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Shingu UI Hotel has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Shingu UI is a well managed hotel in central Shingu city on the south-eastern coast of the rugged Kii peninsula.  There are a variety of spacious rooms: single, twin, double, and Japanese style.  It is conveniently located about a 10 minute from the JR Shingu station. The Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kamikura-jinja are also within walking distance. Breakfast is buffet style in the restaurant.  The on-site, cozy, Izakaya pub serves local specialties and sake. Great for an evening meal and drinks. In summer there is a beer hall the roof with fantastic views of Mt. Gongen.







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Boutique Japan FAM in Kumano

On March 6~9, 2015, Wakayama Prefecture and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau hosted a FAM trip for Boutique Japan
Boutique Japan's specialty is helping travelers who believe that travel is about unique, memorable experiences – not just sightseeing or checking items off a list. As Japan specialists, they create a completely personalized experience for you, based on their in-depth Japan expertise, relationships and firsthand experience. 

The tour visited sites along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen.  Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha were visited to complete the pilgrimage circuit of the Kumano Sanzan
We are thrilled that Boutique Japan has chosen to introduce the sacred Kumano region to their valued clients.
Thank you very much for visiting us here in Wakayama.

Facilitator at Ministry of the Environment Workshop

On March 3, 2015 in Tokyo the Ministry of the Environment held a workshop on the theme of increasing international tourists to the National Parks of Japan.

The National Parks of Japan are home to some of the most impressive landscapes and culture and Japan, and we are sure that they will become vital components in Japan's tourism industry in the near future.  The goal of both development and preservation are difficult to balance, but by working together, with a variety of stakeholders, it is possible.


Brad Towle, the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, was a facilitator at the seminar, sharing knowledge and experience with other members.

Thank you for inviting us to help and support with this historic project.

Kumano Kodo featured in Conde Nast

"El Otro Camino"
Text: Rafa Perez
Photography: Patxi Uriz
Published by Conde Nast Traveler, Spanish Edicion
March 2015



CAMINO Las sendas de Kumano están a casi 11.000 kilómetros de Santiago de Compostela pero también son recorridas por peregrinos. El paisaje montañoso, con el aislamiento que conlleva, ha hecho que esta región vaya varias velocidades por debajo del resto del país. Es un Japón en las antípodas de la masificación de Shibuya, de la tecnología de Akihabara o de las lolitas de Takeshita-dori, pero en el que las tradiciones están muy vivas.