2.71km from Nisshi ShrineWe stayed 3 nights at this minshuku while hiking Kumano Kodo. For those 3 days, this modest B&B was our home away from home. Despite of its location in Kawayu onsen, this is not a fancy hotel nor a traditional Japanese ryokan which provides very delicate pampering to its clients. A ryokan with two meals (a typical plan at a ryokan) would run at least $150 an easily go over $200 per person. Sumya as a minshuku also offers a similar arrangement with a much lower budget. Of course, the facility is much more basic and the meals are not as elaborate. Minshuku means a lodging at an ordinary home. This entails that Sumiy does not really pamper its clients. Rather, it treats its clients like family guests. We enjoyed our stay at sumiya very much. We had a clean and comfortable room to recoup from demanding hikes and were fed with tasty food. Who can have an elaborate Kaiseki dinner every night? Moreover, we could do laundry so that we always had fresh, clean clothes to wear. That's what we needed on most of days when we travel. The hosts did their best to meet our needs. When we could not order a lunch box to bring on our hikes because we had to leave way too early than the supplier's schedule, the hosts prepared simple rice balls and fruit to bring along with minimum charge. It wasn't fancy but gave us energy to carry on. About its location: Kawayu onsen is not as atmospheric as its more famous sister neighboring town Yunomine, which has an old-Japanese flavor. But Kawayu has a better traffic connection. In this rural part of Wakayama, bus services are very infrequent. The location of Kawayu makes it easier to access hiking points and tourist spots than Yunomine. If you miss a bus, it is at least walkable to and from Hongu, the local bub or the taxi fare will be lower. If I chose my lodging based on its outer appearance, I will have skipped Sumiya entirely. But, I am glad that I stayed at Sumiya and did not regret my decision.