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Konyamachiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Konyamachiya has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Konyamachiya is a restored Machiya townhouse near the mouth of the Aizu-gawa river in a local neighborhood of the rural Tanabe City.  The two story wooden house is lovingly renovated, preserving the original atmosphere of the building, yet furnished with modern comforts.  The dark browns of the rough, original beams are a distinctive feature of the interior.  Staying at Konyamachiya offers a private, relaxed, and authentic experience in a traditional Japanese house.  This project is part of a cultural rejuvenation movement supported by a diversity of local associations and stakeholders. 

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Kumano Kodo Ancient Therapy, Jetstar asia magazine featured Kumano

Kumano Kodo Ancient Therapy, Jetstar asia magazine featured Kumano

"Kumano Kodo Ancient Therapy
In the mystical lands of Japan's KumanoKodo lies a time-tested path to rejuvenation"
Text: Carla Avolio
Published by Jetstar asia magazine
December, 2012



My quest for rejuvenation has had a shaky start. Only hours into my getaway in peaceful Kumano Kodo on Japan's Kii Peninsula, I feel cold and far from relaxed. The three-hour journey from Osaka was delightful, but I'm caught in a torrential downpour waiting for the last bus, leaving me soaked.

For my stiffbody, the good news is that I've just arrived in Yunomine, a mountain village with a World Heritage-listed natural hot spring that has been used as a site of healing for a staggering 1,800 years.

Eager for a soak in the town's famous bath, I head straight for my minshuku, or Japanese inn, to drop my bags. The matriarch makes her own assessment. "First dinner, then bath," she tells me firmly. Knowing the Jap…

Highlighting Japan features the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

Highlighting Japan features the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

"Kumano Kodo: A Cultural Landscape" Published by Highlighting JAPAN January, 2013

Highlighting Japan is the official magazine of the Government of Japan, Public Relations Office.  The online magazine Highlighting JAPAN is published once a month by the Japanese Government to help readers better understand Japan today.
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Note: The Tanabe City Kumano TourismBureau's International Tourism Promotion and Development Director Brad Towle was interviewed by Highlighting JAPAN for this article.



Get Lost magazine features the Kumano Kodo

Get Lost magazine features the KumanoKodo

"Awakening the Waterfall"
Text: Aaron Millar
Published by: Get Lost Magazine
Issue #35, Jan 2013


CNN Travel, Kawayu Onsen, Can't miss onsen experience

CNN Travel, Kawayu Onsen, Can't miss onsen experience

"Healing waters: The Japanese onsenexperience"
Soaking up one of Japan's best-loved traditions is a tonic for both mind and body
Text: C. James Dale
Published by CNN Travel
December 21, 2012


Kawayu Onsen is one of Japan's top onsen "Can't-miss experiences"!

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Wellbeing in the wild: the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, Positive News features Kumano

Wellbeing in the wild: the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, Positive News features Kumano

"Wellbeing in the wild: the KumanoKodo pilgrimage" Text & Photo: Aaron Millar
Published by Positive News
January 3rd, 2013


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Kumano Hongu Heritage Center - Re-opened

Kumano Hongu Heritage Center - Re-opened


The Kumano Hongu Heritage Center is now open after repairs from damage by a typhoon in September 2011.  It is located in front of the Kumano Hongu Taisha (Grand Shrine), the geographical and spiritual center of the sacred Kii Mountain Range. This modern facility is the focal point for information and educational exchange in the UNESCO World Heritage property "Sacred Sitesand Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". Please visit our Heritage Center to learn more about Kumano's cultural landscape.
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