新宮観光協会

The only river boat tour in the World Heritage

Experience the river trip of pilgrimage 1200 years ago

It was the river pilgrimage route which was used to go to Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine after the retired emperor and nobility visited Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine. It is still a simple wooden boat and you can relive the pilgrimage of the Heian period. Departed from the riverbed near Road Station "Dorokyo Gorge Kaido Kumano-gawa River", the boat tour takes about 90 minutes to Gongen-gawara which is near the Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine. You can enjoy the elegant boat tour while listening to the storyteller's guide.

Getting onboard at Road station

Complete the reception formalities at the Kumano-gawa River Boat Center and move to the Road Station, collect your life jacket and board the boat.

Enjoy watching a falling waterfall from the mountain

Clear waterfalls appear one after another. Marvel at the power of the waterfalls, the water tumbling down from the steep rock surface, which can only be seen from the boat.

Enjoy the stories about strange rocks that appear one after another

Enjoy the views of the giant rocks created by the unique geology of this land, including Nabiki-ishi, a rock that looks as if it is fluttering in the wind, or Yoseki, a rock that looks like a phallus.

Landing on Honeshima Island

Land at Honeshima Island, where the huge pure white rock crouches and takes a rest.

Go through nearby Hirushima Island that appears in the legend

It is said that Gods also ate lunch and played Go on this island. The upper part of the island has vertical and horizontal streaks that resemble a checkerboard pattern similar to a Go board.

Listen to the shinobue echoing in the river

After arriving at a calm place of the river is, the tour guide may play a Shinobue on the boat.