What makes this place so wonderful is the staff. They are so kind and helpful. Yet I should add, they spoke no English, and we spoke no Japanese. I felt like they would have given us there first born. The experience was great. We also loved the town, small friendly and the young man at the grocery store spoke some English. He set us up with email, dinner (cross street on left Great!) and tour guide. If you like mountain hiking, Kumano Koda, this area is for you. Us we went for the small town, autumn leaves and a few nice sites.