First time Visitors
Where is Kumano City (Kumano-shi)?
It is accessible on the Kumano Owase Road via the Kisei Expressway. Kumano is also accessible by bus or train from Nagoya and Osaka. Please come visit!
Kumano City has a population of about 20,000. It is surrounded by the sea to the southeast and mountains to the northwest. There are many places where one can see spectacular views of the mountains and ocean, particularly on the Kumano Kodo, which is registered as a World Heritage.
Regarding agriculture, the cultivation of citrus fruits raised in the temperate climate of Kumano thrive. Out of the many varieties of Kosan citrus, one known as "Niihime", a specialty product of Kumano, has been selling in great numbers. In the mining industry, Kumano is the only place where a particular stone known as "Nachiguro Stone" is found and produced in Japan. It is processed into “Go” stones and other crafts and its beauty has earned it a high reputation. Kumano city is surrounded by nature and has a rich history and culture which can be seen in sites such as the World Heritage "Kumano Kodo", "Onigajo", "Shihiiwa", "Hana no Iwaya", and, chosen as one of Japan’s 100 best terraced rice fields, "Maruyama Senmaida".
The history and culture of Kumano
The World Heritage, "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" was registered in 2004. Many events were held for the 10th anniversary in 2014. Historical sites and places of scenic beauty are plentiful in the the World Heritage. Some include "Onigajo", "Shishiiwa" ,"Hana no Iwaya" and "Shichirimihama beach". In addition, many people visit Kumano to participate in “Kodo Aruki”, walking Kumano’s old trails such as Matsumoto Pass and Obuki Pass which are part of the larger Kumano Kodo Iseji Route. Visitors who walk these old trails are healed by the landscape, the stone-paved paths and the stone Buddhas that remain from ancient times. Please come and experience Kumano Kodo Iseji, the road of resurrection.