About / About Owase
Owase City (population 20,013 as of 2010) is located in the South of Mie Prefecture. Ninety percent of the city area is covered by forested mountains, with the coast facing the Kuroshio Current and the Kumano Sea, allowing the forestry and fishing industries to thrive.
Owase’s ideal location along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route makes it an ideal stop for tourists year-round.
For over 30 years, Owase Business Hotel has offered customers a great location along the Kumano Kodo at affordable rates. Owase Business Hotel is available for any trip, from business to leisure travel.
Walk the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route, a World Heritage Site
Kumano Kodo’ is the Japanese name for the ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range’ World Heritage site. The Kumano pilgrimage is a ‘path of prayer’ that covers a number of designated routes, including the ‘Ise-ji Route’ that runs from Ise Jingu, one of the most famous shrines in Japan, across steep mountain passes, to the three grand shrines of Kumano: Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha and Nachi Taisha.
Owase Tuna Fishing
Owase is a hot spot for tuna fishing. Fishing operations include coastal trawling ships and state-of-the-art deep sea vessels. The harbor is always hopping with fresh catches of bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, marlin and albacore tuna.