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Kumano featured in Metropolis

"Reborn in Kumano: Refreshing body, mind and soul in Wakayama prefecture"
Text: Alena Eckelmann
Published by Metropolis
Jan 2015


"A scenic landscape, healing hot springs, ancient spiritual traditions and an air of mystery—this is Kumano, a hidden gem buried deep in the mountains of the Kii Peninsula in the southern part of Wakayama prefecture.

For over one thousand years, Kumano has attracted worshippers who walk along the ancient Kumano Kodo (Kumano Old Road) pilgrimage routes to reach the sacred sites of the Kumano Sanzan, the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano, where locals welcome seekers with a warm heart and gentle hospitality. Anyone is welcome to travel the old pilgrimage routes irrespective of religious faith or social background. This has not changed over the centuries.

Kumano has spectacular natural sights in the mountains and along the coastline. Added to these are the old charm of a Japanese countryside still largely unspoiled by urban sprawl and a plenitude of…

Hotel Sunshine has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Sunshine is one of the original business hotels in the coastal city of Shingu.  Repeat business guests make up a large percentage of customers mid-week who enjoy the laid-back atmosphere.  The reasonable price, location, and convenient amenities make it a good choice for tourists as well, including free Wifi in all rooms, free bicycle rental, free breakfast, free washing and drying machines, public sitting area, yakuza robes, free luggage storage, free parking, etc.  Nearby are friendly izakaya restaurants and a convenience store.  One floor is completely non-smoking! It is a about a 10 minute walk from the JR Shingu station or a very short taxi ride.  Hotel Sunshine welcomes visitors to use their facility as a base to explore Kumano.







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French Media Trip in Kumano

One January 22 and 23rd a freelance journalist from France visited the Kumano area.  This trip was sponsored and supported by the Nara and Wakayama Prefecture governments, and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

The trip visited sites associated with the UNESCO World Heritage Property "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" such as the Kumano Sanzan, and Tsuboyu bath in Yunomine Onsen.


It was a misty day which hung on the mountains, adding a mystic feel to these isolated spiritual centers.

Thank you for visiting and we look forward to viewing the article in the near future.

Kumano Kodo at 5th World Trails Conference

From January 15th ~17th, 2015 the 5th World Trails Conference took place in Jeju Korea.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was honored to be asked to represent the sacred Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route at the event.

We made two presentations on the subjects of "trails and community" and our "joint projects with Santiago de Compostela".

Thank you to all of the hosting committee's staff, and participants.