The famous American documentary program “Discovery Channel” visited the Kumano region to shoot footage for the Fantastic Festivals of the World series, episode 213.
The focus was the Nachi fire festival at Kumano Nachi Taisha. In addition to this dynamic festival, they covered the spiritual culture of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, and local crafts & products such as the Minachi-gasa bark hat and Binchotan charcoal.
They did on-location filming at Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of Tanabe’s Izakaya Pubs, Cape Tenjin-zaki, Takahara Kiri-no-Sato, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported their visit and our International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, Brad Towle was interviewed for the program.
Thank you very much Marc Pingry and crew for your efforts to cover the Kumano region with such great enthusiasm and respect. It was a great pleasure working with you and we hope that you will be able to visit us again soon.