This is where you are going to be reborn.
The pilgrimage trail is well maintained and comfortable.

People are warm and lovely.


Mrs. Yae Maeda

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.