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Minshuku Ryujin has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Minshuku Ryujin has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Minshuku Ryujin is a family owned three bedroom guesthouse just south of Ryujin Onsen.  It is built on the steep river bank at the confluence of Hidaka-gawa and Komata-gawa rivers.  The dining room is on the first floor (level with the road), and the guestrooms and hot spring baths are on the lower two floors.  All rooms have views onto the river.  This unique location, friendly service, and delicious meals make a stay at Minshuku Ryujin an immersive off-the-beaten-track experience.  The owner’s son runs a tiny Izakaya restaurant nearby (the only one in the area) for those who prefer to eat outside of the guesthouse.
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Kumano in Metropolis Magazine

Kumano in Metropolis Magazine

 "Kumano, Hikers' heaven meets onsenparadise" Text: Alena Eckelmann Published by: Metropolis June, 2012

Kumano was featured in the Metropolis, a free paper based in Tokyo.
"Lush green forests and mountains as far as one can see; countless streams and waterfalls with crystal water, and rustic friendly villages—this is what first sparks the interest. Then the rich heritage of the region considered the spiritual heartland of Japan gets you hooked. Kumano is situated in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula, just three hours by train or car from Nagoya or Osaka. This mountainous area is a great place to cool down and power up during Tokyo’s boiling summer."
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Kue-tei has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kue-tei has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kue-tei is a restaurant in Shirahama with views onto the sea and traditional Japanese atmosphere.  As its name allures to, Kue-tei specializes in Kue cuisine.  Kue (Longtooth grouper or Kelp grouper) is a rare and exquisite fish that lives off the south-eastern coast of Japan, especially the Wakayama Prefecture coastline.  It is a high quality white fleshed fish, considered a delicacy.  It is often enjoyed grilled, as sashimi, or in a hot pot "nabe".  Kue has been referred to as "legendary" and the "taste of luxury" because of its sophisticated and refined flavor.  After more than 20 years of detailed research, the Kinki University Fisheries Department successfully cultivated Kue, a monumental feat of aquaculture engineering, and now supply a reliable and delicious source of this savory fish so guests can enjoy eating it year round.
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Michi-no-Eki Furusato Center Oto has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Michi-no-Eki Furusato Center Oto has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

The Furusato Center Oto is a Michi-no-Eki rest stop on highway 311.  There is a restaurant serving local foods included the featured Kumano-no-Hana set lunch.  There is also a souvenir shop selling local goods, such as wood crafts.  The restaurant has windows that look onto the Tonda River.  This is a good place to stop for lunch, especially if you are coming by car.

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Suddeutsche Zeitung Press Tour

Suddeutsche Zeitung Press Tour

A the end of June 2012, the Tanabe CityKumano Tourism Bureau hosted a press tour for the Suddeutsche Zeitung, a Newspaper based out of Munich, Germany. 
The focus of the article is spiritual destinations of the world.
Sites visited sited included Takijiri-oji along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and the Kumano Sanzan grand shrines:Kumano Hongu Taisha,Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Kumano NachiTaisha.  A short walk was included along the section from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha.  The historic Yunomine Onsen and natural wonder, and Ryujin Onsen were two of the hot springs visited.
Thank you very much for visiting us and we hope that you had an enjoyable and productive visit. 

Hotel Laforet Nanki-Shirahama has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Laforet Nanki-Shirahama has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hotel Laforet Nanki-Shirahama is part of the nation-wide Laforet Hotels and Resorts Group operated by Mori Kanko Trust in accordance with their philosophy of being a life design support company that provides comfortable spaces and pleasant services.  Laforet is a membership based hotel that is also open to the public.  The Nanki-Shirahama property is located within walking distance of the expansive, white Shirarahama beach.  The spacious rooms have excellent views of either the ocean or surrounding mountains, often referred to as "Sunrise" or "Sunset" side.  The views from the top-floor hot spring bath are breathtaking.  Private baths with floor to ceiling windows lead your gaze to the ocean’s horizon in the distance.  Meals focus on the local seafood catch off of the Kii Peninsula’s rocky shores.

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Wonderful Wakayama, Tokyo Weekender

Shimogoten Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Shimogoten Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Shimogoten or "Lower Palace" is one of the original inns of Ryujin Onsen, having been constructed by the Feudal Lord of the Kishu Domain in 1639.  The present Ryokan is built around parts of the older facility, which can be viewed in the lobby.  Notice the low ceiling in these classic rooms...to prevent the use of swords!  Guestrooms look out over the Hida-gawa River. There are multiple hot spring baths filled with Ryujin Onsen’s famous silky smooth, beautifying waters: Hinoki-wood bath, rare Tatami bath and a shared gender outdoor rock bath, perched on the river bank.  For those who prefer private bathing, rooms with an ensuite rotenburo outdoor bath are a good choice.  Meals are traditional, seasonal Kaiseki cuisine made with fresh local ingredients.


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Holiday Japan TV show in Kumano

The Thai TV show called Holiday Japan features Kumano. 



Sites included in the program are KumanoHongu Taisha and Yunomine Onsen.
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Note: Holiday Japan was supported in thearea by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau in April 2012.

Kushimoto Marine Park has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kushimoto Marine Park has joined the Kumano TravelCommunity!

 The Kushimoto Marine Park was the first established marine park in Japan in July 1970, associated with the Yoshino-Kumano National Park. The Kushimoto Marine Park Center is a set of educational and sightseeing facilities focused on the marine environment in Kushimoto including an aquarium, underwater observation tower, glass-bottom boat tour, restaurant, souvenir shop, research station and diving park. The clear warm waters of the Kuroshio Current from the south washes along the coast in Kushimoto, the southernmost tip of Honshu (the main island of Japan) creating the perfect conditions for a coral reef, the most northern in the world. This rich marine environment is registered under the international Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. A visit to the Kushimoto Marine Park is an excellent chance to have a close encounter with this rare and beautiful underwater world. 

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National Geographic Channel interview with finalist Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

National Geographic Channel interviews Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow 2012 Awards finalist in the Destination Stewardship category.
The interview was taken on April 18th, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. 
Tada Noriko, the bureau's Director, and Brad Towle, the bureau's International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, were interviewed.