In spring 2015 Oku Japan renovated an old wooden building and opened a representative office in the village of Chikatsuyu, where we are delighted to be part of the local community. Our branch office is a lovely traditional wooden building right on the route of the Kumano Kodo trail as it passes through Chikatsuyu. We now offer the opportunity for clients to stay in this simple but atmospheric accommodation, called Oku no Yado Chikatsuyu.
Our two colleagues in the branch office, Noriko and Yae, are both local residents.
Yae and Noriko are there to support our guests if they need assistance on the trail or simply to answer their questions. They are always happy to say hello to clients when they stop by the office to share a special moment – and a cup of tea.
A stay in the building includes dinner, breakfast and a packed snack lunch for the next day on the trail. The location is ideal for exploring the village of Chikatsuyu. You can wander down to the riverside inn Minshuku Chikatsuyu and use the wonderful, large hot-spring baths there.
The building has already hosted the whole Oku Japan team on their annual company retreats in 2015 and 2016. During the annual retreat, our overseas team members join Japan-based colleagues, and we exchange ideas for the future development of the company as well as sharing some wonderful moments.
We always sample the delights of Chikatsuyu as well as excellent regional cuisine at local restaurants, or from home-prepared bento lunch-boxes. This year, we even enjoyed a village barbecue with members of the Chikatsuyu community that featured Nagashi Somen, where chilled noodles are sent cascading down a split giant bamboo pole to celebrate summer. There was a great deal of laughter!
Because Kumano is an ideal location for cultural and community events, we also enjoyed a boat trip on the Kumano River, a Shamisen music performance in the lovely setting of our building in Chikatsuyu, and invigorating hikes in the Kii Peninsula.
Chikatsuyu Branch - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA