Kumano Travel | Travel Support Center

Kumano Journey Gateway

The Kumano Travel shop is dedicated to supporting visitors onsite, your Kumano Journey Gateway. It is located within short walking distance from the Kii-Tanabe station and is run by bilingual English/Japanese speaking staff.

The design uses local cedar paneling and at the entrance is a wood mosaic of the sacred three-legged Yatagarasu crow, the symbol of Kumano.

There is a shop featuring local souvenirs, outdoor gear, and books. Tax free shopping is available for combined purchases of over 5000 including other stores in the area.

  • Location: Less than one minute walk from JR Kii-Tanabe station.
  • Hours: 9:00~18:00 year round
  • Address: 14-6 Minato, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 646-0031, JAPAN

Travel Desk | Onsite Reservations

Onsite reservations can be made at the Travel Desk by bilingual English and Japanese staff.

As accommodations are limited along the trail, pre-booking online with the Kumano Travel community reservation system is recommended.

Kumano Travel Official Community Reservation System >>

Please note that onsite reservations can take time and are not guaranteed.

It is best to do some research before you arrive to facility smooth bookings at the Travel Desk.

Thank you for your understanding.


There is a selection of accommodations in the Kumano area.

Please view the options to have an idea of your preferences before visiting the Travel Desk, as this can speed up the reservation process.

Accommodation List >>

Tours & Activities

Why not join a tour or activity during your travels?

Tour and activity reservations are available at the Travel Desk.

Water activities such as traditional boat tours and log-rafting are especially popular in summer.

Tour & Activity List >>

Luggage Storage

Travelling in the area for a few days and need to store your excess luggage?

If yes, then this service is a great option.

There is no limit to the number of pieces or the length of storage. Prior reservations are not necessary.

Price: 500 yen per piece per day

NOTE: Remember that shop hours are 9:00~18:00. Drop-off and pick-up are only available during this time.

Luggage Storage

Need to ship some of your luggage to your next destination last minute?

This service is very popular with trekkers and pilgrims on the Kumano Kodo. It is a great service to lighten your load while visiting the area.

Delivery is only available to accommodations along the Kumano Kodo route.

If you require luggage shuttle service on the same day to the Takijiri, Takahara, Chikatsuyu, Nonaka and Hongu area then the cut-off time is 12:30 to drop-off your luggage at the Kumano Travel shop.

Multiday luggage shuttle service is available.

To make your trip smoother we highly recommend that you pre-book luggage shuttle service before-hand.

Price: Depends on section and company.

NOTE: Luggage shuttle is only deliverable to accommodations with confirmed reservations.

Luggage Shuttle Service Overview >>

Itinerary Support

The Kumano area is large and diverse. Let our local, friendly staff support you to organize a visit that suits your needs.

Often it is helpful to do some research before visiting the travel desk which can speed up the process.

Itinerary Ideas>>


Local Souvenirs

The shop section of the Travel Support Center is in the front area and features souvenirs, such as original t-shirts and local crafts.

Outdoor Gear

A small outdoor gear section offers trekkers a last minute chance to buy essentials such as hats, water bottles and trekking poles.


A small selection of books are available in Japanese and English, including the "Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Official Guide Book".

Tax Free Shopping

The Kumano Travel shop is registered as tax free! For purchases of over 5000 yen in combined value from designated shops taxes are returned.

The registration for tax refund is at the "Umeshu de Kanpai" store on the same block. By the way, "Umeshu de Kanpai" offers free testing of local umeshu liqueur! Money back and free drinks, makes for a great shopping experience!

Ask staff for more information.