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KUMANO TRAVEL Company Information
Origins & Goals of KUMANO TRAVEL
Why Book with KUMANO TRAVEL?

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KUMANO TRAVEL Company Information

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.

Government Registration & Memberships

ANTA-logo.gif● Wakayama Prefecture Travel Agency License Number 2-283
● Full Member of All Nippon Travel Agents Association (ANTA)
● Founding Member of Japan Alliance of Responsible Travel Agencies (JARTA)
● Japanese Local Destination Management Organization (日本版地域DMO) designated by the Japan Tourism Agency
● Member of Tanabe City Chamber of Commerce & Industry

※ Licensed by the Japan Tourism Agency in accordance with the provisions of the Travel Agency Law.

Company Details

Name: "KUMANO TRAVEL" is a division of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, a General Incorporated Association (Ippan Shadan Houjin).
Director: TADA Noriko
Certified Travel Services Manager: TSUBOI Nobuhito, KURIYAMA Fumiko
Board Members: Hongu Tourist Association, Tanabe Tourist Association, Nakahechi Tourist Association, Ryujin Tourist Association, Oto Tourist Association
Established: July, 2010
Head Office Address: 1-20 Minato, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 646-0031, JAPAN
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Branch Office Address: 100-1 Hongu, Hongu-cho, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, 647-1731
Tel: 0739-26-9025
Fax: 0739-26-5820
Reservation System URL: www.kumano-travel.com
E-mail:  e-mail-kumano-t.GIF
Office Hours: Weekdays 9:00 to 17:00, Japan Standard Time. Closed weekends and national holidays. Note: All requests received outside of working hours will be processed the following working day.
Scope of Work: Please visit our Services & Products page.

Please make all reservation requests with our online reservation system. Unfortunately we are unable to take reservations by phone or fax at this time. For all other inquiries please contact us via e-mail.

Awards & Accolades

The KUMANO TRAVEL dream has featured as an important factor in receiving many prestigious awards world wide.

● Japan Tourism Awards, Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award, 2019
● Japan Tourism Awards, Special Award for DMO Promotion, 2019
● Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award, 2018
● Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018, Top Region
● Featured Case Study at UNWTO 2nd International Conference on Rural Tourism, 2017
● Cabinet Office Cool Japan Ambassador, 2017
● Long-listed for World Responsible Tourism Award, Best Cultural Heritage Attraction, 2015
● World Travel and Tourism Council, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, Destination Stewardship Finalist, 2012 
● Wakayama Prefecture Tourism Merit Award, 2012 
● Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Regional Development Award, 2010 
● JTB Culture Exchange Award - Excellence Prize, 2009 
● Yomiuri Shimbun 100 Landscapes of Heisei Sites Travel Itinerary Merit Award, 2009 

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Origins & Goals of KUMANO TRAVEL


Staff.jpgThe Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is responsible for tourism promotion and grassroots tourism development of the region. We have found that even if people are interested in the area, it was difficult to plan and make reservations, keeping visitors from turning their desires into reality. There needed to be a system to link the visitor with the local area. Thus began the development of KUMANO TRAVEL.


The three main objectives of KUMANO TRAVEL are:

  • Support Local Residents
  • Support Visitors
  • Contribute to Sustainable Tourism Development

Support Local Residents

local-residents.jpgLocal residents are vital to the success of regional preservation and development. Cooperating with and supporting them is an extremely important part of the KUMANO TRAVEL philosophy. Without them the integrity of this World Heritage cultural landscape is lost. Since the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s inception, we have been holding workshops and seminars for local businesses and groups involved in the tourism industry to share knowledge, ideas, and know-how. We will continue to support the local population's needs with the utmost consideration and respect into the future.

Support Visitors

guests.jpgFor visitors to fully experience the area they need quality information, services, and products. To help maximize visitor satisfaction we strive to provide these via our website and reservation system, from the initial planning stage to the end of the trip, and beyond. Supporting every visitor to the best of our ability is our priority. In return, we ask your cooperation to respect the local people and culture, and travel responsibly.

Contribute to Sustainable Tourism Development

Hongu-Matsuri.jpgThe preservation of natural, cultural and spiritual heritage is of paramount importance to the region. However, without economic development, rural areas are disappearing. KUMANO TRAVEL is dedicated to working with local residents and visitors to reach the sensitive balance between the two.

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Why Book with Kumano Travel?

Quality Personal Service

butterfly.jpgThe friendly KUMANO TRAVEL staff takes a personal interest in all guests. We love our city and region and are honoured to have the responsibility to introduce it to visitors from around the world. We are dedicated to providing quality personal service to make your visit the best it can be.

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Intimate Knowledge, Over 1000 Years of Experience!

waterfall-2.jpgFor over 1000 years, we, the people of Kumano, have been hosting and supporting pilgrims to the sacred sites in the isolated Kii peninsula. Our local staff are passionate about our region, continuing this rich tradition and history of rural hospitality. We use our intimate firsthand knowledge and experience, in coordination with a vast network of local connections, to support you with your travel needs.

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Locally Owned & Operated

tenjin-zaki-sunset.jpgKUMANO TRAVEL, a division of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, is a locally owned and operated community business. We respect and support local businesses and are working towards making the community’s tourism infrastructure economically self-sufficient. By taking responsibility of our local tourism development we hope to decrease economic leakage and increase the ability to sustain a healthy local economy. Having fewer visitors with the same economic impact is one aspect of our strategy to create a quality, sustainable tourism destination.

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Responsible & Sustainable

yatagarasu-omamori.jpgKUMANO TRAVEL believes in responsible travel, and one of our goals is to contribute to the sustainable tourism development of the region. We believe that local residents -including Kumano Travel- and visitors must respect each other and work together in a positive way to preserve and protect our natural, cultural, and spiritual heritage. We hope that our services and products help to facilitate and promote this.

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Freedom to Discover

Yamabushi-trail.jpgWouldn’t it be great if you could easily organize an entire journey online to the spiritual countryside of Japan, with the freedom to customize your own itinerary? With KUMANO TRAVEL this is possible! Add accommodations, tours & activities, and travel services to your Cart to personalize your travels. You can use the model itineraries to help you plan with several options to choose from. KUMANO TRAVEL makes it easier than ever to plan a visit to the off-the-beaten-path areas that can be difficult for visitors to find. KUMANO TRAVEL helps you do the organizing, so you have more time and freedom to discover.

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Secure Booking

oyunohara.jpgSecurity is important to us. The KUMANO TRAVEL reservation system uses SSL ("Secure Sockets Layer"), an industry standard technology to encrypt personal details. We do not see or store any credit card information. The protected information is securely transmitted directly to the credit card company. However, as with any standard email, emails containing your personal data, required to complete the reservation process, will be exchanged in a non-encrypted format. For more information please visit our Security & Privacy page.

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