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Hosei University’s Eco Research Symposium 2007

For 2 days from February 8th Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau staff traveled to Kochi prefecture, Shikoku, to participate in the symposium “The Role of NPOs in Regional management of Rural Areas –Shimanto Hata Areas, Kochi Prefecture-” held by the Laboratory of Regional Design with Ecology, Graduate school of Hosei University. The University’s promotion Association in the Hata area and the NPO Support Network in western Kochi were the co-hosts of the event. NPO groups and researchers gathered to have intense debates about NPO activities.

On the first day “How to create rural tourism and mutual learning” was the theme of the round table discussion. Our Bureau was there as a case example of rural tourism in the Kuroshio area. Our Bureau Chief explained about our Bureau’s background and Brad, our International Tourism Promotion and Development Director gave a presentation about our efforts to increase international tourism in rural Japan.

The second day’s theme was “The role of NPOs in Regional management of Rural Areas” and was open to the general public. As invited guests the Bureau Chief spoke about how the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was established and its business summary since its foundation, and Brad talked about our Bureau’s international promotion and grassroots tourism development initiatives.

Afterwards participants debated about local public business enterprise projects and their management, and how to create positive relations between community-based organizations and the public administration.

It was a very engaging symposium which touched on many important issues in regards to managing rural tourism.

Thank you very much Hosei University for inviting us to this well organized event.

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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
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