Like many other parts of Japan, not many people can speak English in the Kumano region (i.e., Shingu City and other neighboring towns). In addition, there are few English signs and making reservation by phone or internet in English will be difficult

However, traveling in the Kumano region is not as tough as you may imagine. Shingu is very safe and people are kind (though sometimes shy). Furthermore, there are plenty of places to visit. With a bit more knowledge of Kumano and Japan, you can easily make your trip more comfortable and memorable.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions. We hope that all of your questions have been covered, but if not, please feel free to contact us at

Q: Where is the Shingu City Tourist Information Center (Tourist Association)?
A: Our office is located in Shingu Station, directly to the right of the ticket machines. We are open from 9:00am to 5:30pm, 365 days a year.

Q: What are the sights of Shingu?

A: Shingu has a variety of sights. The Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine, Kamikura Shrine (Gongen Mountains), and Koya-zaka Hill (part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes) are all World Heritage sites. The Ruins of Shingu Castle (a National Historical Asset) and Ukijima Floating Island (National Treasure) are also worth visiting. For further information, please check the “Attraction” and “Shingu City” sections of this web site.
[A:新宮市には多くの名所が御座います。熊野速玉大社、神倉神社(権現山)、高野坂(熊野古道)は世界遺産に指定されていますし、新宮城跡(国の史跡)や浮島の森(国の天然記念物)も一見の価値が御座います。詳しい情報はこのHPの”Attraction"または"Shingu City"セクションをご覧下さい。]

Q: Is it possible to walk to the Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine and Kamikura Shrine?
A: Yes. It will be a two and a half hour round trip walk from Shingu Station. You can also rent a bicycle. For more information, check the “Attraction” and “Shingu City” sections of this web site.

Q: How far is it from Shingu to Hongu and Nachi?
A: Neither is walking distance. You can take the bus. It takes about 1 hour to Nachi, and one and a half hours to Hongu. For further information, please check this link. Link Page≫

Q: Are there Onsen Spas in Shingu?
A: Not in Shingu City, only in Takata and Kumanogawa towns, both of which are 10 to 15km away from Shingu.

Q: Where is the Aikido Dojo?
A: It is just one minute from the Kumano Hayatama Grand Shrine. It is a 20 minute walk from Shingu Station.

Q: Can I make a reservation for accommodation in English?
A: Not many hotel clerks speak English well. Also, on-line access is very limited.

Q: What are famous local specialties?
A: Mehari-zushi (a big rice ball wrapped in a pickled leaf), Sanma (Saury) -zushi, and Nare-zushi (fish fermented without vinegar). Local confections and sake are also available.

Q: Where can I withdraw cash?
A: You can make withdrawals at local banks, post offices, and convenience stores. Please be aware that these services are not necessarily available at night. In addition, you may be charged a fee for the withdrawals.

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