Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

  • Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

    Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

  • Ms. Uzawa and her dog

    Ms. Uzawa and her dog

  • Inside Cafe

    Inside Cafe

  • Sample guestroom in house

    Sample guestroom in house

  • Guestroom in Cafe

    Guestroom in Cafe

  • Simple snacks and food for sale

    Simple snacks and food for sale

  • Communal sink

    Communal sink

  • Communal toilet

    Communal toilet

  • Inside house

    Inside house

  • View from House guestroom

    View from House guestroom


Mountain-side Cool Homestay

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse is a "mountain-side cool" home stay in Kumano-gawa village (15 minute bus ride from Koguchi).  It was opened in 2014 by Ms. Uzawa, who fell in love with the location in the natural surroundings. She is a dynamic soul with strong interest in yoga, music, food, healing, and the vitality of the Kumano region. Sansaro is a cafe with a house next door. There is one guestroom in the cafe itself, the others are in the house.  It overlooks the Akagi-gawa river and rice fields with mountains framing the horizon on all sides.  The Kanmaru bus stop is nearby.  Music is a mainstay with a DJ stand, piano, and other instruments.  An onsen ticket is given to guests on check-in to use the nearby Satsuki hot spring bath for free.

◆ IMPORTANT NOTICE ◆ Sorry, this accommodation is not accepting new bookings from 13rd April to 31th May 2020.

Full Name

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse


Koguchi, Kumanogawa




878-1 Hitari Kumanogawa-cho, Shingu-city, Wakayama Prefecture, 647-1211

Map Code 

246 450 276*16




15:00 - 17:30


by 09:00



Rating & Reviews


Reception & Service

 Price Plan(s)

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

  • House guestroom: Supper & Breakfast (Includes Free pass to Satsuki Onsen)
    9,200 yen~

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

  • Cafe guestroom: Supper & Breakfast (Includes Free pass to Satsuki Onsen)
    9,200 yen~


Western Style Yes
Japanese Style Yes
Mixed Style No
Other Style No
Number of Rooms 3
Maximum Guests 7

Cafe Guestroom: Sofa beds
Homestay Guestroom: Futon mattresses

Shared, communal washing area.

NOTE: This is a family home so there are no locks on the bedroom doors.

  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Hand towel
  • Face towel
  • Bath towel


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

NOTE: Guests are asked to use the public hot spring baths near the facility, Satsuki Onsen. 

An entrance ticket is supplied at check-in.

11:00~21:00 (Last entrance 20:30)
~5 minutes walk

Baths are gender segregated.  Outdoor and Indoor baths available.

IMPORTANT: Bath in house is not available for guests.


Satsuki Onsen Satsuki Onsen


Meals served in the cafe from 19:00~21:00. (western style, varies)
Meals served in the cafe from 7:00~9:00. (western style)

● For those walking the Kumano Kodo the next day, specifically the Ogumotori-goe, it is important to get an early start.

● Please take the 7:41 bus from Kanmaru to Koguchi bus stop.  Bus timetable >>

● Please make sure to specify your departure time when checking in.

Vegetarian Meals

There are many kinds of vegetarians and we want to make sure we make the proper meal request for you. 

Please choose your Vegetarian type from the chart and write it in the Request/Comment box, including what you cannot eat in detail.

※ All guests in group may be served the same meal if vegetarian requests are made.※ Vegetarian meals may not be available during busy times.

More information >>

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
    Free Wifi.


    Access Information
    ● Near to Kanmaru bus stop.
    ● Busses run daily from Shingu (30 minutes) Timetable #3 >>
    ● Busses run from Hongu, Yunomine, Kawayu, Watarase daily (30~45 minutes) Timetable #4 >>
    Busses run to/from Koguchi (15 minutes) Timetable #5 >>
    Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse
    Shuttle Service
    Not available.
    Free parking.