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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. Private outdoor Onsen is awesome. Dorm tatami beds are very private and comfortable. People working there are great, communal areas are spotless and beautiful. Best hostel I’ve ever stayed in.
Hoshi no Jikan is located in Hongu and features a garden. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Every room includes a balcony. The view of the ototii from every room is breathtaking, the house is spotless, the kitchen is fully equipped, the toiletries provided in the bathroom are very high quality, the beds are so comfortable, the bento for dinner was genuinely scrumptious, the owner (Takeshi san) is really friendly and speaks great English
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. Staying in a traditional Village and a traditional Farmhouse is a great change from visiting large cities. The Host was very helpful.
Watarase Onsen Hotel Himeyuri offers accommodations in Hongu. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Amazing outdoor private Onsen! Beautiful breakfast spread. Super friendly and helpful staff!!!
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. Wonderful location, excellent food, helpful staff, shuttle to ans from hongu. But it shows the age- it’ll be nice to renovate the rooms. Otherwise- a wow
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,... This was an amazing hotel. Great rooms, great staff, and great food. A highlight of our trip.
Ryokan Adumaya is located in Hongu. The air-conditioned rooms provide a mountain view and come with a closet and free WiFi. All rooms in the ryokan are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The food was amazing. Very nice staff. Wonderful onsen. I'd been hiking for two days at that point and it completely eliminated my aches and pains. I slept great!
Hongu is set in the beautiful mountains in Kumano kodo. Crystal clear river runs all through it. There is bus transportation, good hiking, largest Tori gate in Japan, and onsens (natural hot springs) Everyone is VERY helpful, especially when you are trying to get directions.
I loved the scenery, historical significance, ancient temples and to experience the elegance of traditional Japanese way of life. Downside is probably transportation to the Onsen. Could be an hour to two hours between each bus so you need to plan your trip out well.
Beautiful, fairly strenuous hike from Hongu to Yuomine Onsen. One night would have been enough for us in the area. After walking and staying along the Kumono Trail, the larger lodging places to stay were not as appealing to us. Hongu itself was nice. The shrines are worth a visit. Wish we made it to Nachie
Yunomine is a good base to follow several pilgrim's paths. And after tracking it is great to relax in the public baths with sulpherous water to restore your muscles. Bring your supplies if you need special items or food, the convenience store in the village has a limited assortment. A bit more choice of items is available in Hongu.
The Hongu Taisha (temple complex) is stunning. And it leads to the Kumano Kodo trail, which is forested and peaceful. We didn't have time to do an entire section of the trail (such as from Hongu to Hoshinmon), but we went an hour uphill from the Hongu Taisha and back down. At the highest point there was an incredible view of the town and river below, but to get to the viewpoint, you have to take a right onto an uphill side trail. There is a small café/restaurant across Highway 168 from the temple and a few buildings to the left. The food and prices are reasonable. Of course, the hot springs near Hongu (we went to the outdoor onsen at Kawa-yu) are a great attraction in themselves.
One of the best experiences we have had the festival is so vibrant and everyone is so welcoming and friendly. This place is one of our favourites in Japan. We will definitely be back. The walk from Hosshinmon-oji is an easy (mostly) downhill 2-3 hour walk through beautiful forests and small villages. Festival time was an added bonus that made the journey unforgettable.
8.5 Very Good 62 reviews
The loveliest, most helpful, kind woman who owned the place: she cooked me amazing meals, drew up a detailed map for me (with bus and train times!) for how to get around where I was going next, even drove me out in her little car to see some fireflies, a special summer treat. It was an unforgettable experience.
8.9 Excellent 86 reviews
The location right on the river was excellent. Because of the Typhoon in August the outside onsen is gone. The dinner was very good. The staff were so kind to pick us up at Hongu station.