Yunomine Onsen

Yunomine Onsen is a great place to stay in the centre of Japan's sacred Kumano Kodo. Tucked deep in the hidden valleys of Wakayama Prefecture, this is a beautiful, spiritual place little visited by Western tourists.

Yunomine Onsen Map

“For over 1,000 years emperors, aristocrats and humble pilgrims have walked the trails of the Kumano Kodo and now you can, too! Yunomine Onsen is a fantastic base to explore this stunning, sacred region”

Ben Guest, Senior Travel Consultant

Yunomine Onsen is one of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan. Natural, thermal waters were discovered here over 1,800 years ago. For a thousand years pilgrims have stopped here to bathe in the waters, purifying themselves before journeying on foot to Kumano Hongu Taisha, the sacred shrine in the centre of Kumano Kodo.

Today, Yunomine is a collection of quaint bath houses and ryokans along a small creek. This is a wonderful base for hiking as two sections of the Kumano Kodo trail, the Akagi-goe and Dainichi-goe, pass through here. The walk to Kumano Hongu Taisha is 3km long and takes around 1 hour 15 minutes.

Above the river in Yunomine, sits Tsuboyu, a small rock hot spring bath in a wooden cabin. This is the only UNESCO World Heritage onsen in Japan that you can bathe in. Visitors can book a 30 minute time slot to use the tiny bath privately.

Recommended Accommodation in Yunomine Onsen

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

Experiences in Yunomine Onsen

Yunomine Onsen offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Yunomine Onsen

The Climate Guide for Yunomine Onsen, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 8 9 12 17 21 23 27 28 25 20 16 11
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 1 1 4 9 13 17 21 22 19 13 8 3
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 5 5 5 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 10 10
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None Moderate Moderate Low None None None
Days with some Rainfall 15 16 18 17 17 20 20 19 19 16 13 13
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 75 98 159 246 256 368 323 302 390 230 166 66
UV Index (Maximum) 3 4 6 8 9 11 11 10 9 6 4 3