Guest Houses in Wakayama
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Jugemu Guest House and Organic Farm
- Jugemu Guest House is about as “off the beaten path” as you can get in central Japan. Situated in the peaceful village of Irokawa in Wakayama prefecture, surrounded by rugged mountains, forests and terraced rice-fields, Jugemu is a complete escape from the bright lights of the major Japanese cities and the hustle n bustle of the well-trodden backpacking route popular with most tourists. Irokawa hasn’t always been the quiet village it is today though. Two hundred years ago it was a bustling community home to the families of hundreds of miners who worked at the local copper mine. Its close proximity to the historic Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route also meant that it was a popular place for travelers to pass by on their journeys through the surrounding sacred mountains. Once the minerals at the mine ran dry though, the area saw a mass exodus as most of the residents took off in the search for work elsewhere. Those who stayed decided to set up a farming community, growing a variety of produce including rice, tea, fruits and vegetables. The farming community slowly grew in size and the landscape was transformed into the many rows of terraced fields you see in the area today. In more recent years the population has been on the decline once again as most of the younger generation tend to gravitate towards the fast-paced life in cities like Osaka and Tokyo, leaving their farming families behind. This is where our guest house owners Shinya and Chizuru come into the picture. They discovered Irokawa village in their early thirties and decided to set up a fully self-sustained organic farm there, complete with a guest house where they hope to teach the way of life in rural Japan to their guests. Visitors to the guest house are also encouraged to help with farming and the preparation of the food that will end up on their plate in the evening. It’s a great opportunity to see how a farm works and depending on the season, see how traditional Japanese farming methods are employed out in the fields. ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Stay at The Cue Guesthouse in Tanabe
- If completing the Kumano Kodo trail makes up a part of your travel plans, you have probably heard of Tanabe. Tanabe is the second largest city in Wakayama and home to several major stops along the Kumano Kodo. Although during the pilgrimage along this spiritual trail you are most likely to visit only the mountainous areas of Tanabe, we highly recommend you travel further down the city’s urban centre and spend a day or two at The Cue, one of the nicest guest houses you’ll come across while visiting Japan. Stay at The Cue Guesthouse in Tanabe The Cue is the brainchild of a group of local creatives, who dreamt of creating a space for local creatives and travelers to connect while enjoying the slow pace vibe of Tanabe’s central narrow streets. With the help of a crowdfunding initiative, the group found the perfect location for their dream house in the Minato area of Tanabe and right next to the lively Ajikoji yokocho district, and turned an 80-year old house into a beautiful “hoso backyard house”. Stay at The Cue Guesthouse in Tanabe From the moment you step into The Cue, you feel its warmth and the welcoming vibe. The white walls mixed with the wooden touches, and the raised tatami rooms create a cozy atmosphere that is complemented with the cute welcome signs in each of the rooms and the friendly smile of the house’s staff. There are three rooms available for traveling guests and also a 2nd floor sharehouse for those planning a longer stay in Tanabe. Past the rooms, a high-ceiling lounge and the kitchen are common areas inside the guesthouse where you can wind down or interact with other guests. The highlight of the lounge is that it connects to the backyard via a wide sliding door which is opened wide during the warmer days of the year, creating an oasis of fun in the middle of the city centre. Stay at The Cue Guesthouse in Tanabe ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country’s most delicious ramen noodles.
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