Kawayu Onsen Fujiya Ryokan

Kawayu, Japan

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  • Natural hot spring bathing in the Oto River
  • Outdoor and indoor hot spring bathing

  • Remote rural location

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The Kumano Kodo trails are open year-round and each season provides a different trekking experience. Pleasant daytime temperatures and seasonal colors make spring and autumn popular times to go; the changing shades of the forest in autumn are particularly striking. May and September are also lovely with warm, long days. The summer is predictably humid and there is more rain, but the luxuriant green of the trees provides a canopy. Winter (December to February) is cold and daylight hours are less but the scenery is sometimes more dramatic.


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Located in the Japanese countryside, close to Kumano Kodo along the banks of the Oto River in the village of Kawayu Onsen, Fujiya Ryokan offers indoor and outdoor hot spring baths and the chance to enjoy natural open-air hot spring bathing in the river.

Kawayu Onsen Fujiya Ryokan is an attractive and comfortable hotel in a remote rural setting. Enjoying a prime location on the banks of the Oto River, guests can enjoy a spot of natural hot springs bathing in the river itself, which is a marvelous way to refresh and revive tired muscles after a day hiking the ancient pilgrim trails of Kumano Kodo. In addition, there are both indoor and outdoor baths, the opportunity to reserve a private bath for couples bathing or for the ultimate luxury, guests can opt for a room with private outdoor bath overlooking the river. Owing to the remote location, the hotel provides a daily shuttle bus at 9am each morning to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.
There are 31 rooms offering both Japanese and Western-style accommodation. Japanese-style rooms have traditional futon bedding on tatami mats, while the Kumano Modern rooms and the Suite include twin Western-style beds and private outdoor bath. Standard amenities include air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, fridge, hair dryer, balcony and river view. While the Japanese-style rooms are traditional, the Kumano Modern rooms enjoy a contemporary minimalist aesthetic, with elemental themes of bamboo, earth or wood.
With few dining options in the vicinity, Fujiya Ryokan offers half-board. Guests can request either a Japanese-style or Western breakfast and there is traditional multi-course Kaiseki dining of a high standard, served by helpful and attentive staff. The indoor and outdoor hot spring baths offer the option for private bathing at an additional charge, or guests can enjoy the natural hot springs in the river in front of the hotel. Additionally, both massage and table tennis are available but both incur an extra charge. For those wishing to relax in the midst of the Japanese countryside and explore the wonderful Kumano Kodo trails, Fujiya Ryokan provides a comfortable base.  
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All the rooms are generously-sized but some are showing their age, so we would recommend booking a Kumano Modern Room which has the advantage of Western-style beds and a private open-air onsen overlooking the Oto River. For those who don’t mind sleeping on a futon, the Japanese-style rooms sleep up to four guests.


Children are welcome at the hotel although there are no specific childcare facilities available.


Along with relaxing in the hot springs and enjoying the sights and sounds of the river, the main activity in the area is hiking the ancient pilgrimage trails and exploring the shrines of the Kumano Kodo region. During the winter months, there is also the chance to enjoy a communal bathing experience with a difference, when the river becomes a large hot spring bath for up to 1,000 people, known in Japan as a Sennin-buro.


  • Hike Gyubado-ji Guchi to Tsugizakura-oji

    The hiking trail from Gyuba-doji to Tsugizakura-oji covers 4.2 kilometers and typically takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

  • Hike Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha

    The hiking trail from Hosshinmon-Oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine covers 7.5 kilometers and typically takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

  • Hike Takijiri-oji to Takahara

    The hiking trail from Takijiri-oji to Takahara covers 4 kilometers and typically takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Vacation Ideas

  • Active Kumano Kodo

    Mount Koya, Kawayu, Nachikatsuura & Ise Peninsula

    from $5500 pp 6 nights

    • Quaint selection of temple stay, boutique ryokan before concluding at the luxurious Amanemu
    • Carefully-selected route of the ancient Kumano Kodo to ensure you experience the very best of this pilgrimage trail
    • Unravel the mysterious shrines between the cedar forests, primeval green forests and seasonal autumn colors

Location & directions

Kawayu, Japan

The property is a 60-minute bus ride from Shingu Station or a one-hour drive from Shirahama Airport. Kyoto is 2.5-hours by train or five-hours by car and Osaka is a four-hour drive. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes are a 25-minute drive away.

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