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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 stiff body, 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 Japanese are masters in the art of bathing, I feel it's wise to obey, so I take a quick shower, slip on the cotton yukata robe in my room, and head for the dining lounge.

I have come to Kumano Kodo to try relaxation therapy ancient-style. For more than 1,000 years, people have journeyed to this sacred mountainous region to seek spiritual and physical rejuvenation through visiting temples, walking forested paths, and bathing in natural hot springs.

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NOTE: Carla Avolio has walked the Kumano Kodo self-guided a few times with the information from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and reservations via the Community Reservation System Kumano Travel. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's International Tourism Promotion and Development Director Brad Towle was also interviewed by her for this article.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…