People who visit Kumano Hongu Shrine can use the hot spring for purification rites.

There are various choices to stay at Kumano Hongu area. I stayed at a guest house, Ashitano Mori at Kawayu Onsen area. Kumano area is suitable for tea cultivation. Ashitano Mori provided handmade morning tea.

Ashitano Mori

Ashitano Mori

Dinner at Ashitano Mori

Breakfast at Ashitano Mori

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At Kawayu Onsen area, the water of the Oto River mixes with the 70 hot springs that continuously bubble up from the riverbed. If you dig into the riverbed, you can create an open air bath in the Oto River.

Riverbed in the Oto River

Riverbed in the Oto River

Clear water of the Oto River

Clear water of the Oto River