Discover Kumano

Kumano city is a coastal city, near the spiritual heart of Japan, perfect for those looking for a lesser-known getaway near the ocean. 

Things to see and do

FAQs

Getting around in Kumano

The easiest way to get around in Kumano is by car, but most major sights and attractions are accessible by a combination of trains and busses. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

 

Getting to Kumano

Public transportation:

Travelers who come by train should get off at Kumanoshi station. From there, most sights are within walking distance. 

 

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Nanki-Shirahama Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes

 

Rental cars:

How long to stay in Kumano

We recommend staying here for about half a day.
 

Hotels in Kumano

Flights to Kumano

The nearest and most convenient airport is Nanki-Shirahama Airport. 

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes

Festivals in Kumano

There is one well-known festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

 

  • Kumano Fireworks Festival

    • Date: August 26th

    • Time: 19:10 - 21:30

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Day trips from Kumano

Kawayu Onsen, located right next to the Kumano River, is the ideal place those who enjoy hot springs, for Kawayu Onsen has them in abundance. Not only that, the village ...

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Distance, km: 30.44

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The temples at Nachi Katsuura are some of the most impressive in all of Japan. Surrounded by forests, this is surely an experience you won't want to miss!

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Distance, km: 30.63

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Yoshino in Nara is a quaint, small village, famous for its yearly cherry blossoms.  The village also feautures some world-class temples and a ropeway that will lead you to some ...

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Distance, km: 57.99

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Koyasan is one of the most important religious places in Japan as it was the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism. You can spend the night at one of the temples and ...

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Distance, km: 59.17

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