn located in Chikatsuyu village along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  It is over 150 years old, being built at the end of the Edo period.  The deep brown of the aged wood adds a rich, warm, and soft feeling to this classic travellers accommodation.  A short steep staircase leads to the second floor where sliding fusuma doors and paper shoji screens separate the four tatami lined guest rooms.  The Ozaki couple is always happy to have visitors in their simple ryokan.

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Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie has joined the Kumano Travel community!



Shizen-no-Ie is an old junior high school that was beautifully renovated as a lodge.  It is located in the tiny community of Koguchi, half-way between Nachi and Hongu, thus making it an important overnight stop on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. To the south is the Ogumotori-goe trail and to the north is the Kogumotori-goe trail. It is also popular with fisherman, students, and families as a summer vacation spot.  There is a small river and shrine next to the lodge.  This is a great area to enjoy the peacefulness of an isolated mountain village.


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Harvest Hotel Nanki Tanabe joined the Kumano Travel community!

Harvest Hotel Nanki Tanabe has joined the Kumano Travel community!




Harvest Hotel Nanki Tanabe is a private membership resort hotel located on the shoreline of the Tanabe Bay in between Tanabe and Shirahama.  Half the hotel is for members only and half is open to the general public.  Rooms are spacious, bright, and decorated with pastel colors.  Guestroom balconies command expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and breathtaking sunsets.  The dining room looks onto the bay, and chefs are delighted to serve you a variety of dishes made with local fresh seafood and seasonal produce.  Relax in the outdoor baths with background sounds of waves. The hotel’s fitness zone includes a swimming pool and other sports facilities.




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Undersea Observation Tower "Coral Princess" in Shirahama has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Undersea Observation Tower "Coral Princess" in Shirahama  has joined the Kumano Travel community!


The Undersea Observation Tower "Coral Princess" is an excellent way to see a different perspective of Shirahama.  It is located 100 meters offshore behind Hotel Seamore.  The views from the tower offer a panoramic vista of the Ocean and surrounding landscape.  Down a winding set of stairs brings you below sea level where you can peak through 12 portholes to view the ocean bottom and over 30 species of colorful fish.  Sometimes it is hard to tell who is watching who, as the sea creatures look back through the windows at visitors!


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Kaiyutei has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kaiyutei has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Kaiyutei is a ryokan at the head of a valley above Senjojiki rock formation.  All rooms have an ensuite outdoor hot spring bath on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the distance.  This hotel is in a quiet location and serves delicious meals.  It is very popular with repeat visitors and couples looking for a private retreat.  There is a small walking trail nearby designed as a miniature Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route featuring many cherry trees.


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Dine Magazine visits Kumano

From April 16~18 Adam Waxman from Dine magazine joined a Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau Press tour.


The press tour covered the tastes and sites of the sacred Kumano region including the Kumano Sanzan shrines and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  The onsen culture was experienced in Yunomine and Kawayu.  The final night included eating at one of Tanabe's authentic izakaya restaurants featured in our Gourmet Map.

It was a busy and enjoyable trip and we thank Adam Waxman for taking the time out of his busy schedule to join us.

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DINE magazine is Toronto’s leading magazine for reaching active food lovers who enjoy the dining out experience. Sara Waxman, renowned taste-maker and travel journalist, brings more than 30 years of knowledge to the table, and then invites the reader to join her, whether at restaurants in Toronto, or around the globe. She has dined with the world’s most innovative chefs, and enjoyed dishes prepared by …

Voices|Visitor from France Interview in Hongu, April 13, 2011

Visitor Interview in Hongu, April 13, 2011
Male, early 30s

(below image from Hongu festival in Yunomine Onsen)



Where are you from?
>I am from France, but living in the UK.

How long are you travelling in Japan?
>2 weeks

Where have you visited?
>Shizuoka, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima and Yoshino. I am going to go to Takayama, Tokyo and Nikko next. I am travelling with a JR pass.

Why did you come to Hongu?
>My Japanese friend recommend to come here for the festival.

Are you enjoying yourself?

>I have just arrived in Hongu, but it is a beautiful place. I was surprised how many people spoke English here. There is more English and French information here than in Kyoto! Even if people don't speak English, they are very friendly and show me directions by taking me to the place I need to go.

Are you having any problems travelling?
>No, it is very easy travelling in the areas that aren't affect by the disaster that happened a month ago. Many of my friends told me not to go …

Yanagiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Yanagiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Yanagiya is a sea-side hotel ryokan in Shirahama.  All rooms and the restaurant have a view over Kanayama Bay including the white Shirarahama beach in the distance.  This hot spring has been famous since the 7th century when imperial empresses bathed in these historical waters.  The onsen water quality is effective for beautifying the skin. The well located Yanagiya is not only popular with onsen enthusiasts, but also families and couples.  There are many family friendly details and services, including cribs to use by your table in the restaurant.  Ingredients for meals are sourced from high quality markets focused on fresh marine products.


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Rough Guide features the Kumano Kodo (New Edition)

New Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route section included in 5th edition of the Rough Guide to Japan.
Published by Rough Guides Ltd.
Distributed by the Penguin Group
Feb, 2011


The Kumano Kodo is also included in the 29 things not to miss section at the beginning of the book, a collection of Japan's highlights.

Note: Sally McLaren was the contributor for the Kumano Kodo section and joined a press tour in February 2010 that was sponsored by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Tentsuku Guesthouse has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Tentsuku Guesthouse has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Tentsuku Guesthouse is an old reformed house one minute walk from the JR Kii-Tanabe Station.  It is a convenient, friendly, and reasonably priced hostel.  Japanese style dormitory rooms are on the second floor and separated for male and female. The entrance to the guesthouse serves as the "Peace" Fair Trade and ecology goods shop.  There is a communal common room, kitchen, washing area, and bath.  Free wireless internet.  The rooftop balcony is great for drying clothes.  The Ajikoji entertainment district is nearby with many great restaurants.  Busses leave for Hongu and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route next to the station. Please relax and get to know your fellow travellers in our guesthouse!




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Fujiya Ryokan Kumano Modern Room Price Plan Now Online.

Fujiya Ryokan Kumano Modern Room Price Plan Now Online.




The Kumano Modern rooms are western style designed on clean simple lines based on natural themes.  Lighting is soft and the focus of the room is the hot spring bath on the balcony overlooking the crystal clear river below.  There is a bench and small table built into it so you can have a drink while taking in the natural scenery.  Meals are eaten in a western style private dining room.  These rooms are popular with couples, including honeymooners, because of the privacy of an ensuite onsen bath.



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Shirahamakan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Shirahamakan has joined the Kumano Travel community!



Shirahamakan is a hotel ryokan across the street from the famous white sand Shirarahama beach.  This inn was one of the original establishments in the Shirahama resort.  There are shared historic baths with high quality thermal waters as well as rooms with ensuite outdoor baths and foot baths, perfect for a private onsen experience.  Meals compose of local products from the fertile sea and surrounding mountains.  Welcome!




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Minshuku Yamane has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Yamane has joined the Kumano Travel community!




Minshuku Yamane is a small family-run guesthouse in the quaint hot spring village of Yunomine Onsen.  The entrance is hidden behind a lush, well-loved garden and pond. This courteous and gracious minshuku is run by the cordial Yamane family.  The hot spring bath is open 24 hours and filled with constantly flowing thermal water.  Meals are hand-made with local ingredients.  Interacting with other guests in the communal dining area is great way to get to know your fellow travellers.




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Pension Shirogisu has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Pension Shirogisu has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Pension Shirogisu is a B & B located on the seaside a few kilometers north of the Tanabe City center close to the Haya Train Station (a 10 minute walk).  The owner speaks a little English and really enjoys having international guests.  The facility is very well kept and clean.  The view of the sunset over the ocean from the second floor balcony is popular with guests.  In summer it is also possible to swim and snorkel from the beach across the road.  Mr. Tomita named his Pension Shirogisu after a fish that is often caught nearby.


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Hotel Nakanoshima has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Nakanoshima has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Nakanoshima is a seaside Ryokan located on a private island in Katsuura Bay accessed via a short ferry ride from the tourist pier.  One of the highlights of staying in Nakanoshima is the large outdoor bath overlooking the bay.  The sounds of waves on the rocks nearby, while watching the sunset over the mountains, is a wonderful experience.  Meals include local, fresh, delicious seafood.  There is a walking trail to a lookout point on the top of the forest covered island with beautiful views of the rugged coastline.  Along the way is a hot spring foot bath where you can sit, relax and enjoy the surrounding nature.





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