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Kumano Kodo featured in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a Newspaper in Zürich, Switzerland.

Kumano Kodo featured in Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Newspaper in Zürich, Switzerland.
"Auf steinigen Pfaden zu uralten Schreinen,
Pilgern in den Bergen derjapanischenHalbinsel Kii" Text: Claudia Hager Photo: Daniel Hager Published by: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Switzerland. Dec 28, 2012
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NOTE: Claudia and Daniel Hager walked the Kumano Kodo self-guided with the information from the Tanabe City KumanoTourism Bureau and reservations via the Community Reservation SystemKumano Travel.  For anybody wishing to walk the Kumano Kodo self-guided, please feel free to contact us for information.

Hotel Sanrakuso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Sanrakuso has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hotel Sanrakuso is a well located beachside hotel in Shirahama Onsen.  The name "Sanraku三楽" refers to the three pleasures of a stay here: Onsen hot spring baths, delicious cuisine, and beautiful scenery.  Shirahama Onsen is one of the oldest mineral springs in Japan. Hotel Sanrakuso features shared public baths and guestrooms with ensuite outdoor baths with these historical waters.  The popular balcony baths are in the top floor (9th) rooms with excellent views of the white crescent shaped Shirarahama beach and Pacific Ocean beyond.  Meals are based on local seafood and the morning buffet breakfast is one of the best in the area, with over 30 dishes of both Japanese and Western food.  Hotel Sanrakuso is a family friendly accommodation with facilities and amenities for children.
Hotel Sanrakuso reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

Hotel Hanatemari has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Hanatemari has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hotel Hanatemari is a business style hotel and annex of Hotel Sanrakuso.  There are western rooms for single use and Japanese rooms for 2~4 people, all with views towards the ocean and Shirarahama beach.  Guests staying at this simple and economical hotel have access to the facilities of Hotel Sanrakuso (such as hot spring baths, relaxation services, etc.) which is connected via a covered walkway.  For plans including meals (other than the free continental breakfast) they are served in the dining room of Hotel Sanrakuso.

New Years Light-up Information

New Years Light-up Information


Kumano Nachi Taisha and Seiganto-ji in Nachisan will illuminate Nachi-no-Otaki, the tallest waterfall in Japan, and Three-tier Pagoda from sunset on Dec 31, 2012 to sunrise on Jan 1, 2013.
A New Years light-up will also held in KumanoHongu Taisha where they will illuminate the Otorii in Oyunohara, the largest shrine gate in the world.

Unique Japan Tours agent FAM trip in Kumano

Unique Japan Tours agent FAM trip in Kumano


From December 17 to 19 the Tanabe CityKumano Tourism Bureau held a FAM trip for Unique Japan Tours, experts in real Japan travel. The company is based in Ireland. 
The tour visited sites along the KumanoKodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha and natural wonder KawayuOnsen. Yunomine Onsen also seemed like a great fit for their clients, who are looking for unique destinations and experiences in Japan. 
The Kumano Nachi Taisha was visited before a lunch of fresh seafood in Katsuura to end the trip.
We look forward to hosting many guests from Unique Japan Tours to our special region of Japan.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us.

New Shinto Shrines Guide Book

New Shinto Shrines Guide Book

Shinto Shrines: A Guide to the SacredSites of Japan's Ancient Religion
Text: Joseph Cali, John Dougill
Published by University of Hawai’i Press
November, 2012


Kumano Hongu Taisha (one of the Kumano Sanzan) was chosen as the cover picture for this detailed guide book, the first in Japan focusing on major Shinto sites in Japan.

BACK TO BASICS, ACCJ Journal features Kumano

BACK TO BASICS, ACCJ Journal features Kumano

"BACK TO BASICS, The shape of tourism to come " Text: Jonathan DeHart Published by The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan Journal (ACCJ Journal) December, 2012

On the southern tip of the rugged Kii Peninsula, about 100km south of Osaka, all roads lead to the sacred region of Kumano.
Winding through the Kii Mountains – a dramatic landscape dotted with rivers and waterfalls cascading on gnarled rocks – the Kumano Kodo has been a pilgrimage route for followers of a syncretistic Buddhist-Shinto mix for more than 1,000 years.
Fervent pilgrims once endured painstaking religious rites of worship and purification as they trudged along the rocky path, at the heart of a region said to be where Japan’s first legendary emperor Jimmu unified the nation.
And if the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau realizes its ambitious vision today, the trail will soon be known to pilgrims of every creed. “Community-based, grassroots, sustainable: these are the wo…

Nachi-no-Dengaku registered as UNESCO World Intangible Heritage

Nachi-no-Dengaku registered as UNESCO World Intangible Heritage


Nachi-no-Dengaku was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 3 to 7 December 2012.

"Nachi-no-Dengaku is a Japanese folk performing art with a deep connection to Kumano Sanzan, a sacred site in Nachisanku. It is performed on a stage inside Kumano Nachi Shrine during the annual Nachi Fire Festival, celebrated on 14 July. It is a key component of the festival and takes the form of ritual dancing to flute music and drums for an abundant harvest of rice crops. Nachi-no-Dengaku is performed by one flute player, four drummers with drums tied around their waists, four players of Binzasara, a musical string instrument, and two others. Eight to ten performers dance to the music in a variety of formations. There a…

Taiwanese travel agents meeting in Shirahama Onsen

Taiwanese travel agents meeting in Shirahama Onsen


Shirarahama beach illumination, white sands promenade

Shirarahama beach illumination, white sands promenade

About 100,000 lights bulbs will light up in Shirarahama beach in Shirahama Onsen area.
The special lite-up objects, constellations and an angel gate, make a romantic atmosphere on the beach in the evening.

Dates: December 1st, 2012 to February 28th, 2013
Hours: 17:00~22:00 (From February 1th: 17:30~22:00)
Contact information: Shirahama Tourism Association / tel no. 0739-43-5511

About Shirahama Onsen >> Shirahama Onsen Accommodations >>

“Food Hunter, delicious food in Asia" show visits Tanabe City

“Food Hunter, delicious food in Asia" show visits Tanabe City


The Korean TV Show “Food Hunter, delicious food in Asia" featured a Tanabe City episode which was broadcasted in Korea in September, 2012.
Note: “Food Hunter, delicious food in Asia”joined a press tour supported by the Tanabe City Kumano TourismBureau on August 22, 2012.

The Thai travel magazine "Travel Around the World Magazine" featured Kumano in their latest edition.

The Thai travel magazine "Travel Around the World Magazine" featured Kumano in their latest edition.

 "WAKAYAMA, Indulge into the spirit of Japan" Published by Travel Around the World Magazine
December, 2012



Note: From November 7 to 8, Travel Aroundthe World Magazine joined a press tour supported by the Tanabe City KumanoTourism Bureau.

Sennin-buro River Bath Opens in Kawayu Onsen Dec 7

Sennin-buro River Bath Opens in KawayuOnsen Dec 7