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Hogetsu Rental Car has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hogetsu Rental Car has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hogetsu Rental Car is based in Hongu, near the World Heritage Kumano Hongu Taisha.  The nickname for this rental company is "Yatanosuke Yatahime" the names of the mascot characters, three-legged crows (the symbol of Kumano) dressed in Heian period costumes.  Having a car allows for freedom to see the sights in the area. You can pick-up and drop-off in Hongu or pick-up and then drop off in Kumanogawa or Shingu.

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WTTC Case Study of Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

WTTC Case Study of Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was a Finalist for the 2012 World Travel & Tourism Council's Tourism for Tomorrow in the Destination Stewardship Category.  Below is a case study of the TCKTB prepared by a global tourism expert on sustainable tourism.

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The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau (TCKTB) works to develop and promote Japan’s spiritual heartland – the ancient region of Kumano, located on the eastern coast of Japan in Wakayama Prefecture.
Believed to be the “Land of the Dead” in Japanese mythology, this sacred place links the physical world to the spiritual realm, and boasts three of Japan’s most important religious shrines, as well as medicinal hot springs, with beautiful natural and cultural landscapes.
The area has been welcoming Japanese pilgrims, who walk the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in search of healing and spiritual salvation, for centuries.
Since most international tour itinerar…

Mitaki Sanso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Mitaki Sanso has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Mitaki Sanso has the privilege of being the only accommodation on Nachisan, located just below the Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji Temple. "Mitaki 美滝" means "beautiful waterfall", and "Sanso 山荘" can be translated as "mountain villa, mountain retreat, or mountain cottage", is an appropriate name for this lodging in the mountains with beautiful views of the Nachi waterfall, at 133 meters, the tallest in Japan and worship as a deity.  The owner is also the chef and uses local produce in dishes.  It is a convenient base for walkers on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route who are starting or finishing the Ogumotori-goe section. Being located on Nachisan has lent a sort of religious feel to this accommodation, as it often hosts pilgrims to the area.  Please familiar yourself with Japanese etiquette before you arrive. And also be sure to check-in by 18:00 at the latest.

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The Kumano Kodo featured on Pittwater online news

The Kumano Kodo by Paul Wheeler, Pittwater online news

"The Kumano Kodo" Text: Paul Wheeler Published by: Pittwater online news July, 2012

Note: Mr. Paul Wheeler traveled Kumano from November 21th to 25th. He walked the Nakahechi route on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. He wrote about his private journey along the Kumano Kodo in his local online newspaper.

Koyasan and Hongu ( Yunomine & Kawayu ) Access- New page online now

Koyasan and Hongu ( Yunomine & Kawayu ) Access- New page online now


Koyasanand the Hongu area (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen)are both located in a mountain environment. There is no direct train /bus or bus routes connecting the two.
Visiting these two sacred sites is an excellent off-the-beaten-path trip in Japan.
Possible routes:

By bus via Ryujin Onsen and Tanabe
By train & bus via Wakayama Cityand Tanabe
By train & bus via Gojo
By chartered taxi
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How to Take a Japanese Bath – New page online now

How to Take a Japanese Bath – New page online now


Enjoying a Japanese bath is an unique cultural experience. For first timers it may be a little intimidating, but once you get used to it, the Japanese bath often becomes an addiction; relaxing, healing, and regenerating its followers.

Below is a general outline of the layout of a sample bath (either hot spring or not), a simple how to bathe guide, and some tips. Learning a few pointers will help you navigate the watery world of the Japanese bath smoothly.
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Takahara – New page online now

Takahara – New page online now


Takahara is a small ridge-top settlement (elevation: ~300 m) overlooking the Hatenashi mountain range and is rich in history associated with the Kumano pilgrimage. It is a about a 2.5 hour walk uphill from Takijiri-oji on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.
The colorful Takahara Kumano-jinja is one of the oldest shrines in the region and features giant camphor trees.

Takahara is known as "Kiri-no-Sato" (Village in the Mist) because the scenic mountain vistas are often blanketed with mist. The valley below sometimes fills with fog, creating a beautiful sea of clouds.
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