Kumano is a port city located in Japan's Mie Prefecture, with population around 18,000. The town is on Kii Peninsula (located near Kii's southern tip, Pacific Ocean) and partially within the Yoshino-Kumano NP (1936-established national park in 3 prefectures - Mie, Nara, Wakayama).
The city was established in 1954 as a merger of Kinomoto Town with 6 surrounding villages. Kiwa Town was merged into Kumano in 2005. City's current-day economy is based on commercial fishing, forestry and agriculture (garden oranges). The city is served by JR Central (Central Japan Railway Company) via Kisei Main Line (Nigishima-Atashika-Hadasu-Odomari-Kumano-Arii). It is also interlinked by 4 highways - national routes 42 (Hamamatsu to Wakayama), 169 (Nara to Shingu-Wakayama), 309 (Kumano to Hirano-ku-Osaka) and 311 (Owase-Mie to Kamitonda-Wakayama).
The best-known local attractions are Kii Peninsula's sacred religious sites (temples and shrines) and pilgrimage routes (Buddhist and Shinto), as well as Kii Mountain's scenery itself - highlighted by Kumano River, as well as scenic streams and numerous waterfalls. The pilgrimage trails include Kumano Sankeimichi, Koyasan choishi-michi, Omine Okugakemichi. The temples include Kimpusen-ji, Ominesan-ji, Seiganto-ji, Fudarakusan-ji, Kongobu-ji, Jison-in. Shinto shrines include Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, Niutsuhime Shrine, Niukanshofu, Yoshino Mikumari, Kimpu, Yoshimizu.
Kumano-Mie is also famous among domestic tourists for having one of Japan's longest beaches (Shichiri Mihama Beach - length 22 km / 14 mi) and the annual Fireworks Festival (held on August 17th, with fireworks launched from boats at sea).
Port Kumano-Mie cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kumano-Mie, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|17 August, 2021|