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Watarase Onsen, Hotel Himeyuri has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Watarase Onsen is a onsen facility near Kumano Hongu Taisha featuring the largest outdoor hot spring baths in western Japan.  Hotel Himeyuri is an annex building near Hotel Yamayuri.  The first floor is a large meeting room, and on the second floor are four mixed western and Japanese style rooms.  There are a diversity of communal and private baths next to Hotel Yamayuri, so guests can enjoy the Japanese bathing culture in a relaxed, personal atmosphere; perfect for couples and families!  The surrounding verdant mountains offer green vistas from every angle.  Meals are Japanese style made with fresh ingredients served in the dining room with river views.






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Watarase Onsen, Hotel Yamayuri has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Watarase Onsen is a onsen facility near Kumano Hongu Taisha featuring the largest outdoor hot spring baths in western Japan.  Hotel Yamayuri is the middle end building located on the banks of the Yomura-gawa river.  A suspension footbridge links Hotel Yamayuri to Hotel Sasayuri.  There are a diversity of communal and private baths next to Hotel Yamayuri, so guests can enjoy the Japanese bathing culture in a relaxed, personal atmosphere; perfect for couples and families!  The surrounding verdant mountains offer green vistas from every angle.  Meals are Japanese style made with fresh ingredients served in the dining room with river views.








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Kumano Kodo featured in DestinAsian

Japan’s Ancient Kumano Kodo Trail
Text & Photos: Leisa Tyler
Published by: DestinAsian
Nov, 2013


A millennium ago, in the heyday of Japan’s imperial court, nobles from Kyoto would embark on weeks-long treks to pray at the three main Shinto-Buddhist shrines of Ku- mano, a rugged swath of the Kii Peninsula in southernmost Honshu. The journey would take them over waterfall-laced mountains that in spring were awash with the blossoms of wild cherry trees, and through dark forests threaded with raging streams. Dressed in byakue, the white coat of the pilgrim, they would make offerings to the dozens of smaller subsidiary shrines, or oji, that marked the way, as well as to the trees and rocks themselves. Trekking the Kumano Kodo, as the network of trails came to be known—kodo means “old ways”—was as much a purification rite as a celebration of nature.

And people have been walking the ancient pilgrimage circuit ever since. Yet by the dawn of Japan’s modern era in the late 19th century, …

Kumano's Onsens featured in Blue Wings, Finnair in-flight magazine

Dip your toe into Japanese Onsen
Text: Daniel Allen
Published by: Blue Wings, Finnair in-flight magazine
April, 2014

THEY SAY YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST ONSEN, OR HOT SPRING.
THIS MULTIFACETED PART OF JAPANESE CULTURE MAY SEEM
INTIMIDATING WITH ITS ETIQUETTE AND TRADITIONS, BUT SIMPLY
SHEDDING ONE'S INHIBITIONS AND FOLLOWING A FEW RULES ALLOWS
FOR A HEALTHY AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE.


Yunomine Onsen is one of the article's recommended onsen!
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NOTE: In March, 2012 , the Wakayama prefecture government sponsored a press tour for Daniel Allen and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported him during his visit.

Watarase Onsen, Hotel Sasayuri has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Watarase Onsen is a large onsen facility near Kumano Hongu Taisha featuring the largest outdoor hot spring baths in western Japan.  Hotel Sasayuri is the higher end building set on the winding Yomura-gawa river.  A suspension footbridge links Hotel Sasayuri to the other areas of the resort.  There are a diversity of private baths in Hotel Sasayuri and across the river in the main public onsen area. So guests can enjoy the Japanese bathing culture in a relaxed, personal atmosphere; perfect for couples and families!  The surrounding verdant mountains offer green vistas from every angle.  Meals are Japanese style made with fresh ingredients served in the lofty dining room.






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Conde Nast Traveler visits Kumano Kodo

Two journalists researching material for an upcoming article on Kumano Kodo in the Spanish edition of Conde Nast Traveler, for over one week starting from Friday, October 10, 2014.

The press tour was supported by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and the Wakayama Tourism Federation.


The tour was focused on the Nakahechi route of the UNESCO World Heritage registered Kumano Kodo.

Yunomine Onsen, Wataze Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, and Katsuura Onsen, the major hot springs in the area were also visited.





Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to the upcoming article.

Over 74,000 visitors to Tanabe Information Center in first year

The Tanabe Information Center next to the Kii-Tanabe train station is one year old.

Over 74,000 visitors have used this new facility, 6 times more people than the old information center.

Thank you to all of those who visited, and we continue to strive to relay the most useful and relevant information to guests in a friendly and efficient manner.



Tanabe Info Center adds Santiago Exhibition

The Tanabe Information Center located next to the Kii-Tanabe station has added an exhibition about the "Tourism Partnership Cities" agreement between Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela, which was signed in May 2014.

Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela each have a long history of pilgrimage tradition with the Kumano Kodo in Tanabe and the Way of St.James in Santiago de Compostela.

There is a glass case with the original, signed agreement papers, gifts from Santiago de Compostela, and a short overview of the agreement.




When you visit the Tanabe Information Center please take a look!

Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela Joint Booth at Tourism Expo Japan 2014

The Jata Tourism EXPO Japan was held at Tokyo Big Sight from September 25~28, 2014.

It is the biggest travel event in Japan.  Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela joined forced to put together a joint booth.


It is the first time in history that the Kumano Kodo and Way of St.James shared a promotion booth at such a large event.

Everyone was thrilled with the results, and the promotion of the UNESCO World Heritage registered pilgrimage culture shared between our two destinations will benefit both sites immensely.

Thank you to all of the those guests who visited our shared booth, and especially to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

This was a great way to celebrate our "Tourism Partnership Cities" agreement signed earlier this year in May.

National World Heritage Summit in Koyasan

There was a National World Heritage Summit in Koyasan for the UNESCO World Heritage properties of Japan on Sept 29, 2014.

The focus of the summit was Japan's World Heritage Sites and Tourism, how they affect and interact with each other, both the positives and negatives.


Representatives from across Japan attended the summit.

Brad Towle from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was keynote speaker and moderator of a panel discussion at this historic event, representing the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range".


Thank you for inviting and we look forward to working more closely with other sites across Japan.