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Addition to UNESCO Property "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range"

In October 2016 an additional 22 sites were added to the UNESCO Property "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" included Tokei-jinja shrine in Tanabe and the Akagi-goe route near Kumano Hongu Taisha.





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Traditional Kimono Experience at Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie

Have you ever dreamed of being a member of the Japanese imperial family?

Well this is your chance!

Traditional Kimonos from ancient Japan are available for rental at Koguchi Shizen-no-Ie Lodging.

These clothes are the symbol of the Kumano Kodo because the pilgrimage began with the nobles of Kyoto during the period that these elaborate clothes were worn in the ancient imperial court. This is a fun way to spend your evening in Koguchi!



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Kumano Kodo featured in the Irish Times

"Kumano Kodo: walking Japan’s ancient Camino"
Text: Dan McLaughlin
Published by the Irish Times
Nov 12, 2016



Autumn colours, hot springs, outstanding food and Japan's tallest waterfall make this ideal trekking season in Japan

At the end of Kumano Kodo, a 1,000-year-old pilgrimage trail through the Kii mountains of Japan, travellers are urged to step inside a huge camphor tree that the centuries have hollowed out and turned into a symbol of eternal renewal.

Locals believe that climbing through this sacred, moss-furred giant will revitalise anyone wearied in body or spirit by their journey. But for even the most jaded visitors, the view that lies ahead will do just as well.

Beyond Buddhist and Shinto temples that hug this hillside together, a vermillion pagoda soars above the trees, and high over its shoulder a ribbon of white water unfurls from the forest to a rocky pool far below; when the traveller finally turns – there is the Pacific Ocean gleaming at the other end o…

Manseiro Ryokan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Manseiro Ryokan is a located on the edge of Katsuura Bay across from the tourist pier, within walking distance of the Kii-Katsuura station.  The building itself is older but the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable.  The traditional Japanese Kaiseki meals, with a focus on fresh local products, is a highlight of a stay at Manseiro.  There are both Japanese and Western style rooms.  There are hot spring baths in the facility, but guests can also take the ferry across to the neighboring Hotel Urashima and soak there for free, including the famous Bokido onsen cave bath overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

















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300 Dual Pilgrim milestone reached

Over 300 Dual Pilgrims have been registered from 34 countries across the planet!


Congratulations to our Dual Pilgrims!

A "Dual Pilgrim" is someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).

This program was developed to celebrate, honor, and share the stories of those who have completed both of these UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage routes.

More about Dual Pilgrim Program >>

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Kumano Kodo featured in the Telegraph

"10 Incredible Pilgrimages to make in your lifetime"
Text: Richard Madden
Published by the Telegraph
August 14, 2016


Guest House Kumano has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kumano Guest House is a small dorm-style lodging near the Kii-Tanabe station (less than 5 minutes walk) run by a friendly mother and son combination.  There are two Japanese style rooms on the second floor with tatami flooring and sliding doors. The first floor features a restaurant.  Guestrooms are gender segregated male and female: non-smoking with air-conditioning, TV, and small communal refrigerator. There is a washing machine and balcony to hang clothes to dry.  Friendly, convenient, reasonable.












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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…

Minamino Fields Fudozaka Cottage has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minamino Fields Fudozaka is a tiny wooden cottage in the upper reaches of Irokawa settlement about 25 minutes drive inland from Kii-Katsuura station.  There are terraced fields below and a magnificent panoramic view of waves of mountains with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.  Mr. Ura, the owner, is a retired civil servant and uses this cottage as a base for his organic blueberry jam business.  The cottage has a main room (with irori hearth), one bed room, a small wooden bath, western toilet, and large balcony. Mr. Ura would like to welcome international visitors to experience this special place in Kumano.


















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