Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima

Nakanoshima, Japan


Escape to a private island in the realm of ancient pilgrimage routes. With natural hot springs facing the ocean and hillside hikes overlooking rocky coastal shores, experience a sacred form of tranquillity.

Key Features

  • Outdoor baths that allow you to set your own perfect temperature
  • Surreal panoramic ocean views from every room
  • Exclusive accommodation on the island, only accessible by private boat
  • Locally sourced ingredients that inspire Kaiseki-style food for every season
  • Set near sacred historic Kumano pilgrimage routes


Practising the traditional style of the Ryoken inn, the hotel embraces subtle charm. Contemporary Japanese interiors grace every room, while still maintaining authentic features like futon bedding and woven tatami floor. Immediately feel at ease in the effortlessly stylish interiors.


Specialising in small plates known as Kaiseki, the in-house chef creates edible artwork out of local ingredients. Try the freshly caught Nachi-Katsuura tuna or Kumano Wagyu beef, the local delicacy.


While situated on a private island, the resort is by no means isolated. Near the Nachi Falls (Japan’s tallest waterfall) and not far from the Shiragama beach, you won’t be short of things to do or places to visit. Discover the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail on the Dauimonzaka route or pay your respects to the Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine.

After a soothing spa treatment, dip into the mineral-rich hot spring water and take in the ocean views. Trek to hillside viewpoints, overlooking the rugged coastal shores boasting panoramic views over the island.

Why we love it

Secluded but not isolated, Kumano-Bettei Nakanoshima cultivates its own identity and sense of solitude. You’re a world away from the noise and haste of the mainland.

Close to ancient pilgrimage sites including the Kumano Kodo, the island air whispers with sanctified peace. Immersed in lush forestry where the Azure Sea and crystal-blue sky merge into one, the calming environment will have you feeling at ease in the beauty of your surroundings.

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