Ashitanomori, our most distinctive guesthouse, is located along the Oto River in Kawayu City, Wakayama Prefecture, nationally famous for its unique hot springs.
At Ashitanomori, you will enjoy a casual, informal stay in Kawayu in an atmosphere of beautiful and peaceful nature. Ashitamonori, a pleasant wooden building, is made of local materials over 100 years old such as Japanese cedar, cypress, cherry, and pine trees from deep in the lush mountains of Kumano, as the owner of Ashitanomori also manages nearby forests.
Our accommodations have been designed with the comfort of the international traveler in mind.
Here in Kawayu spa, hot mineral waters come up from the riverbed. Right in front of our inn, by the river, you choose a likely spot and dig out a natural “hot tub” along the riverside and wait for it to fill with hot water and your own private outdoor bath. We have all the tools you need to get you started. In summer, you can enjoy both swimming in the river’s cold water and relaxing in open-air hot springs.
In winter, a magnificent huge open-air hot spring, called SENNINBURO, is waiting for you. The name is a play on the word for ‘thousand’, a reference to the fact that you could squeeze about 1000 bathers into this open-air tub.
You will enjoy trekking along KUMANOKODO, an historic walking course. The Sacred sites and Pilgrimage routes here were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
The world Heritage site, ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range,’ consists of sacred and pilgrimage routes that are inseparable from the nature of the Kii Mountain Range covering Wakayama, Nara, and Mie prefectures, as well as the cultural landscapes surrounding them. There is no such similar property to be found elsewhere around the world.
For over 800 years, the Kumano shrines were a popular pilgrimage site. People believed the wilds of the Kii peninsula to be inhabited by kami, i.e. Shinto deities. Three of the most powerful deities of the region are enshrined in three famous shrines in the Kumano region; Hongu-taicha, Hayatama-taisha and Nachi-taisha. Japan’s early emperors made regular pilgrimages to these shrines to petition the deities for power, prosperity and health. The approach to this holy area, the ancient Kumano pilgrimage route, has been restored as a walking course. As one walks along the moss-covered stone pavement one is immersed in the relaxing sounds of nature which fill the surrounding forest. One can almost hear the sighs of ancient travelers as they sat resting along this path, renewing their spirits in this dwelling place of the gods.
An ‘oji’ was a place where an early emperor or empress could rest, and six ‘oji’ remain in this Hongu area today.
Reservations by internet must be received at least 24 hours before your check-in time.
No pets allowed, except guide dogs.
Address: 1440-2 Kawayu, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama-ken, 647-1711 JAPAN
Room rates are quoted in Japanese Yen per person per night.
Room rates include 5% Consumption and Thermal tax. Tax rates are set by law and are subject to change without notice.
Overnight Stay (without meals)
With Dinner and Breakfast
Reasonable Stay（with dinner and breakfast）
Dinner Menu: Morsels of choice cut certified Kumano sirloin steak
High Season Charge
Toddlers(no bed, no meals)
Reservations must be cancelled 3 days or more prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation charge of the first night room rate.
Check-in 3:00 PM
There are six rooms and maximum room capacities are as follows:
Mountain View -- 2 persons
River View -- 4 persons
Direct dial telephone
Yukata(Cotton kimono )
Beverage vending machine
2 family Bathrooms
We have two private baths that are constantly refreshed with hot spring water.
Please take your time, relax and enjoy Japan’s rich ‘onsen’, hot spring culture.
The waters of the Kawayu hot spring are said to have positive effects for all types of wounds, gynecological chronic illness, neuralgia, muscular rheumatism, and poor blood circulation.
With a magnificent view of the Oto river, enjoy yourself in the relaxing ambiance of our restaurant, specializing in local fresh vegetables and delicious Kumano premium beef.
Dinner at 17:30～
Breakfast at 8:00am ～
Kumano premium sirloin steak with various vegetables
Hot spring coffee
☆Seafood and vegetarian dinners available by request
English breakfast with our original pure organic tea
☆Lunch box is available by request (500 yen)
We take the quality and safety of the foods we serve very seriously. That is why we use only local, organically grown or raised foods. Also, in our private paddy field, we grow all the rice we serve ourselves!
Here is our pure organic tea field. We carefully pick tea leaves by hand, in order to make fresh Japanese tea for dinner and black tea for breakfast.
From JR Shingu station
About 40minutes via national way R168 line
From JR Kii-Tanabe station
About 60 minutes via R311 line
From Nanki-Shirahama Airport
About 90minutes via R311 line
Take the JR Kinokuni Line (limited express) from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka and get off at Kii-Tanabe Station. Take the Ryujin bus at the station front.
Take the JR Kinokuni Line (limited express) from Kyoto or Shin-Osaka and get off at Shingu Station. Take the Kumano Kotsu or Nara Kotsu bus at the station front and get off at Kawayu (FUJIYA-MA or KAMEYA-MAE)
Take the Hanwa Expressway (Kainan-Yuasa Line, Yuasa-Gobo Line) and Route 42 at Tanabe IC. Go south to Tanabe. At Asago, Kamitonda, take Route 311 to Kawayu.
Take the Hanwa Expressway (Kainan-Yuasa Line, Yuasa-Gobo Line) and Route 424 at Tanabe IC. Go south to Ryujin and take Route 311 to Kawayu.
Take the Nishi-Meihan Expressway and Route 24 at Kashiba IC. Through Gojo, take Route 168 and go south to Kawayu.
Take the JR Kisei Main Line from Nagoya and get off at Shingu Station. Take Kumano Kotsu or Nara Kotsu bus at the station front and get off at Kawayu.(FUJIYA-MAE or KAMEYA-MAE)
Take the Higashi-Meihan Expressway (Ise Expressway) and Route 42 at Seiwataki IC. Go south to Shingu and take Route 168 to Kawayu.
Tipping is not customary in Japan. Restaurants' bills are usually paid at the cash register on the way out and the service charge is included in the price.
The electricity supply in Japan is 100V AC 50Hz, with a two-pronged plug / socket arrangement.