- Kumano Kodo with its ocean viewOjigahama Beach (Koya-zaka Slope)
Koya-zaka Slope on Kumano Kodo is a walking road on hilly land with an elevation of 100 meters that overlooks the Mitarai Coast on the southern tip of Ojigahama Beach. One of the few roads in Nakahechi from which the ocean can be seen, it affords a view of such pleasant sights as white-crested waves breaking on the coast and boats sailing out into the sea of Kumano.Miwasaki, Shingu City Other: Click here for details
The owner, who moved here to fish for ayu, offers ayu he rose at 4 a.m. to catch in the Takada-gawa River as tempura or grilled with salt. The color and gloss of the wild ayu who have returned from the ocean are exceptional, they have no fishy smell and their flesh is tender. Wild eel may also be available, if you're lucky. Also try the fragrant, freshly made Juwari soba buckwheat noodles.
580 Takata, Shingu City
11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Open every day
Budget: Wild ayu grilled with salt within ¥300
- The river itself is a hot spring where bathers feel an exquisite sense of openness!Kawayu Onsen Sennin-buro
This is a giant, open-air bath that appears in the Oto-gawa River from December to February. The high- temperature spring waters that gush out constantly from the riverbed mix with the Oto-gawa River, a tributary of the Kumano-gawa River, to become a hot spring. Such open-air baths of rustic beauty made by damming up a river are a rarity in Japan. Bathing suits are allowed.
Telephone not availableOther: Click here for details
Hongucho-kawayu, Tanabe City
6:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. (Open from Dec. to Feb.)
Open every day during the period
Bathing fee: Free admission
- This is the only World Heritage hot spring in which bathing is allowedYunomine Onsen Tsuboyu
What is said to be Japan's oldest hot spring, discovered 1,800 years ago, Yunomine Onsen's Tsuboyu was a place to bathe and purify oneself while on a pilgrimage to Kumano, so it was registered as World Heritage. High-temperature sulfur spring water gushes up in this small, natural bathtub made of stone that holds only two or three people. The water changes color up to seven times per day depending on the day. There is a 30 minute time limit on bathing in the tsuboyu.
TEL：0735-42-0074Other: Click here for details
110 Yunomine, Hongucho, Tanabe City (Yunomine Onsen Public Bath)
6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. *last admission time *Reservations are not accepted. *Closed when the river rises.
Open every day
Bathing fee: Adults ¥780, Children ¥470 (While the public bath is being repaired, adults ¥400 and children ¥200.)
- Going down the swift current in a raft is a stirring, unique experienceKitayama-gawa River sightseeing and whitewater rafting
This is a re-creation for tourists of ikadanagashi, the former practice of carrying down the river lumber cut down in the mountains by riding on it as a raft. In this experience, you can enjoy the gentle current and scenery of the Kitayama-gawa River on a raft captained by a skilled pilot while occasionally getting the thrill of passing through rapids.
TEL：0735-49-2324 (Kitayama Tourism Center. Make reservations at least the day before. Available for one person or more)Other: Click here for details
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Shimooi, Kitayama Village, Higashimuro-gun
10:40 a.m./1:00 p.m.
Operation: May 3 to the end of June: Sat., Sun. & holidays, July-Sep.: every day except Thu.
Budget: Adults ¥6,600 (Aug.: ¥7,000), Elementary school students (age 10 and older) ¥3,300
Time required: Approx. 70 minutes
- An old ryokan that is a registered cultural property of JapanKamigoten
Tokugawa Yorinobu, shogun of the Kishu Domain (what is today Wakayama and southern Mie prefectures), used this ryokan as a villa in the Edo period. It has a hinoki cypress indoor bath and an open-air bath (available only to individual groups by reservation) that looks down on the Hidaka-gawa River. In them visitors can enjoy the ryokan's gentle hot spring water.
TEL：0739-79-0005Other: Click here for details
42 Ryujinmura -ryujin, Tanabe City
*Only available for use by overnight guests
- A temple associated with the opening of Ryujin OnsenOnsen-ji Temple
During the Konin era, this temple got its start when Kobo Daishi named it Ryujin Onsen because of a divine message from Nanda Ryuo, and enshrined a statue of Bhaisajyaguru (the Buddha of healing and medicine) there. Later, in the second year of the Houei era, the priest Myoan rebuilt Ryuo-sha Yakushido and renamed this place Onsen-ji Temple.
TEL：0739-78-2222 (Ryujin Tourism Association)
Ryujinmura-ryujin, Tanabe City
Free to visit
Meijuan was opened by a chef who had been working in a French restaurant in Yokohama. He fell in love at first sight with the abundant nature of Ryujin. The lunch item croque monsieur with pork broiled over binchotan charcoal has a full-bodied flavor. The homemade Nanko-ume apricot dressing is popular as a gift for back home.
281-1 Ryujinmura-ryujin, Tanabe City
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Only open on Sat., Sun. & holidays from Apr. to Oct. (only open by reservation in the winter)
Budget: Lunch set ¥1,300