This wonderful working village tucked in a picturesque corner of the eastern Japan Alps is both a humming ski resort winter-long and a year round onsen town – worth visiting any time of year. Settled as early as the 8th century, its compact and quaint, though the maze of narrow streets will challenge even the best of drivers.
Hongū is a good starting point for the onsen nearby. The Kumano Hongū Heritage Centre has detailed information in English about the sacred Kumano region. Hongū is also home to Kumano Hongū Taisha, one of the three famous shrines of the Kumano Sanzan. The shrine is close to the Hongū Taisha-mae bus stop (the buses listed in this section stop there).