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Bear sightings on Kumano Kodo Kohechi near Totsukawa

Totsukawa Village reported sightings of Asiatic black bears on June 18, 2022, at the Nishinaka-otani-bashi bridge which is near the Kumano Kodo Kohechi trailhead between Totsukawa Onsen and Miura-guchi.
Avoid bears if possible, but if you encounter one, stay calm, do not run, make yourself seem bigger if possible, and make a lot of noise with your voice, by clapping, etc.
Report any signs (like footprints) or sightings to your inn or to the Totsukawa Village office at 0746-62-0004 (Japanese only).

Yunomine Onsen Public Bath will reopen Saturday, April 23, 2022, after two years of renovation work.

The ticket machine for the UNESCO World Heritage onsen bath "Tsuboyu" will be relocated to the Public Bath ticket booth in the center of town near Toko-ji Temple.

Yunomine Onsen Public Bath information.

The Ogumotori-goe Route is open from March 9, 2022.

The detour at Ishikura-toge Pass has ended.
Please follow the original path and not the detour listed in some versions of the KUMANO KODO NAKAHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, p. 18.

For safety tips and detour, closure information.

Notice of Temporary Closure

Due to temporary closure of the KUMANO TRAVEL Travel Support Center as of Friday, April 1, 2022,last minute travel arrangements such as accommodation, luggage transport, will now be available at the TANABE Tourist Information Center next to JR Kii-Tanabe Station.

For more information about this:
https://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/resources/travel-support-center/

Kumano Kodo Kohechi Route Detour: Totsukawa Onsen Area

The Yanagimoto Suspension Bridge in Totsukawa Village is closed and a detour is in place until July 6, 2022. Hikers on the Kohechi should take the detour along National Highways 425 or 168 to 168 south across the bridge. Please see KUMANO KODO KOHECHI Pilgrimage Route Maps, pages 12-13 for reference. For more details please see Detours and Closure Information.

The Kumano International Professional Guide Training developed by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau continued on December 17 and 18 with a successful seminar and onsite walk focusing on “Guide Leadership.”

For more information about the Kumano International Professional Guide Training:
https://www.tb-kumano.jp/2021/09/13/6932/

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau kicked off a first-of-its-kind Kumano International Professional Guide Training on October 26 and 27 in Tanabe to support the development of local English guides in the Kumano area.

For more information about theKumano International Professional Guide Training



OBAKO-TOGE PASS DETOUR RE-OPENS (Kohechi)
The section of the Kumano Kodo Kohechi between Obake-toge Pass and Uenishi Remains has been re-opened as of September 30, 2021.

SHIOMI-TOGE PASS RE-OPENS (Tanabe City)
The trail near Shiomi-toge Pass on the Kumano Kodo Nagao-zaka Route between Nejiki-no-sugi and Shiomi-toge Pass has reopened as of October 1, 2021.
The Kumano Kodo stamp for Shiomi-toge is at the top of the pass next to the toilets.

For more information regarding Detours and Closures and other Kumano Kodo Tips & Safety information.

OBAKO-TOGE PASS DETOUR (Kohechi)
Due to landslides caused by recent heavy rainstorms, a detour has been put in place as of May 28, 2021, until further notice near the Obako-toge Pass on the Kumano Kodo Kohechi Route between Obako-toge Pass and Uenishi Residence remains. Obako-toge Pass is located between the settlements of Omata and Miura-guchi.

SHIOMI-TOGE PASS CLOSURE (Tanabe City)
As of June 2, 2021, a landslide has closed the trail until further notice near Shiomi-toge Pass on the Kumano Kodo Nagao-zaka Route between Nejiki-no-sugi and Shiomi-toge Pass. The Kumano Kodo stamp for Shiomi-toge Pass has been temporarily moved to the KUMANO KODO KAN Pilgrimage Centerat Takijiri-oji.

For more information regarding Detours and Closures and other Kumano Kodo Tips & Safety information.

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