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Kumano Kodo English Audio Guide Monitoring Walk

The Kumano Kodo English Audio Guide is completed!  On March 15th we invited foreign residents to join a monitoring walk.

This audio guide was produced to help foreign visitors decipher this sacred landscape.  It is presented in a form accessible to first timers to Japan, as well as including more detailed information for those familiar with Japanese culture.

Some of the contents covered include:
-Spiritual Culture
-Mountain Lifestyle
-Shrine Architecture
-Natural History
-Pilgrimage Routes
-Famous Historical Figures
-Buddhist-Shinto Syncretism
-Forestry and Agriculture
-And more!

There were many positive feedbacks such as “with this it is easier to understand the complicated Kumano History” and “It would be a great tool for foreign tourists”.

A participant who has lived in Tanabe for more than 10 years commented, “I’ve walked the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route several times before, but after listening to the commentaries in this audio guide, I realized that there were still many things that I didn’t know about the region.  Very well done!”

This audio guide was create by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and is available in downloadable MP3 format on our website.

We hope that many visitors will use this Audio Guide to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Kumano.

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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…