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Outdoor Japan Magazine in Kumano

Outdoor Japanmagazine toured Kumano the first week in July for an article concerning the Kumano Kodo World Heritage Pilgrimage Routes.  Brad Bennett (Photographer & Contributor to OJ) and Irwin Wong (Photographer & Photographer Teacher) were guided throughout the area by Brad Towle, (Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director).

The tour included hiking and a kayaking on the pilgrimage route.  The hikes were done on the Nakahechi section starting at Takijiri-oji (as seen in photo) as well as from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha.  The Kumano-gawa River is also registered as part of the Kumano Kodo World Heritage Pilgrimage routes as a sacred waterway.  Historically pilgrimages boated down this river from Kumano Hongu Taisha to Kumano Hayatama Taisha.  The tour included a half day kayaking trip guided by Katsu Ueno at Kumano Experience.

During the tour there were interviews with local spiritual leaders, including the Yamabushi leader of the Kumano Shugen group based at Seiganto-ji Temple.

The hot springs in the area were also highlighted during their visit: Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen and Katsuura Onsen.


Thank you OJ for joining our intense but hopefully very enjoyable press tour in 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…