Boat Ride Down the Kumano-gawa River（Kumano-gawa Kawabune Kudari）
Enjoying the river pilgrimage route
This is a river boat (kawabune) tour that goes down the Kumano-gawa River, which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for serving as a river pilgrimage route. During this tour, the boat travels from the riverbank near a Michi-no-Eki (roadside rest area) called “Dorokyo-kaido Kumano-gawa” (Tanago, Kumanogawa Town, Shingu City) to Gongen Gawara near Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine, covering about 16 km downstream in around 90 minutes. The tour is guided by a storyteller on board.
Get on the Kumano Kotsu Bus at a stop near JR Shingu Station or Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, and get off att “Michi-no-Eki Kumano-gawa”[道の駅熊野川] stop. Then, board a river boat (kawabune) from the Kumano-gawa River Traditional Boat Tour Center (Kawabune Center).
Mifune Matsuri Festival – a Finale of the Kumano Taisha Grand Shrine Matsuri Festival (One of the Annual Grand Festivals Held at Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine)
（Kumano Hayatama Taisha Reitai-sui, Mifune Matsuri）