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I used this place as a retreat while hiking the Kumano Kodo. For a full itinerary, see "The Nakahechi Trail; A Glimpse of Old Japan." After climbing the long steep trail, this is the right place to stay. Don't overexert yourself the first day on...More
After a traumatic experience on the Kumano Kodo which involved an emergency evacuation by the most awesome rescue workers from the fire dept, we arrived by taxi at this hotel. Jian greeted us at the taxi with his calm and reassuring presence; carried our luggage...More
When we arrived on foot (doing the Kumano Kodo) the manager came out to greet us with a warm welcome and a refreshing cool drink. Upon registration he escorted us down the hall to our room, a sort of hybrid tatami mat room but with...More
Really relaxing place to stay on the Kumano Kodo trail. The host/owner Jian was funny and very engaging with his guests. It did help that he spoke very good English also. The food was excellent and they had a good selection of drinks.
For breathtaking views, lovely surroundings and exquisite food, the Takahara Kirinosato is unbeatable. It also helps that the owner is very hospitable and engaging, making guests feel completely at ease.
Beautifully located ryokan with breath taking views from each of the 8 rooms. Some have beds as opposed to futons and thankfully western toilets (which is not so common in ryokans on the Kii Peninsula). The food was magnificent; Mori-San is a skilled Japanese chef....More
We based ourselves here which seems to have put us in the minority; most stay on way past KK and then move on which is such a shame. This place really gives you a different way of seeing rural Japan.
Our room has a great...More