Tanabe City

Gourmet destination and gateway to the Kumano Kodo

Tanabe City Center

Tanabe City is the western gateway to the Kumano Kodo.

Travelers coming from Osaka or Koyasan will generally come to Tanabe before beginning their journey at Takijiri Oji, in nearby Nakahechi. If you spend an hour or a night seeing the city,  you’ll be rewarded with unexpected culinary and cultural adventures: visit sites related to Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of Aikido; eat and drink your way through one of Japan’s densest nightlife areas per capita, where you can try all sorts of wonderful handmade food; tour an old samurai neighborhood and learn about the traditional products that the lords of the castle demanded be produced.

We will help you make great use of even a short layover, so let’s dive in!