Sacred KumanoThe ancient Kumano region is nestled in the verdant mountains of Wakayama Prefecture — the spiritual heartland of Japan. Worshipped for centuries, this lush and rugged area has been considered the abode of the gods.
Walk the spiritual Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, soak and relax in the healing waters of isolated onsen, dine on delicious local cuisine, interact with the friendly locals—what kind of adventures await you in this sacred land?
New Products & Specials
- Fire Festival Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Experience
JAN 30, 2020 to FEB 8, 2020
Exclusive Community-based Tour! Book your spot now!
- TRAIL CONDITION UPDATE (OCT 15, 2019) No new damage to the Kumano Kodo from the recent typhoon. The trail is open. Note that previous detours are still in place.
- Fire Festival Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Experience: JAN 30, 2020 to FEB 8, 2020: Exclusive community-based tour! Book your spot now!
- Kyoto-Koyasan Limited Express Bus running fall 2019
- NOTE: As it is typhoon season, please check the Japan Meteorological Agency website for weather-related updates.
- IMPORTANT: Because of bad river conditions the traditional boat tour on Kumano-gawa River has been cancelled until the end of August 2019. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.
- KUMANO TRAVEL Travel Support Center
- Kumano Kodo Official Guide Book: Get your copy now!
- Tanabe City's grassroots tourism initiative featured in CNN.
- Self-guided Kumano Kodo village to village trek itineraries
- Kumano Kodo luggage shuttle overview
- Convenient guidebooks for travelling in Japan (external link)
What is Kumano Travel?
Kumano Travel is the official reservation system of the Tanabe City/Kumano Region, Japan.
It is a local, community-based initiative created to supply visitors with quality information, services, and products so they can fully experience travelling in the area.
With the strong support of local stakeholders and travellers alike, we are working towards our goal of creating a high quality, sustainable destination open to the world.
Why Book with Kumano Travel?
When booking with Kumano Travel you are directly supporting the local community.
- Over 1000 Years of Experience!
- Quality Personal Service
- Intimate Knowledge
- Locally Owned & Operated
- Responsible & Sustainable
- Freedom to Discover
- Secure Booking
Model Itineraries are sample travel plans to help you organize your trip.
You can use them as they are, adjust them to your needs, or contact us to create a personalized tour. The choice is yours!
We help you do the organizing, so you have more time and freedom to discover.
Tours & Activities
Joining a tour or activity is great way to see the region from a different perspective.
- Traditional Boat Tour
- Jet Boat Gorge Tour
- Kushimoto Marine Park
- Sightseeing Bus Tour
- Pilgrimage Kimono Experience
- English Speaking Guides
- Whale Watching
- Log Rafting in Dorokyo Gorge (Ikada-kudari)