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Get to know Tanabe (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tanabe. To help you make friends with Tanabe before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Tanabe, Japan, is a small coastal city found on the Kii Peninsula, which juts out from the main Japanese Island of Honshu just south of Kyoto and Osaka. Tanabe is most famous as the place where many Kumano Kodo pilgrims start their pilgrimage into the mountains. The Kumano Kodo is an ancient pilgrimage road that heads across the Kii Peninsula all the way to the Kumano Grand shrines on the east of the peninsula, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Wakayama region, which includes Tanabe, is considered the spiritual heartland of Japan and has had visitors for centuries make the pilgrimage here to enjoy the lush scenery and to worship the gods that live here. Another popular sight in Tanabe is the Kushimoto Marine Park, which is a complex with a range of attractions including an aquarium and an underwater observation tower.

If you want relaxation in Tanabe, then it is worth heading to one of the beautiful onsen towns along the coast and up in the mountains. Here, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in a hot spring whilst enjoying the surrounding scenery. For a unique onsen experience it is worth heading to Kawayu Onsen where you can dig your own hole in the river to soak in the warm waters. Tanabe also has its own local beach, which is a popular place to relax on a nice sunny day, or you can head to one of the many other beaches nearby. The city also has a great range of local restaurants that showcase Tanabe's local cuisine, which includes fresh seafood from the coast and wild plants and animals from the mountains.

You will not find too many Tanabe, Japan hostels, but what exists has a great location near Kii Tanabe Station, so you have easy access to other towns and cities in the area. Your hostel in Tanabe, Japan, is also just a few minutes away from the local beach, which is a nice place to relax on a summer day. This location, right in the city, gives you access to lots of delicious restaurants and bars within easily walking distance of your hostel in Tanabe, Japan.

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Your Packing List for Tanabe

Your Packing List for Tanabe

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These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Other Nearby Cities

Wakayama Prefecture (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Yuasa (38 Km / 24 mi.)
Wakayama (58 Km / 36 mi.)
Koyasan (57 Km / 36 mi.)
Matsue (61 Km / 38 mi.)
Kaizuka (80 Km / 50 mi.)
Tokushima Pref (80 Km / 49 mi.)

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