Wakayama Prefecture, Japan Hotels & Ryokan

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Wakayama Prefecture Hotels & Ryokan

Hotel Bellevedere
Now that the Kisei Expressway is open, it is only 15 minutes from Nanki Shirahama. A tropical resort hotel especially well-known for its five types of Mediterranean-style open-air baths overlooking the coast.
How to get there?
From Susami Station (JR Kinokuni Line): About 5 minutes by taxi.
By car: Exit the Kisei Expressway at Hikigawa IC and continue along Route 42 for about 6 minutes (6 km).
Wakayama Daini Fuji Hotel
The staff at this hotel look forward to welcoming guests with warm smiles and heartfelt service. Rooms offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi and the hotel is close to government offices, the business district, and public transportation hubs, making it ideal for sightseers and business travelers alike.
How to get there?
From Nankai Wakayamashi Station: About 3 minutes on foot.
From JR Wakayama Station: About 12 minutes by taxi.
Minshuku Matsubayashi
Here, specialty kue (longtooth grouper) dishes can be savored all year round. Look forward to delectable dishes prepared with fresh catch. Swimming by the coast of a deserted island and having some delicious live pike conger and other seafood are simply the best things to do in summer.
How to get there?
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Nankai IC or Arida IC and continue along Route 42 for about 20 min (12 km).
From Hatsushima Station (JR Kisei Main Line): about 7 min on foot.

The lodging provides round trip shuttle service to JR Hatsushima Station or JR Minoshima Station.
Hotel City Inn Wakayama
Located in the center city, this hotel is idea for both business and sightseeing. It is only a 3-minute walk from JR Wakayama Station and a mere 10-minute bus ride from Nankai Railway's Wakayamashi Station.
How to get there?
From Wakayama Station (JR Hanwa Line): About 3 minutes on foot.
Hotel & Resorts Wakayama Kushimoto
This resort hotel is located in the southernmost town of Japan's main island, Honshu. The open-air baths offer splendid views of the bay and Pacific Ocean.
How to get there?
Shuttle Bus
JR Kushimoto Station ⇔ Hotel
*About a 3 min ride.
Station Departures: 11:10, 13:45, 14:30, 16:05, 16:40
Hotel Departures: 9:00, 10:00, 10:45, 13:15, 14:00
**No prior reservations required.
*About 15 min on foot to hotel from station. Taxis are also available (regular taxi fare applies).
Fujiya Ryokan
One of the hotel's attractions is the natural hot spring in the river. Fujiya also features a natural open-air bath with plenty of hot water, and Japanese-style flower arrangements of wild flowers.
How to get there?
From Shingu Station (JR Kisei Line): Take a bus bound for Kawayu/Yunomine Onsen to the Fujiya-mae bus stop (about 60 minutes). Immediate access from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Nanki-Tanabe IC and continue along Route 42 for about 10 minutes (4 km), then Route 311 for another 60 minutes (60 km). Head towards Onsen Tunnel.
Hotel Route-Inn Hashimoto
A new hotel that opened in 2014. Easy access to Mt. Koya. Welcomes guests that are here for business, as well as families and couples.
How to get there?
From Hashimoto Station (Nankai Koya Line): 10 minutes by taxi.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Mihara Kita IC and continue along Route 371 for about 60 minutes (33 km), then Route 24. Near the Ichiwaki Intersection.
Hotel & Resorts Wakayama Minabe
Guests can warm up in the hot springs. The Kishu Minabe Royal Hotel can be used by families, couples and all generations, offering rooms and cuisine catering to a variety of tastes. Breakfast is buffet style. Shirahama white beaches and strawberry-picking in early Spring. Plum blossoms can be viewed from around February.
How to get there?
From Nanki-Shirahama Airport: Take the bus to JR Shirahama Station (10 min). Transfer to the JR Kisei Main Line train bound for Wakayama and get off at Minabe Station (20 min). 10 min by taxi from there.
From Kansai International Airport: Head to Hineno Station (JR Kisei Main Line). From there, take the train bound for Shirahama and get off at Minabe Station (80 min). 10 min by taxi from there.
From Minabe Station (JR Kisei Line): About 10 min by taxi.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Minabe IC and continue along Route 424, then Route 42 for about 10 min (6 km).
There is no longer a shuttle bus service running to / from JR Minabe Station. Please pre-book the free service provided by Minabe Taxis at least a day in advance. 6 times a day at regular intervals. For 25 persons, order of arrival. Minabe Taxis: 0739-72-2133. Until March 2016.
Yunominesou
This inn is located in the center of World Heritage Kumano Kodo, and has some of the best hot springs in the Kansai area. The authentic food and onsen (hot spring baths) are very popular with guests, with many coming back to stay again.
How to get there?
From Kii-Tanabe Station (JR Kisei Line): Take the bus bound for Hosshinmon-oji Shrine from the Ryujin Jidosha Tanabe Bus Stop and get off at Shimoyunomine Station (about 90 minutes). It takes about 2 minutes on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Kamitonda IC and continue along Route 311 for about 60 minutes (50 km). Head towards Kumano Hongu Taisha.
Ichijoin
This inn is located in the center of Mt. Koya and convenient for visiting the nearby temple. Its shojin-ryori, or Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, is cordially prepared with seasonal ingredients and is very popular with guests. The inn's Japanese garden and pond create a tranquil atmosphere where Nishikigoi carp are always swimming. The latest check-in available at Ichijo-in is 17:00. Guests who are delayed and will not arrive by 17:00 are asked to contact the hotel by 16:00 on the day of their reservation.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Buddhist Image Tracing: Copy Buddhist images.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc. (*Every morning from 6:30.)

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Kansai International Airport: Take the airport express train to Namba Station. Then take the Nankai Koya Line bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 90 min). It is about 10 min by taxi from there.
Manseiro
This relaxing hotel offers guests tranquil accommodations and delicious meals. Spend some time walking in the tatami-floored lobby and taste the local cuisine.
How to get there?
From Nanki-Shirahama Airport: Head to Shirahama Station and take the JR Kisei Main Line train bound for Shingu and get off at Kii-Katsuura Station (about 90 min). About 6 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Tanabe IC and continue along Route 42 for about 120 min (105 km).
Souji-in
This facility is equipped with air-conditioning, elevators, and underground parking, and guests can enjoy a pleasant stay even in winter. Wheelchairs and simple beds are available, so elderly and disabled guests can also enjoy a pleasant stay. Bathrooms have body shampoo and other amenities that can be used by guests with atopic conditions or other allergies. In 2014, this was the first temple lodging to receive halal certification.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Buddhist Image Tracing: Copy Buddhist images.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
- Goma Fire Ritual: Observe a prayer ritual conducted by a Buddhist priest in front of an open fire. (*Every month on the 28th only.)

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Kansai International Airport: Take the Nankai Kuko Line bound for Namba and get off at Namba Station (about 38 min). Then take the Nankai Koya Line bound for Koyasan and get off at Gokurakubashi Station (about 100 min). Finally, take Nankai Koya Line Cable Car bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 5 min). It is about 7 min by taxi from there.
By car: Exit Minami-Hanna Road at Habikino IC and continue along Route 170 for about 40 min, then Routes 371 and 370 for about 50 min.
Strawberry Farm Shirasaki
Stay in loghouse bungalows with spectacular views. Meals are offered. Guests here can stay with their pet! (Only 1 small-size pet such as a dog or rabbit is allowed; reservation required, charges apply.)
How to get there?
From Kii-Yura Station (JR Kinokuni Line): about 10 min by taxi at around JPY 1,000 (as of May 2012).
By car: about 20 min from Yuasa-Gobo Road Hirogawa IC heading south along Route 42. Landmarks: Shirasaki Kaiyo Park, Yura Chomin Undojo (Yura citizen's athletic grounds).
Kaishu
This hotel ensures a relaxing stay that will enliven the senses.
How to get there?
From Shin-Osaka Station (JR Tokaido Line, Sanyo Shinkansen): Take the JR Tokaido Line bound for Shingu and get off at Shirahama Station (about 130 min). Take a Kisei Honsen Line bus bound for Sandanbeki to the Kusahara no Yu bus stop (about 20 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.
Bijintei
Guests can fully enjoy seasonal scenery and nature around Ryujin at this inn located along a clear stream of the Hidaka River.
How to get there?
From Kii-Tanabe Station (JR Kisei Line): Take the Tanabe-Ryujin route bus bound for Ryujin Onsen and get off at Kaize (about 80 minutes). The hotel is about 1 minute on foot from there.
Koyasan Kongo Sanmaiin
This temple, which is a World Heritage Site, is also popular as the only temple lodging on Mt. Koya with a national treasure.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.
How to get there?
From Osaka-Namba Station (Nankai Koya Line): Take an express train bound for Gokurakubashi to the final stop at Koyasan Station (about 96 min).
From Tengachaya Station (Nankai Main Line): Take the Nankai Koya Line to the last stop at Koyasan Station.
From Koyasan Station (Nankai Koya Line): About 5 min by cable car or 10 min via Nankai Rinkan Bus to the Senjuin-bashi bus stop, and about 5 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit Keinawa Expressway at Hashimoto IC and continue along Route 24 towards Hashimoto, then turn right onto Route 480 and continue on towards Mt. Koya.
Hotel Urashima
From their Daidokutsu hot spring (cave-bath), you can enjoy the view of the Pacific Ocean while soaking in the water.
How to get there?
From Kii-Katsuura Station (JR Kisei Line): About 7 min on foot, then about 5 min by boat.
By car: 120 km from Minabe IC.

Ferry Service
Pick-up location: Sightseeing Pier (5 min by foot from JR Kii-Katsuura Station)
Service time: Early morning-evening
Drop-off service from hotel: Scheduled departure times to Sightseeing Pier from early morning through evening.
(Current as of Aug. 2014)
Hotel Itoh
35 minutes by car from Kansai Airport, and just 15 minutes by car from Wakayama IC, located in the suburbs of Wakayama.
How to get there?
From Kansai Airport: Take the Airport Limousine Bus and get off at JR Wakayama Station (50 min). Take JR Wakayama Line train bound for Hashimoto and get off at Iwade Station (18 min). The hotel is about 7 minutes on foot or 2 minutes by taxi from the station.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Sennan IC and continue for about 20 min (12 km).
Katsuura Gyoen
A seaside inn with views of the cobalt blue ocean, and refreshing sea breezes. Guests can look forward to observing the sea view at night, with fishing lights scattered across the ocean, and a rejuvenating soak in the open-air bath with a view of the Nachi falls in the distance.
How to get there?
From Kii-Katsuura Station (JR Kisei Line): About 12 minutes on foot, or 3 minutes by taxi.
By car: Exit the Kinki Expressway Kisei Expressway at Susami-minami IC and continue along Route 42 for about 80 minutes.
Shirahama Key Terrace Seamore Residence
"Welcome home," and relax like it's your own. This is the concept that embodies Residence Key 1 and Key 2. 
How to get there?
From Nanki-Shirahama Airport: About 10 min by taxi.
By car: About 20 min from Kisei Expressway Nanki-Shirahama IC. Located between Shirahama Beach and Senjojiki.
Nakagawa Ryokan
This hotel resides in an old castle town, set on a hilly countryside and surrounded by three pristine rivers. Located at the foot of Koyasan's sacred sites and pilgrimage routes, this ryokan gives guests great access to three registered World Heritages Cultural Assets: Jisonin Temple, Niukanshoufu Shrine and the first step of Koyasan Stone Marker Path. Staff can pick up and drop off guests to Kudoyama Station on the Nankai Koya Line. The ryokan is about 65 minutes away from Namba, Osaka. Transportation to and from Yu no Sato, a nearby hot spring facility, can also be provided for an additional JPY 700 per person. Yu no Sato also has a restaurant. (Costs for both meals and hot spring entrance are separate.)
How to get there?
From Namba Station (Nankai Railway): Transfer to the express train bound for Hashimoto Station and get off at Kudoyama Station (65 min). Leave the station and turn right at the second set of traffic lights. The ryokan is about 7 minutes on foot from the station near the Machinaka Shopping Arcade (Sanada no Michi).
By car: 5 minutes from the Keinawa Expressway Koyaguchi IC.
Kawayu Midoriya
This inn is located in a river valley in a naturally blessed area considered holy ground since ages past as the home of the gods. It features spacious, classical Japanese-style guest rooms, and the open-air bath located on the river bed is Kawayu Onsen's only truly outdoor bath. In the summer, guests can enjoy swimming and river-related activities and will find their minds and bodies refreshed by the soft murmuring of the river through the ravine. For those wishing to visit the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, the inn offers free shuttle service to Hasshinmonoji, Fushiogamioji, and Hongucho.
How to get there?
From Shingu Station (JR Kisei Main Line): Take a bus to the Kawayu Onsen bus stop (about 60 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.

Shuttle Service
Hongucho ⇔ Hotel
Departure from Hongucho to hotel: Available 14:00 - 19:00 from any bus stop within Hongucho. Please contact hotel upon arriving at bus stop.
Departure from hotel to Hongucho: Available 7:00 - 12:00. Please reserve drop-off service when checking in to the hotel.
Hotel Sanrakuso
The whole Shirahama Beach can be seen from this hotel. You will feel relaxed in their large onsen (hot spring) bath featuring two types of spring water.
How to get there?
From Shirahama Station (JR Kisei Line): Take a bus bound for Yuzaki to the Hashiriyu bus stop (15 min), and it is 1 min on foot from there.
Sunrise Katsuura
This hotel went through rebranding in June 2017. Their dinners which feature fresh maguro tuna sourced from Katsuura are very popular! Children are welcome and infants can share beds with adult guests free of charge! The hotel is equipped with a free parking lot, as well as large communal baths that feature an open-air bath.
How to get there?
By plane: Use Nanki Shirahama Airport.
From Kii-Katsuura Station (JR Kisei Line): About 10 min on foot.
By car: Exit the Kisei Expressway from Susami-minami IC and take Route 42.
Koyasan Onsen Fukuchi-in
Located in historic Koyasan, this ryokan offers a distinctly traditional experience. Its three gardens, designed by famous landscape artist Mirei Shigemori, and the cedar forests covering the area around this temple inn instill a sense of serenity. The natural hot springs of Koyasan are available only here and are open 24 hours a day. Vegetarian dishes featuring seasonal ingredients are served, and the meals are painstakingly planned and prepared by the head chef with a different course every month.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Buddhist Image Tracing: Copy Buddhist images.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
- Horai-making Experience: Cut the 12 Chinese zodiac animals from paper to create a lucky cut-out charm known as a “horai”.
- Prayer Bead-making Experience: Make a set of prayer beads which Buddhist priests and practitioners wear on their wrist when praying and use as a charm.

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Gokurakubashi Station (Nankai Railway Koya Line): Take the cable car to Koyasan Station. From there, take a bus to the Keisatsu-mae bus stop (10 min). It is 1 min on foot from there.
By car: About 70 km from Mihara-kita IC.
Watarase Onsen Hotel Sasayuri
This hotel takes pride in its open-air bath, which is the largest in West Japan. It also boasts of family baths in its 30,000-square meter premises. The 8 private open-air baths are surrounded by nature and wrapped in the fragrance of an onsen, perfect for relieving daily stress. There is also a pet house (reservation required).
The hotel has a total of 8 baths including the large open-air bath, and all may be used free of charge.
*Please use the baths whenever available as reservations are not accepted.

This is an ideal base to get to the World Heritage Site Kumano Kodo.
Guests can look forward to savoring a meal prepared with seasonal ingredients.
Warm dishes may be enjoyed while warm. The menu changes monthly.
The hot spring rice porridge served at breakfast is highly rated among guests, so be sure to try it!
*Menu is subject to change depending on seasonal or stock availability.
Thank you for your understanding.
How to get there?
From Nanki Shirahama Airport: Take the bus to Shingu Station. From there, take the bus to Watarase Onsen (80 min). About 5 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at the Nanki-Tanabe IC and continue along Route 42 for about 10 minutes, then on to Route 311 for about 60 minutes.
Daiwa Roynet Hotels Wakayama
Located in center city, this 20-story hotel offers great views of the city's marketplace, as well as Wakayama Castle, wrapped in lush greenery. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Wakayama has also prepared spacious rooms and new facilities to ensure that guests have an enjoyable and comfortable stay.
How to get there?
From Kansai International Airport: Take an airport limousine bus bound for Wakayama to the Koenmae bus stop (approx. 52 minutes). It is 2 minutes on foot from there.
Saimonin
This temple lodging is located in the town center of Koyasan. Their special handmade sesame tofu and Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is very popular among guests.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
- Ajikan Meditation: Meditate while looking at the Sanskrit symbol for "A." (*Requires reservation in advance.)

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be canceled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Namba Station (Midosuji Subway Line): Take the Nankai Koya Line bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 120 min). Then take a bus bound for Okunoin/Ichinohashi and get off at the Odawara-dori bus stop (about 13 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Mihara IC and continue along Route 309 for about 10 min, then Routes 170, 371, 24, 370, and 480 for about 80 min. Head towards the Odawara-dori bus stop.
Hongakuin
Standing in the middle of a quiet forest, this temple lodging has 5 gardens. From the guestrooms, guests can gaze out at any of the gardens.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Namba Station (Midosuji Subway Line): Take the Nankai Koya Line bound for Koyasan and get off at Gokurakubashi Station (about 90 min). Then take the Nankai Koya Line cable car bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 5 min). Finally take a bus bound for Okunoin-mae or Daimon and get off at the Koya Keisatsu-mae bus stop (about 10 min). It is about 3 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Mihara-kita IC and continue along Routes 309, 170, and 371 for about 50 km (about 90 min), then Routes 370 and 480 for about 30 km (about 60 min). Head into town and head towards Koyasan Iriguchi Daimon for about 8 min.
Shimogoten
Located in a valley upstream from the River Hidakagawa, this lodge's onsen has a history of around 1,200 years and is famous for its great effect on the skin.
How to get there?
From JR Kii-Tanabe Station (Kinokuni Line): Take a Ryujin Bus to the Ryujin Onsen bus stop (80 min). It is about 5 minutes on foot from there.
Shirahama Key Terrace Hotel Seamore
This hotel has natural onsen (hot spring), which feed their baths clean with new spring water. They have a beautiful view of the sunset from the open-air bath.
How to get there?
To JR Shirahama Station: About 2 hr from Kansai Airport; about 2.5 hr from Namba.
From JR Shirahama Station (JR Kinokuni Line): Take a bus bound for Shinyuzaki Onsen to the Shinyuzaki bus stop. It is on the other side of the road.
Sansuikan Kawayu Matsuya
Located at the upstream area of the Kawayu Onsen area, this reasonable hotel suits perfectly as a base for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.
How to get there?
From Shingu Station (JR Kisei Main Line): Board a bus bound for Kumana Hongu Taisha to the Kawayu Onsen bus stop (60 min). It is 1 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Nanki Tanabe IC and continue along Route 42 for about 10 km (about 10 min), then Route 311 for about 60 km (about 60 min).
Yukai Resort: Shirahama Gyoen
This hotel offers the famous hot springs of Shirahama -- which has appeared in historical texts -- pumped straight from the source. Meals included at this hotel are buffet-style with a delightfully wide variety of dishes.
How to get there?
From Kansai International Airport: About 1 hr 45 min by car.
From Shirahama Station (JR Kinokuni Line): About 20 min by bus.
Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima (Formerly: Hotel Nakanoshima)
You can gaze at the sea from all the rooms of their onsen (hot spring) on an island. You can gaze at the view from the open-air bath whilst listening to the crashing waves. Take a walk on the promenade or go fishing in the shallows, as both are popular.
How to get there?
From Kii-Katsuura Station (JR Kisei Line): 7 min on foot, then 3 min by boat.
By car: 140 min from Minabe IC.
Smile Hotel Wakayama
Located in front of the Wakayama Castle, accessing the tourist spots such as Kimiidera Temple, Wakanoura, or the government or city offices is very easy.
How to get there?
From Wakayamashi Station (Nankai Railway): 10 min on foot.
From JR Wakayama Station: 10 min by bus.
By car: 15 min from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama IC.
Eko-in
Eko-in, a Mt. Koya temple lodging that boasts of 1,000 years of history, provides Japanese-style guestrooms, a beautiful garden, and free Wi-Fi.
The tatami-floored guestrooms with shoji sliding doors feature comfortable futons, an LCD TV, and a safety deposit box. A communal bathroom is provided.
In the immediate vicinity, there are historic Buddhist temples such as Kongobu-ji Temple (10 minutes away on foot), as well as a beautiful surrounding area where guests can enjoy hiking.
It is just a 3 minute walk to the Ichinohashi entrance of the historic Okunoin. The temple lodging has a lounge with a computer corner.
Buddhist vegetarian cuisine is provided in guestrooms at the designated time.
Groups of 4 or more guests can enjoy meals in the Japanese-style dining room (chairs can be provided for requests in advance).

- This facility is a temple lodging. Please be aware that this is different from the standard hotel, ryokan, or guesthouse.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: In your guestroom, use the writing brush and ink to transcribe Buddhist sutras.
*Free of charge. After making a reservation, please pick up the required tools from the office.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc.
*Every morning from 6:30. This time is subject to change during the winter.
- Ajikan Meditation: Meditate in a group while looking at the Sanskrit symbol for “A”.
*Every day from 16:30. Requires reservation in advance. Please participate in comfortable clothing.
*There are also pamphlets in English available for guests. English-speaking interpreters may also be arranged.
- Okunoin Night Tour: Take a night stroll through Okunoin, the holy ground of Mount Koya.
*Tours led by a guide require a fee.

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Shin-Osaka Station: Take the Midosuji Line to Namba Station. Then take Nakai line trains to Koyasan Station.
From Koyasan Station (Nankai Koya Line): 10 minutes by taxi, or take the Nankai Rinkai bus and get off at Karukaya-do Temple. Walk in the direction the bus is moving for 50 m and you'll find the Ekoin gate.
By car: Exit the Kinki Expressway at Mihara Kita IC.
Oyado Hana
Situated near the Kii-Katsuura Station, a suitable base for guests on business trips and leisurely sightseeing. This guest house takes pride in its relaxing, natural hot spring bath. It is a popular choice of accommodation especially among female guests for its cozy, at-home atmosphere.
How to get there?
From Kii-Katsuura Station (JR Kisei Main Line): about 1 min on foot.
By car: Take the Hanshin Expressway and Hanwa Expressway, exit at Minabe IC and take Route 42 heading towards the Kushimoto and Katsuura areas (approx. 180 min).
Jimyoin
On the spacious grounds rich with nature, there is a beautiful garden created by famous modern gardener Osamu Mori.

- This facility is a temple lodging.
*Temple lodgings were originally accommodation facilities for Buddhist priests and practitioners, but they now also accept regular tourists.
A Buddhist temple is also located on site, so both staff and priests will offer hospitality to guests.

- Guests that reserve a plan that includes meals at this temple lodging can enjoy Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
*Buddhist vegetarian cuisine follows Buddhist precepts and is prepared with vegetables, beans, and other plant derived ingredients.

- When staying at this temple lodging, guests can experience the following.
- Sutra Transcription: Transcribe Buddhist sutras.
- Religious Service: Observe a ritual where a Buddhist priest chants sutras, etc. (*Every morning from 6:30.)

[Notes]
The above experiences are current as of Aug. 17, 2017.
Provision of the experiences may be cancelled or experiences may not be available depending on the day.
And depending on the type of experience, advance notice or a fee may be required, so for those interested in the experiences, please make sure to contact the temple lodging in advance for details.
How to get there?
From Gokurakubashi Station (Nankai Koya Line): Take the Nankai Koya Line cable car bound for Koyasan and get off at Koyasan Station (about 10 min). Take a Nankai Bus bound for Okunoin at Koyasan Ekimae and get off at the Rengedani bus stop (about 15 min). It is about 1 min on foot from there.
By car: Exit the Hanwa Expressway at Mihara-kita IC and continue along Route 309, 170, 371, 24, 370, and 480 for about 100 km (about 120 min). It is about 5 min from Kongobu-ji Temple.
Nanki-Shirahama Marriott Hotel
The Resort Hotel Laforet Nanki Shirahama had all its rooms and restaurants completely renovated, and reopened on July 28, 2017.
How to get there?
From JR Shirahama Station: 10 min by car. (A free shuttle bus run by the Shirahama Onsen Ryokan Cooperative is also available.)
From Nanki Shirahama Airport: about 7 min by car.
Nanki Shirahama Resort Hotel
This British-style luxury resort hotel sits surrounded by Mother Nature. Guests can enjoy a relaxing retreat with the resort facilities including an indoor pool, tennis courts, and an open-air natural hot spring bath.
How to get there?
From Shirahama Station (JR Kinokuni Line): About 7 minutes by taxi.
By car: Exit the Kisei Expressway at Kamitonda IC and continue along Route 42 for about 5 km (about 10 minutes).

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