Travel Agency in Tanabe

Kumano Travel

This community-run travel agency can help you organise your whole Kumano Kodō trek. You can book accommodation (and pay by credit card), store your luggage (¥500 per item per day) or have it shipped elsewhere on you…
Tourist Information in Kōya-san

Kōya-san Shukubō Association

Handles bookings for Kōya-san's shukubō (temple lodgings) and also temple meals; use its online system to book in advance (you can just show up, but it's risky during peak periods like April and October). This offic…
Tourist Information in Miyama

Kyoto Tamba Kōgen Quasi-National Park Visitors Centre

Miyama's excellent visitor centre can arrange tours and activities with English-speaking guides; book in advance through the website. You can also rent electric bicycles (¥1000/1500 per four hours/day); numbers are …
Tourist Information in Osaka

Osaka Visitors Information Center Umeda

The main tourist office, with English information, pamphlets and maps, on the 1st floor of the central north concourse of JR Osaka Station.
Tourist Information in Nara

Nara Visitor Center & Inn

This visitor centre on the southern side of Sarusawa-ike has English-speaking staff and plenty of useful info. It also offers cultural experiences, including free origami lessons and, on Wednesday, a 45-minute tea c…
Left Luggage in Ise-Shima

Ise-shi Station Baggage Storage Office

Offers luggage storage (¥500 per day per item) and forwarding to any Ise-Shima hotel (¥1000 per item); for the latter service, drop off your luggage by 1pm and it will be delivered by 5pm the same day. The office is…
Tourist Information in Ise-Shima

Gekū-mae Tourist Information Center

Across the street from Gekū (about 10 minutes' walk from Ise-shi Station), with English-speaking staff and useful maps. There's a smaller information office in Ise-shi Station. Both offer bicycle hire (¥800 for four…
Tourist Information in Nara Prefecture


Just outside the train station, Tenri's visitor centre was designed by hip Tokyo firm nendo and riffs on the appearance of the region's ancient kofun (burial mounds). Pick up an English map for the Yama-no-be-no-mic…
Tourist Information in Nara

Nara City Tourist Information Center

Located in the old Nara Station building, just outside the east exit of JR Nara Station. This is the city's main tourist-information centre and English speakers are usually on hand. You can store luggage here (¥600 …
Tourist Information in Kōbe

Kōbe Information Centre

The city's main tourist-information office is on the ground floor outside Sannomiya Station's east gate. There's a smaller information counter on the 2nd floor of Shin-Kōbe Station, outside the main shinkansen gate.…