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Katsuura Gyoen has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Katsuura Gyoen has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Katsuura Gyoen is a ryokan hotel in the coastal fishing village of Katsuura, famous for its expansive hot springs baths and fresh seafood. The facility overlooks Nachi Bay on the Pacific Ocean.  Katsuura village is the gateway to the Kumano Nachi Taisha and Nachi-no-Otaki, Japan’s tallest waterfall, around 25 minutes away by local bus.  In fact, the Nachi falls can be seen from some guestrooms and the outdoor bath, a small sliver of white hidden in the lush green forest of the surrounding mountains.  Katsuura Gyoen is one of the area’s principal accommodations and has been hosting visitors for decades.  There are a diversity of room types, including modern guestrooms featuring ensuite outdoor rotenburo hot spring baths.  The "Ten 天Designer Suite" on the top floor is one of the nicest guestrooms in the Kii-hanto Peninsula!

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Kishu Minable Royal Hotel has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kishu Minable Royal Hotel has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Kishu Minable Royal Hotel is part of the Daiwa Royal Hotel chain which prides itself on "uncompromising efforts to maximize the distinctive features and strengths of each resort location."  This beautiful natural location on a small peninsula in Minabe village was specially chosen to showcase Japan’s diverse natural landscapes and fine seasonal cuisine.  It is a standalone facility with excellent views of the surrounding ocean and landscape.  The drive into the resort is lined by fields and orchards, mostly ume, or Japanese apricot, a local specialty.  In the end February the orchards are in glorious full bloom.  The hotel has comprehensive facilities included Japanese, French and Chinese restaurants, massage service, karaoke rooms and indoor/outdoor hot spring baths.  The nearby Senri-no-hama beach and park are popular with families.

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Motoyu Bekkan has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Motoyu Bekkanhas joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Motoyu Bekkan is the "annex" or "bekkan" of the "hot spring source" or "motoyu".  Motoyu is the name of the main public hot spring bath in Ryujin Onsen, famous for its beautifying effects on the skin, which serves as the bathing facility for guests staying at the accommodation. Motoyu Bekkan is located across the river from the main center of Ryujin Onsen via a walking bridge.  All of the rooms are simple Japanese style that look out towards the river.  There is a communal sitting area and basic cooking facilities, although there are no cooking utensils, pots, pans, etc available.  You can bring your own food or eat at the nearby Izakaya Nagomi.

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Arafune resort has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Arafune resort has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Arafune resort is a rural, beach front accommodation between Kushimoto and Katsuura with hot spring baths.  The name derives from the rugged Arafune coastline near the inn which is part of the Yoshino Kumano National Park.  The building used to be the local Town Hall and has changed ownership and usage over time.  In 2010, Ms Watanabe, who used to work at a local hotel, bought the facility transforming it into a focal point to revitalize her hometown.  Festivals and gatherings are held monthly for both locals and guests.  They have their own organic garden and seafood is supplied by the neighbouring fishing port.  Arafune Resort’s goal is make everyone that visits feel like family.

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Kashiwagi Mikan Farm Stay has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kashiwagi Mikan Farm Stayhas joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Kashiwagi Mikan is a homestay in Akitsuno, just outside of Tanabe city in the agricultural center of the area famous for its terraced orange and ume orchards.  The Kashiwagi family are part-time farmers with a small orange grove above their home on the hill side.  The house itself is spacious and designed mostly by themselves.  They offer a farm experience and the activities depend on the season.  Staying at the Kashiwagi Mikan feels similar to a western B&B style of setting.  Saturdays are the only night available making this homestay the perfect weekend getaway with a rural, family feel.

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Hotel Shirahama has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Shirahamahas joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hotel Shirahama is a privately run "Kokuminshukusha" or "People’s Lodges".  It is an older facility well located within minutes walk of the famous white Shirarahama beach.  There is a hot spring bath with good quality mineral water and a communal sitting area.  All of the rooms are Japanese style and guests are asked to lay out their own futon bedding.  There are discount entrance tickets available for the Adventure World amusement park and zoo featuring pandas.  Hotel Shirahama is a reasonable accommodation popular with students visiting Shirahama.

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Minshuku Seseragi has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Seseragihas joined the Kumano Travel community!


Minshuku Seseragi is a family-run guesthouse in a small settlement south of Ryujin Onsen.  The owner is a well known fisherman, knowledgable and passionate about the beautiful mountain rivers flowing near his lodge.  The laid back atmosphere attracts fishermen and those looking for quiet tranquility, many guests enjoy the nature views from the guestrooms.  Meals are made with local ingredients, featuring locally caught fish.  The hot spring bath is lined with wood and looks out onto the river. The name of the minshuku "Seseragi" means "the sound of a flowing creek or stream", and has a peaceful and soothing nuance.

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2012 Tourism Merit Award for Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

2012 Tourism Merit Award for Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau


The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, was awarded  the 2012 "Organization of Tourism Merit" by the Wakayama Prefectural Tourist Federation on May 28th, 2012.
The sustainable tourism philosophy and grassroots initiatives are an outstanding example for other regions in Wakayama and Japan. 
"The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is a pioneer in community-based tourism in Japan." as quoted by the Governor of Wakayama.
We are thrilled to receive this honor two years in a row and will continue to work towards our mission "to develop and promote Japan's remote spiritual heartland into a quality, sustainable tourism destination open to the world". 
The director of our bureau, Tada Noriko, was chosen as the representatives of the awards on behalf of all winners.

Outdoor Club Iceman has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Outdoor Club Iceman has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Outdoor Club Iceman is based out of Minshuku Aisu in Kitayama village.  This region is mountainous with deep valleys, clear rivers, and isolated communities.  Rafting is a exciting sport where you cruise down the river over rapids and through clear pools on an inflated rubber boat or raft, great for the beginner or experienced rafter.  Team work is essential and working together to navigate the river is part of the fun.  Canyoning (Sawa Nobori) is for the exploring spirit, where you hike up and down secluded creeks and canyons, playing in waterfalls along the way.  Outdoor Club Iceman has two levels of Canyoning trips, one for adults and one for families, perfect for active kids and parent!  The perfect summer adventure!

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Minshuku Aisu has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Minshuku Aisu has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Minshuku Aisu is an outdoor recreation base in isolated and scenic Kitayama village (Outdoor Club Iceman).  There is small set of small cabins, main facility with kitchen and bathing facilities, and outdoor covered sitting area where guests can have BBQs.  Kitayama features deep gorges and clear rivers perfect for Rafting and Canyoning, some of the best in the Kansai region!  For the outdoor enthusiast, Minshuku Aisu is a perfect all in one destination with accommodation and tours available in the same location.  Explore, relax and enjoy the outback of the sacred Kumano mountains at Minshuku Aisu!

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Okutoro Onsen Yama-no-Yado has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Okutoro Onsen Yama-no-Yado has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Okutoro Onsen Yama-no-Yado is a hot spring cottage facility in the upper reaches of the Dorokyo gorge on the Kitayama River.  Kitayama is a small village surrounded by forested mountains beside a lake created by a dam.  Guestrooms are large mixed style with both western style beds and tatami rooms. Meals contain locally produced ingredients including Jabara, a citron only found in Kitayama. The hot spring baths are expansive with excellent views, their modern lines are based on the image of a log raft.  Forestry is a major industry in the region and historically logs were lashed together and floated down the river as rafts.  This has now turned into a major tourist activity and symbol of the village.  Rafting and canyoning are also extremely popular outdoor sports based in Kitayama.

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Travel Guys TV show in Kumano

Travel Guys TV show in Kumano


The Canadian Travel Guys TV show in Kumano appears in the episode Osaka 2012.  This episode has been aired and re-aired since December 2011.
View episode online >>
Note: The Travel Guys were guided in thearea by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau in June 2011.

Journey to Japan's Spiritual Roots, JNTO London

Journey to Japan's Spiritual Roots, JNTO London

"Journey to Japan's Spiritual Roots" Published by: JNTO London Press Release May 09, 2012

JNTO London Press Release introduces Mt. Koya and Kumano.
It is now easier than ever to visit two of Japan's most sacred sites, Mt. Koya and Kumano, thanks to the development of new transportation passes and a reservation system for international visitors.
Read more >> JNTO London >>

Tokyo Weekender Press Tour

Tokyo Weekender Press Tour


On May 9, 2012 the Wakayama Prefecture government held a press tour for the Tokyo Weekender, Tokyo's longest running premium English magazine. Founded in 1970, the Weekender is published monthly and is distributed in central Tokyo.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported the tour during their visit to the Tanabe City region.  Sites visited sited included Takijiri-oji along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and the Kumano Hongu Taisha.  A short walk was included along the section from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha.  The historic Yunomine Onsen and natural wonder, Kawayu Onsen were also covered.
Thank you to Tokyo Weekender and we are looking forward to the article in the upcoming issue.

Cafe Bocu - Re-opened

Cafe Bocu - Re-opened

Cafe Bocu is a macrobiotic restaurant in Chikatsuyu Village along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. The cafe is a reformed farmhouse surrounded by fields and serves healthy and delicious local produce. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this rural village.
Macrobiotics ["macro" (large) and "bios" (life)], is a dietary regimen that involves eating grains as a staple food supplemented with other foodstuffs such as vegetables and beans, and avoiding the use of highly processed or refined foods.

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Greentravelguides.tv features the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Greentravelguides.tv features the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

"Kumano trails, Japan." Broadcast by: greentravelguides.tv April, 2012

Greentravelguides.tv is the internet television channel run by Wildside (UK) productions which produce television programs about travel, natural and human history. It aims to give all the information to make eco-friendly travel choice.
Ancient pilgrimage trails in Japan’s Kii mountain range are now globally protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The trails link the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano.
Traditional inns, local food producers, hot springs and travel companies along the trails are listed in a reservation system run by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.
Efforts by the Bureau to encourage responsible tourism in this region saw it named runner-up in the recent Destination Stewardship section of the Tourism for Tomorrow 2012 awards.
Full interview online >> greentravelguides.tv >>
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Bijin-tei has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Bijin-tei has joined the Kumano Travel Community!


Bijin-tei inn is a labour of love. The facility overlooks the Hidaka-gawa river and is family owned and run.  The name "Bijin" means "beautiful women" and derives from the hot spring water, which is famous for its beautifying effects.  The friendly owner loves rivers and often serves the fish he catches from them including Amago, a species of salmon, which live in the colder upper tributaries.  For alcohol lovers a must try is the specialty of the inn, grilled Amago in Sake, the taste of the mountains, with a rich aroma.  Local ingredients are used in dishes, and the hot spring bath is lined with river stones, meticulously handpicked by the owners.

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Kumano featured in Travel and Leisure China

Kumano featured in Travel and Leisure China

Published by: Travel and Leisure China May, 2012

TV Wakayama features The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

TV Wakayama features The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.


TV Wakayama featured the Tanabe CityKumano Tourism Bureau on April 25, 2012 on the program “@あっと!わかやま(@Atto! Wakayama)”. 
The theme of the 10 minute live interview was the experience of being the winner of the runner-up position for the WorldTravel and Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in the DestinationStewardship Category.

Minshuku Hidakagawa has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Minshuku Hidakagawa has joined the KumanoTravel Community!


Minshuku Hidakagawa takes its name from the river that runs in front of it, Hidaka-gawa River.  The entire structure was built by the owners at first to house friends and family that came to the area on summer vacations.  It has a feel of a rustic road stop inn with a heartfelt "at home" feel.  They use many of their own home-grown, organic vegetables in their meals.

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