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Kumano Kodo Inspection by Turismo de Santiago de Compostela

For 3 days from June 24th the Tourism PR director of Turismo de Santiago de Compostela came to inspect the core area of Kumano including the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi Route and Kumano Hongu Taisha. With a request from the International Culture Dept. of Wakayama Prefecture, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau attended this inspection as an interpreter and guide.

We visited sites along the Kumano Kodo by car including Takijiri-oji, Takahara Kumano-jinja Shrine and Tsugizakura-oji before touring the Wakayama World Heritage Center in Hongu. We also walked a short section of pilgrimage route, 7 km from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha, to feel the cultural scenery of Kumano.

“Kumano Kodo exists with a special relationship between nature and religion. That is very intriguing.” The director praised the area, but also had some criticism, saying “In some locations I saw concrete constructions, which seemed to be unfit for the environment. Preserving the environment is the most important thing to do.”

The next day at the conference with local groups, the director of Turismo de Santiago de Compostela gave a presentation about Santiago City’s guide system. During the discussions she commented that “Kumano’s Fushiogami-oji and Santiago’s Mount of Joy have much in common. Co-promotion between our two cities can be a worthwhile project.” Other topics of the meeting were pilgrimage route signage and guiding techniques.

Hopefully Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and the Turismo de Santiago de Compostela can continue to work together and maintain positive relationships. We believe that our shared values of preserving the pilgrimage culture of our respective areas are a positive foundation for future endeavors together.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…