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Minshuku Mandokoro has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Mandokoro has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Mandokoro is an old farm house in the small, isolated collection of houses called Miura-guchi surrounded by the steep mountains of Totsukawa-mura, Nara Prefecture.  The main section of the house and distinctive large wooden gate in front of the house, are designated as Tangible Cultural Assets by the Nara government.  Terraced rice fields are located nearby as well as an old school house.  It is well positioned for hikers on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, Kohechi section, with Miura-toge pass to the south and the Obako-toge pass to the north.

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Minshuku Kawarabiso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Kawarabi-so has joined the Kumano Travel community!

The welcoming Minshuku Kawarabiso is located on its own on the banks of the beautiful Kawarabi-gawa river, which it draws its name from. It is a family run business so you may the whole family helping at times.  It also serves at the local restaurant.  This facility used to be a fish farm for Amago, the red-spotted masu salmon, a highly prized delicacy.  This fish is endemic to Japan and only lives in the cleanest rivers. You can still see the large cement cisterns nearby.  Meals often feature Amago and other wild meats. Minshuku Kawarabiso is a 20 minute walk, or short drive, from the trailhead of the Kumano Kodo, Kohechi section; Obakotoge-pass to the south and Koyasan to the north.  Please relax and enjoy the down-to-earth mountain hospitality.

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CNN Travel: 10 things that make Wakayama Japan's best kept secret

CNN Travel: 10 things that make Wakayama Japan's best kept secret

10 things that make Wakayama Japan's best kept secret 
"Hot springs galore, top notch ramen and tuna-cutting lessons are highlights of this southern slice of Honshu"
Text: Hiufu Wong
Published by CNN Travel
June 7, 2013

"Wakayama? Wakawhat? Wakawhere?"

Overshadowed by the neighboring city of Osaka, this humble Japanese prefecture is home to arguably Japan's most delicious ramen, a 1,700-year-old fire festival and a giant open-air bath fed by a hot spring.

You'll find much of what you need for the complete Japanese experience on this little crescent of land on the southern coast of the country's largest island, Honshu.

Here are 10 ways to begin to get to know this little Japanese secret.

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Kumano Kodo featured in the Independent

Kumano Kodo featured in the Independent

“Natural highs” News print title
"Japan: Discover hiking Nirvana on Kii's path to enlightenment" Online title
Text by: Aaron Millar
Published by: The Independent 
June 2, 2013
Profile: The Independent Traveller supplement is published with the Saturday edition of The Independent. It contains features on a diverse range of travel destinations along with classified ads for travel deals.

"Ryoei Takagi is a 62-year-old Buddhist monk. Every January he climbs the steep snowy slopes near his home in the Kii Mountains of Japan to meditate under the 48 sacred waterfalls that flow into the Nachi Otaki: one of the tallest waterfalls in the country, revered in folk legend as a living god. Despite the icy conditions he is able to remain submerged in the near freezing flow for 45 minutes at a time. "This training has granted me supernatural powers," he says, leaning in to whisper in my ear. "I can see people's heart inside.&quo…