Official Community Reservation System

Kumano is a spiritual region of Japan located in the southern reaches of the mountainous Kii Peninsula blessed with a rich pilgrimage tradition, isolated hot springs, and welcoming countryside hospitality.

KUMANO TRAVEL is a local, community-based initiative, created to provide quality information, services, and products so visitors can fully experience all this area has to offer.

Each request is processed personally by our passionate staff. Reservations are done in a two-step process and need to be made at least 10 days in advance: 1. Make Reservation Request 2. Pay to Finalize Booking.

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 Nov/07/2022
Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide Budget Resumes:
KUMANO TRAVEL Once More Able to Receive Requests
 
The Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide, part of the nationwide travel assistance program, resumes as of Saturday, November 5, 2022.  The original budget for Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide had been reached and was temporarily suspended.
 
※ Travel bookings during the suspended period (October 25 and November 4, 2022) will not be eligible for this renewed campaign.

For updated information:
Wakayama Refresh Plan S Wide on the KUMANO TRAVEL Community Reservation System.
 Oct/20/2022
Processing Times

We are currently experiencing a large volume of reservations.  This is very exciting for our community to host international guests again, but with the sudden and strong interest to walk the sacred Kumano Kodo our local systems are strained, therefore processing times are taking longer than normal.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this recovery period.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
 Oct/19/2022
Re-booking Required for Once-Cancelled Reservations

For guests who had to cancel their accommodation and services because of Covid-19, please understand that making new requests is necessary.

Canceled reservations were released in the system, and there is no automated re-request function.

Re-booking Cancelled Reservations information.
 Sep/30/2022
New Japan Travel Regulations from Oct 11, 2022

From October 11, 2022, Japan is re-opening with visa-free (for designated countries) unlimited number of international tourist.  It is very important that you review the most current information before your travels, both your country of departure and that of Japan.  We are not responsible for cancellations that are caused by guests that did not (or do not qualify) for entry into Japan in regards to Covid-19 boarder restrictions.

JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization):
COVID-19- Practical Information for Traveling to Japan
https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan:
Information about entering to Japan
https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/fna/page4e_001053.html

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
COVID-19: Current Japanese Border Measures
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/bordercontrol.html
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KUMANO KODO

Pilgrimage to Japan’s Spiritual Origins

For over 1000 years people from all levels of society, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the arduous pilgrimage to the sacred sites in Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretched across the mountainous Kii Peninsula.

The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and purification. Walking the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Japan's spiritual countryside.

  • Kawayu Onsen

    Kawayu Onsen is a geological thermal wonder where hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the crystal clear Oto-gawa river. Holes in the river bank fill with thermal waters to create personalized baths. In winter months the “Sennin-buro” transforms the river into a giant outdoor bath.

  • Yunomine Onsen

    Yunomine Onsen is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley deep in the heart of the sacred mountains of Kumano, one of the oldest onsen in Japan. It is an integral part of the Kumano pilgrimage tradition where hot water purification rituals were performed in preparation to worship at Kumano Hongu Taisha.

  • Ryujin Onsen

    Ryujin Onsen is a hidden, historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous heart of the Kii Peninsula, famous for its beautifying mineral waters. In medieval times, it was a resort area for the Tokugawa ruling family of the Kii-shu domain, their castle being in Wakayama City.

  • Wataze Onsen

    Watarase Onsen is a beautiful hot spring featuring the largest Rotenburo open-air hot spring bath in all of western Japan. Popular with guests are the private baths, excellent for couples and families. Watching the moon rise over the mountains as you soak in this gorgeous setting is an unforgettable experience.

  • Katsuura Onsen

    Katsuura Onsen is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The coastline is rocky and dramatic, the hot spring waters soothing, and the seafood world-class!

  • Koyasan

    Koyasan is an esoteric Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Wakayama. This religious retreat was founded in the 9th century by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s great religious leaders. Staying in a temple and experiencing the sacred ground of the expansive Okunoin cemetery are popular highlights.

  • Shirahama Onsen

    Shirahama Onsen is a developed sea-side resort located on the west coast of the Kii Peninsula. Rocky shoreline features, expansive white sand beach, hot spring baths, museums, and Adventure World zoo theme park are some of the main attractions.

  • Kawayu Onsen

    Kawayu Onsen is a geological thermal wonder where hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the crystal clear Oto-gawa river. Holes in the river bank fill with thermal waters to create personalized baths. In winter months the “Sennin-buro” transforms the river into a giant outdoor bath.

  • Yunomine Onsen

    Yunomine Onsen is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley deep in the heart of the sacred mountains of Kumano, one of the oldest onsen in Japan. It is an integral part of the Kumano pilgrimage tradition where hot water purification rituals were performed in preparation to worship at Kumano Hongu Taisha.

  • Ryujin Onsen

    Ryujin Onsen is a hidden, historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous heart of the Kii Peninsula, famous for its beautifying mineral waters. In medieval times, it was a resort area for the Tokugawa ruling family of the Kii-shu domain, their castle being in Wakayama City.

  • Wataze Onsen

    Watarase Onsen is a beautiful hot spring featuring the largest Rotenburo open-air hot spring bath in all of western Japan. Popular with guests are the private baths, excellent for couples and families. Watching the moon rise over the mountains as you soak in this gorgeous setting is an unforgettable experience.

  • Katsuura Onsen

    Katsuura Onsen is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The coastline is rocky and dramatic, the hot spring waters soothing, and the seafood world-class!

  • Koyasan

    Koyasan is an esoteric Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Wakayama. This religious retreat was founded in the 9th century by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s great religious leaders. Staying in a temple and experiencing the sacred ground of the expansive Okunoin cemetery are popular highlights.

  • Shirahama Onsen

    Shirahama Onsen is a developed sea-side resort located on the west coast of the Kii Peninsula. Rocky shoreline features, expansive white sand beach, hot spring baths, museums, and Adventure World zoo theme park are some of the main attractions.

  • Kawayu Onsen

    Kawayu Onsen is a geological thermal wonder where hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the crystal clear Oto-gawa river. Holes in the river bank fill with thermal waters to create personalized baths. In winter months the “Sennin-buro” transforms the river into a giant outdoor bath.

  • Yunomine Onsen

    Yunomine Onsen is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley deep in the heart of the sacred mountains of Kumano, one of the oldest onsen in Japan. It is an integral part of the Kumano pilgrimage tradition where hot water purification rituals were performed in preparation to worship at Kumano Hongu Taisha.

  • Ryujin Onsen

    Ryujin Onsen is a hidden, historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous heart of the Kii Peninsula, famous for its beautifying mineral waters. In medieval times, it was a resort area for the Tokugawa ruling family of the Kii-shu domain, their castle being in Wakayama City.

  • Wataze Onsen

    Watarase Onsen is a beautiful hot spring featuring the largest Rotenburo open-air hot spring bath in all of western Japan. Popular with guests are the private baths, excellent for couples and families. Watching the moon rise over the mountains as you soak in this gorgeous setting is an unforgettable experience.

  • Katsuura Onsen

    Katsuura Onsen is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The coastline is rocky and dramatic, the hot spring waters soothing, and the seafood world-class!

  • Koyasan

    Koyasan is an esoteric Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Wakayama. This religious retreat was founded in the 9th century by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s great religious leaders. Staying in a temple and experiencing the sacred ground of the expansive Okunoin cemetery are popular highlights.

  • Shirahama Onsen

    Shirahama Onsen is a developed sea-side resort located on the west coast of the Kii Peninsula. Rocky shoreline features, expansive white sand beach, hot spring baths, museums, and Adventure World zoo theme park are some of the main attractions.

  • Kawayu Onsen

    Kawayu Onsen is a geological thermal wonder where hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the crystal clear Oto-gawa river. Holes in the river bank fill with thermal waters to create personalized baths. In winter months the “Sennin-buro” transforms the river into a giant outdoor bath.

  • Yunomine Onsen

    Yunomine Onsen is a quaint little collection of inns tucked into a small valley deep in the heart of the sacred mountains of Kumano, one of the oldest onsen in Japan. It is an integral part of the Kumano pilgrimage tradition where hot water purification rituals were performed in preparation to worship at Kumano Hongu Taisha.

  • Ryujin Onsen

    Ryujin Onsen is a hidden, historical hot spring settlement situated in the mountainous heart of the Kii Peninsula, famous for its beautifying mineral waters. In medieval times, it was a resort area for the Tokugawa ruling family of the Kii-shu domain, their castle being in Wakayama City.

  • Wataze Onsen

    Watarase Onsen is a beautiful hot spring featuring the largest Rotenburo open-air hot spring bath in all of western Japan. Popular with guests are the private baths, excellent for couples and families. Watching the moon rise over the mountains as you soak in this gorgeous setting is an unforgettable experience.

  • Katsuura Onsen

    Katsuura Onsen is located on the southeast coast of the Kii Peninsula. It is in essence a fishing port turned hot spring resort. The coastline is rocky and dramatic, the hot spring waters soothing, and the seafood world-class!

  • Koyasan

    Koyasan is an esoteric Buddhist monastery in the mountains of northern Wakayama. This religious retreat was founded in the 9th century by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan’s great religious leaders. Staying in a temple and experiencing the sacred ground of the expansive Okunoin cemetery are popular highlights.

  • Shirahama Onsen

    Shirahama Onsen is a developed sea-side resort located on the west coast of the Kii Peninsula. Rocky shoreline features, expansive white sand beach, hot spring baths, museums, and Adventure World zoo theme park are some of the main attractions.

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Why KUMANO TRAVEL

KUMANO TRAVEL is the official community reservation system for the region, an international award-winning new model of grassroots tourism development. By making reservations locally with KUMANO TRAVEL you are directly supporting our community. Thank you!

More reasons to book local: Quality Personal Service, Intimate Knowledge, Locally Owned & Operated, Travelers’ Safety Net, Responsible & Sustainable, Freedom to Discover, Secure Booking, Onsite Travel Support Center…

How to Book


Reservations are made in a two-step process: 1. Make Reservation Request 2. Pay to Finalize Booking. Select your desired accommodation, tour & activity, or travel service to add to your shopping cart. Once you have added all of your products and services make a reservation request. When the reservation is processed, full payment is made to confirm the booking.

Model Itineraries are sample travel plans to help you organize your trip. You can use them as they are or adjust them to your needs. It is a simplified way to add products and services to your shopping cart. The ultimate tool to personalizing your journey to Kumano!