Kii-Katsuura is where the Kumano Kodo meets the Pacific Ocean. Once a quiet fishing port, the town's fortunes changed when an abundance of hot springs were discovered here and today the town's shore line is dominated by many big onsen hotels.

Kii-Katsuura Map

“Whether you're starting or finishing a Kumano Kodo hike, the coastal town of Kii-Katsura is a great place to unwind in hot spring baths overlooking the Pacific Ocean”

Simon King, Director

The most intriguing of the Kii-Katsuura hotels is Nakanoshima, on its own private island in the bay and accessible by a 5 minute ferry ride. The hotel has many outdoor hot spring baths dotted around the island; the perfect place to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean crashing against the rocks below your onsen bath.

Kii-Katsuura's other attraction here is the early morning fish market. On a smaller scale than Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, it's interesting to see the morning tuna auction; an impressive showcase of the morning catch.

Recommended Accommodation in Kii-Katsuura

The following are our favourites from among the western-style hotels and Japanese-style inns of Kii-Katsuura.