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 (house guestroom)

    Sample guestroom in house (house guestroom)

  • Guestroom in Cafe

    Guestroom in Cafe

  • Simple snacks and food for sale

    Simple snacks and food for sale

  • Communal sink (house guestroom)

    Communal sink (house guestroom)

  • Communal toilet (house guestroom)

    Communal toilet (house guestroom)

  • Inside house (house guestroom)

    Inside house (house guestroom)

  • View from House guestroom

    View from House guestroom

  • Cafe guestroom

    Cafe guestroom

  • Cafe music area

    Cafe music area

  • Cafe


  • Sample yoga lesson

    Sample yoga lesson

  • Scenery from cafe

    Scenery from cafe


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.

Yoga lessons are offered to guests staying at the inn.
Fee: 3,000 yen per person (free for children 11 and under)
Length: 90 min
Time: from 15:00 on check-in day to 9:30 on check-out day

※NOTE:  Free pass to Satsuki Onsen is not included with No Meal Plan.

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 11:00



Rating & Reviews


Reception & Service

 Price Plan(s)

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

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

Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse

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

 Sanitation and Hygienic Measures

■ This accommodation follows guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

For Guests
■ Please follow the advice for the public outlined by the World Health Organization when visiting the area.


Western Style Yes
Japanese Style Yes
Mixed Style No
Other Style No
Number of Rooms 3
Maximum Guests 8

Cafe Guestroom: 1room w Sofa beds
Homestay Guestroom: 2rooms w Futon mattresses

※ Shared toilet and 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.

※ Bath in house is NOT available for guests.
※ Bath in house is available for guests when Satsuki Onsen is closed. (Usually closed on Mondays)


Satsuki Onsen Satsuki Onsen


Mixed style, served in the cafe from 19:00-21:00
Mixed style, served in the cafe from 7:00-9:00

● Able to cater to vegetarians and/or guests with food allergies on request
Please let us know details of what you cannot eat in advance.

● Breakfast for those who depart early in the morning will be served as a bento box.
For those walking the Kumano Kodo the next day, specifically the Ogumotori-goe, it is important to get an early start.

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


    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 >>

    ● The bus time from Koguchi to Kamimaru in front of Sansaro Cafe has changed from October 2020.
    Please note that there are only two at 16:15 and 17:24.
    ● Please make sure to specify your departure time when checking in.
    Sansaro Cafe & Guesthouse
    Shuttle Service
    Please contact the property directly in advance if you would like pick-up or drop-off.
    The owner may not be able to accept your request depending on the time and place.
    Free parking.