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Kumano Kodo in The Japan Times

Seeking Japan’s gods and nobles in roots, stone and moss
Text: Amy Chavez
Published by The Japan Times
Nov 26, 2014

"If you’ve had a hankering to go hiking with Shinto gods, then I recommend trying Japan’s Kumano Kodo: the Kumano Old Road. This UNESCO World Heritage site, located on the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture, offers three pilgrimage routes that take you to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano (Kumano Sanzan). Emperors and nobility traveled the Kumano Kodo from Kyoto during the Heian Period (794-1185), when Kyoto was the capital city.

The Kumano Kodo is very well-sign-posted in both English and Japanese. There are even signs to tell you when you’re going the wrong way. Other boards indicate where historical events took place, and some reference the court diary (kanbun nikki) of Fujiwara Munetada, who, as a court noble, documented religious practices of the nobility in his diary, called the “Chuyuki” (1109).


The pilgrimage was eventually adopted by commoners and became …

Kurhaus Shirahama has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kurhaus Shirahama is a well located accommodation within walking distance of the Shirarahama beach in Shirahama Onsen.  The modern, simple design of the interior was produced by a female architect making for a relaxed atmosphere. There are both spacious Japanese and Western rooms, some with ensuite outdoor baths! Health and wellness is an important concept of Kurhaus Shirahama which is reflected in the diversity of fitness facilities available. There is an indoor swimming pool, fitness area, sauna, whirlpools, steam seat, and onsen baths, all free for guests.    Meals are carefully produced by high level chefs to bring the most out of the fresh ingredients.






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Kumano Consulting in Nikko National Park

For three days from October 22~24, 2014 the Ministry of the Environment held a monitor tour in Nikko National Park, which is one of two areas to be re-evaluated for international visitors.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was a member of this tour, giving feedback and consultation based on our experiences in Kumano.





Thank you very much for inviting us to be members of this trip.


Experience Beautiful Umi-giri Sea Fog in Kumano

In Kushimoto, the rocky Arafune coastline is famous for its Umi-giri sea fog drawing photographers from around the country.
This beautiful natural phenomenon is best seen at sunrise during the winter months.  This calm, and mysterious phenomenon has just started this year.

The best place to view this is near the Arafune Resort.   Book your stay now with Kumano Travel to experience this breathtaking natural phenomenon.

Kumano Kodo in The Australian

The accidental pilgrims in Japan
Text: Stella Martin
Published by The Australian
Nov 8, 2014


IF Australia is painted in broad brushstrokes, Japan is an elaborately stitched embroidery. Most travellers focus on the wonders of Kyoto and Nara and it is easy to overlook the nearby Kii Peninsula, a mountainous area threaded with ancient pilgrimage trails and dotted with temples.

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