Irorian Minshuku

  • Minshuku Irorian

    Minshuku Irorian

  • Entrance sign

    Entrance sign

  • Foyer


  • Irori room

    Irori room

  • Owner’s mother

    Owner’s mother

  • Guestroom one

    Guestroom one

  • Guestroom two

    Guestroom two

  • Entrance


  • Sample supper

    Sample supper

  • View from guestroom

    View from guestroom


Kumano Kodo Oasis

Irorian Minshuku is an oasis along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  It is located in the settlement of Nonaka, between Chikatsuyu village and Tsugizakura-oji.  This wooden house was originally built as a small workshop to make bento lunch boxes and homemade miso before being reformed into a guesthouse.  The owners are very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and mountain culture.  There are only two rooms on the second floor for guests, so space is limited.  Meals are served around the Irori hearth.  In the evening the owner shuttles guests to the nearby Hisui-no-yu hot spring bath.

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route Guide >>

Walking options from Tsugizakura-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha >>

NOTE: Minshuku Irorian will be tempolary closed from Sep 1, 2018.

Full Name

Irorian Minshuku






2007-2 Nonaka, Nakahechi-cho, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 646-1401
〒646-1401 和歌山県田辺市中辺路町野中2007-2

Map Code 

478 240 245*78


Google Area


14:00 - 17:30

Rating & Reviews


Reception & Service


Western Style No
Japanese Style Yes
Mixed Style No
Other Style No
Number of Rooms 2
Maximum Guests 8

Ensuite toilet: No
Shared western style toilet: Yes

●Space is usually limited to one group per day.

  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Shampoo
  • Hair conditioner
  • Body-wash
  • Toothbrush set
  • Face towel
  • Bath towel
  • Yukata Japanese bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Tea


Shared Indoor Yes
Shared Outdoor No
Shared Sauna No
Privately Reserved No
Ensuite Indoor No
Ensuite Outdoor No

● Guests are driven to the nearby Hisui-no-yu to bathe in the hot spring in the evening (5 min).  Entrance to Hisui-no-yu is included in the price of the accommodation.
● When Hisui-no-yu is closed guests can be driven to Watarase Onsen, western Japan’s largest outdoor hot spring bath (20 min).  Sorry but guests must pay their own entrance fee.
● Use of the family shower and bath at the accommodation is OK 24 hours a day.

How to take a Japanese bath

Complete Japanese bath guide.


Meals served in Irori room from 18:00~19:00 (Japanese style)
Meals served in Irori room from 6:00~7:30 (Western or Japanese style)

Vegetarian Meals

※ Minshuku Irorian is able to adapt to specific requests, such as no pork, etc.  Please write in detail what you cannot eat in the comments form.

※ NOTE: If vegetarian meals are requested, all members of the group will most likely receive the same meal.

Vegetarian Meals

 : Included  : Not Included

  • : Meat
  • : Fish & Seafood
  • : Eggs
  • : Dairy Products
  • : Katsuo Dashi (fish stock)
Type A
Type B
Type C
Type D
Type E

Vegetarianism is not common in the Japanese countryside. Please double-check the Vegetarian Type which the service provider can accommodate to make sure that it meets your needs. Often being able to eat trace amounts of the ubiquitous Katsuo Dashi (fish stock) makes it easier to find options.

More Information

NOTE: It is difficult and not culturally sensitive to change meal requests, or make new meal demands, onsite when you arrive at accommodations. Vegetarian types must be confirmed during the reservation process and respected during your visit.

 Facilities & Services

  • Free Wi-Fi (Guestroom)
  • Free Wi-Fi (Lobby)
  • Credit Card
  • Not accepted
  • Traveler's Cheques
  • Not accepted
  • Language
    Japanese only. But often uses electronic dictionary to facilitate communication.
  • Lunch box
  • Shuttle service
  • Notes
    Local handmade souvenirs are for sale.
    Washing machine and detergent. (free)


    Access Information

    Irorian Minshuku is located along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route between Chikatsuyu village and Tsugizakura-oji, just past number signpost 30.
    ● ~40 min walk from Chikatsuyu village
    ● ~20 min walk from Tsugizakura-oji

    Busses run daily to Chikatsuyu village and Nonaka Ipposugi bus stop.
    ● ~1 hr by bus from Kii-Tanabe to Chikatsuyu-oji (bus timetable 1)
    ● ~1 hr 10 min by bus from Kii-Tanabe to Nonaka Ipposugi (bus timetable 1)
    ● ~50 min walk from "Nonaka Ipposugi 野中一方杉" bus stop

    More bus timetables >>



    Shuttle Service

    Shuttle service is available from/to Chikatsuyu-oji and Tsugizakura-oji.  Please make arrangements in advance.


    Free parking available for up to 3 vehicles.