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Kumano Backpackers

159-1 Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731 Wakayama Prefecture
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#1 of 26 Specialty lodging in Tanabe
We are the closest hostel from Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine. It's only 1 minuites from there.Kumano's sacred mountains are the perfect place to get outside and explore Japan's spiritual countryside. This area is blessed with rugged mountains, crystal clear rivers and breathtaking coastline.The Grand Shrines of Kumano and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes are registered as UNESCO World Heritage.This is your place to enjoy the outdoors while immersing yourself in Japanese culture. The traditional rural hospitality and fresh cuisine is always a highlight of any visit to Kumano. After a full day of adventure, soaking in one of the isolated hot springs is the ultimate way to unwind and relax.So please join us for your own personal Kumano Experience!
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Saskia v wrote a review Aug 2019
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This was a really incredible experience! Probably my favourite stay in Japan so far. I was hiking from Chikatsuyu and got my dates mixed up, so I arrived earlier than my reservation but the owners were very friendly and understanding, and had a room ready for me immediately. I was completely exhausted after the 25km hike that day and it felt so good to just be able to walk a few metres to where I would stay. The rooms were very clean, with tatami mats and SUCH a comfy futon. Since most people decide to bus to Yunomine I had the entire house to myself. I HIGHLY recommend staying here instead. Most restaurants close at 5pm but the owners will prepare you a very reasonably priced dinner if asked. There are public baths right in Hongu town if you need a hot soak, or a bathtub in the house if you are staying there alone! I did the short 2.2 km walk to Yunomine Onsen the next day and spent a lovely morning there before returning to Hongu to give myself more time to explore the shrines and the museum. A great day off in my Kumano Kodo pilgrimage! A word of warning: the cafe where you check in closes around 5pm, like every other restaurant in town. Be prepared to call the owners! There is a payphone immediately as you come out of Hongu Taisha if you don’t have a SIM card.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
elleohyou wrote a review Aug 2019
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Great spot to stay while hiking the Kumano Kodo. Right near Kumano Hongu. Katsu made us very welcome, very clean and comfortable. Few minutes walk to the hot springs Onsen which was perfect after hiking all day.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Rugby-vet wrote a review Apr 2018
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in the B&B cafe side and in our return on the backpackers. Katsu and co are very helpful and accommodating (no pun intended). Food at the cafe is fresh and hearty. Great breakfast. We also did a kayaking trip which was fantastic
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
nugetz wrote a review Feb 2018
Singapore, Singapore155 contributions53 helpful votes
The location is wonderful just near the Hongu Taisha Shrine. The view of my room was facing the river so it was beautiful. The facilities are good. They also provide free coffee and tea and snacks. The kitchen can also be used for some basic cooking. The owner also operates the cafe just across the road and even when they close for the day, they would prepare food for their guests when required as there isn't any restaurants open till late. The owner is very responsive to queries and also offers good advice on the itinerary. I would recommend it to people visiting Kumano Hongu Taisha or people hiking the Kumano kodo.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
simalem wrote a review Aug 2017
New York City, New York128 contributions53 helpful votes
Had a great deal of fun staying at kumano backpackers when I was hiking the kumano kodo in April during the sakura season. Place was warm, friendly, clean and a place where good conversations and cheer can be found. Katsu who speaks great english, is very informative, friendly and I had no issues sending my bag over in advance to kumano backpackers, as I made my way from Kii-Tanabe. Location wise, it is close to Kumano Hongu and Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara (large tori gate!) which is great for morning walks. The sakuras were blooming when I visited so I thought it was particularly beautiful. One of the days I took a river kayaking day trip with Katsu (he runs kumano experience besides kumano backpackers), and that was one of the highlights of my trip - simply simply awesome. There was a light drizzle, and it was simply the best weather as the entire river was shrouded in mist, and it feels like entering a watercolour or chinese painting as you paddle thru. Definitely if you have the opportunity and like the water, why not consider viewing the Kumano River from a different angle?
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Date of stay: April 2017
Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Neighbourhood is quiet and closes early - do have an early dinner if you're eating out, or cook.
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$90 - $94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
JapanKinkiWakayama PrefectureTanabe
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kumano Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Kumano Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine (0.1 miles), Kumano Hongu Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara (0.2 miles), and Kumano Hongu Heritage Center (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kumano Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kumano Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kumano Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Kumano Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kumano Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sabo Chinchoan Hongu, Kitchen, and Glass Factory and Tea Shop Sei.
Are there any historical sites close to Kumano Backpackers?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kumano Hongu Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara (0.2 miles), Fushiogamioji (1.8 miles), and Mizunomi Oji (2.6 miles).