This is where you are going to be reborn.
The pilgrimage trail is well maintained and comfortable.
People are warm and lovely.
Family-run-inn AKATSUKI owner in Kumano Kodo
It’s a fabulous experience to stay AKATSUKI at the beginning of your trop to Kumano. You are going to stay the real warm home in Japan as if you visit your closest friend. Yae speaks clear and kind English which makes you deeply relaxing. AKATSUKI will become your home away from home in Japan once you stay there.
Yae is not only an owner of this cozy inn, but supporting children in Nepal for many years, teaching English to children, volunteer worker for elderly people through listening their stories deeply as a professional listener, excellent cook who provides OISHII! tasty dinner, breakfast & even lunch box if you ask her. Fresh vegetables are available from her own farm where Yae’s husband, Satoru is taking care of. Satoru is a master of Kendo, Japanese fencing.
AKATSUKI is not a simple inn. It provides all the necessary information on Kumano Kodo trail where you are going to enjoy fully for several days. Yae once has worked for the Tanabe city to promote tourism when no one mentioned Kumano Kodo. In other word she knows the area throughout. Ask anything about Kumano to her. Yae has variety of enjoyable ideas for you. Yae makes your visit more special and exciting.
Yae is one of my closest friends and she always makes me happy whenever I talk to her or even think of her. Come and meet her in Kumano as if you see one of your longtime friends.
♨ Whenever we travel around Kumano ancient trail area, visiting World heritage sites, such as Hongu, Shingu and Nachi grand shrines, we introduce you to this amazing driver, Mr. Hayami. He is from Maruyama Senmaida, famous for the terraced paddy fields. He knows throughout this region. What surprises us the most is even though he speaks only in Japanese, he can talk freely cheerfully with all the English-speaking visitors from abroad. His competence to communicate with everyone comes from his motto. He always talks to himself deeply that I am dealing with an important part of someone else’s lives. Mr. Hayami takes us the most beautiful place on the day, thinking about the weather, visitor’s nationality, age, preference. He is always right to find the location. Sometimes it is the deep inside the mountain area where three prefectural borders among Nara, Mie, and Wakayama, are matching. Some other time it can be an old castle remains without anyone else. He talked about its history as if he has a time machine. I never forget when he took us Maruyama Senmaida, literally means one thousand paddy fields, where he is originally from. It was a foggy day. At the beginning, we could not see anything. Then, gradually the paddy fields appeared in front of us for just 10 seconds, then disappeared. It was a magic by this gentleman.