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Asariya Guest House has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Asariya Guest House is a lovely traditional Japanese home in a quiet residential area near the Ogigahama beach in Tanabe City.  The house was built in the mid-1930 by the progressive Asari family after returning from working in the United States.  The western influence can be seen in the sitting area near the entrance.  It was left vacant for a time until the visionary and passionate Ms. Kawafuji transformed the vintage home into a multi-purpose community development mini-venture.  During the day the house is a share-shop with different people using the space. In the evenings (after 16:00) it transforms into a guesthouse with private use for one booking a day.  Guests staying overnight therefore need to clear the main area of the house from 10:00 to 16:00, but there is a small room where guests staying multi-nights can store their things.  Note: the share shop staff use the main entrance to access the kitchen from 8:00 to prepare for their work day, but do not enter the living area of the house until later in the day.

















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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…