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J-Hoppers Kumano Yunomine Guest house is located in Hongu, a 10-minute drive away or a 70-minute walk on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route from Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine. The sleeping cabins are spacious and well laid out, you can easily bring your bag in with you. The onsens are wonderful, there are 3 (two indoor, one outdoor) and all are private and open all hours so you can go in as you please to whichever is free (the hostel was booked full when I was there and there was never a line to use them). The facilities are excellent for a hostel, well equipped kitchen, nice eating area, helpful staff. Really a great value for the area and amenities.
Set in Hongu, 8.7 mi from Hosshinmon Oji Shrine, Ryokan Adumaya offers accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking. Located directly opposite Yunomine Onsen, a world heritage site. The hotel building was beautiful, the evening meal was traditional Japanese (and very lovely), and the hotel had its own onsen, as well as being super close to Yunomine. The staff went out of their way to be as helpful as possible. Also, try their plum wine, it is stunning!
Located in lush nature, Ashita-no-Mori features hot spring baths, a Western restaurant and comfortable rooms boasting river views and sofas. I love everything about this hotel, the owner is so helpful and the place is so clean. We enjoyed both river onsen and indoor onsen. We will definitely be back!
Boasting various hot spring baths and river views, Kawayu Onsen Fujiya is historic accommodations located near the Kumano pilgrimage route. Sophisticated Japanese multi-course meals are served. Nice room with indoor hot spring. Enjoy together with middle night stars. Comfortable, cozy and romantic.
Offering tranquil outdoor hot-spring baths with nature views, a Nakai-san personal attendant, karaoke, massages and sumptuous Kaiseki dinners, Yunominesou is a 10-minute walk from Tsuboyu hot spring,... The service was excellent. The staff went well beyond what can be expected to help us after we missed our bus.
Guest house Okagesan is a holiday home located in Hongu, Wakayama. There are 2 Japanese-style rooms, a living room, kitchen, bathroom and toilet in the property. It’s a beautiful truadional style Japanese house, one of well kept rare one. Located in a tiny village, beautiful valley that off track for everything, which is nice when I looked for a quite unique place in countryside Japan. It’s amazing place, and Manabu is a warm hearted person who very helpful and super nice. Yes like other review said the riceball snack shown up in the morning was a nice touch and his Yakitori very tasty.
Watarase Onsen Hotel Yamayuri is located in Hongu, 25 mi from Shirahama. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room at this ryokan is air conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Even though it might look expensive, this half-board hotel was very good value for money. Both dinner and breakfast were amazing multi-course meals of very high standard. The staff was very attentive and answered everyone's question's patiently. The rooms were of high standard and very comfortable. You could choose between Onsen options. Tattoos are OK in this establishment.
Sansuikan Kawayu Matsuya is located just a 2-minute walk away from Kawayu Onsen bus stop. Staff is exceptionally friendly Great location on the river with a smell of cypress in the air You get to use the onsen/rotemburo of the neighbouring hotel and you are treated as one of their guest They have a free shuttle to start your hike early morning from Hongu Taisha Bus stop to Kii-Tanabe and Shingu is 50 meter away from the hotel, you can do one-day hikes along the Kumano Kodo and come back to relax in their onsen in the evening
There's so much beauty and serenity in visiting this area. It was relatively quiet during the early winter season but perfect hiking conditions. Food / meal areas were a little sparse and not as exciting but invigorating to experience the pilgramage walk.
It's the heart of the Kumano Kodo. There are numerous beautiful trails and trains in the area. The mountains and rivers surrounding it are fantastic. I have lived in Japan for 35 years and find this one of the nicer areas to experience beautiful Japanese Fall.
This is a beautiful part of Japan. We lived in Japan but had never been to this area. Full of walkers. We are not walkers but easily did a full day on the Kuman Kodo. We easily moved around by bus . They are not frequent so pay attention to the timetable Wonderful onsen baths. Lovely walks Koyasan was revelation and we regretted not staying longer We cancelled Taiji when we realised that is where they capture and slaughter dolphins
We arrived in Kuwaya Onsen from Tanabe early in the afternoon so had time to rest and visit the river. The next day we walked the Kumano Kodo trail from Ukegawa to Koguchi (13km, ca 4-5 hrs). A very beautif hike with a few climbs. Plan your trip well as there a few busses from/to Ukegawa and Koguchi. Make sure to bring enough water and a lunch as you cannot buy it on the way. Wonderful experience!
Fascinating, I had not intended to spend four days in one location when I came here. The temples are magnificent and the cultural heritage centre kept me reading for some time. A beautiful walk up the hill to an Onsen where I enjoyed the medicine bath, and caught the bus back to my Onsen. I hired a car in Shingu and travelled the coast road to the light house and the pearl diving museum and back up to Kii Tenabe and back to my Onsen. Wonderful coffee at the cafe Sei in Hongu. Enjoyed their gallery upstairs, and the glass and pottery shop. And did I mention the coffee.
The very kind and lovely man at the visitors center was very helpful and spoke beautiful English. The visitors center it’s self was really very good. The location be the river was just delightful. The walk through the forest along the trail was fabulous with plenty of toilets to use along the way.