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Hong Kong TV Program

On October 28th, with the support of the Japanese governmental project “Visit Japan Campaign”, one of the largest broadcast TV stations ”TVB” from Hong Kong visited Tanabe.The purpose of this campaign is to introduce Japanese attractions, such as tourist sites, local cuisine and culture, to increase foreign tourism. Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama participated in this Hong Kong TV program.The TV show “TVB channel” (in Cantonese) is one of the two biggest broadcasting programs in Hong Kong and with approximately 1,300,000 viewers. The show will also be aired in Guangdong province.Photo above is shooting scenes in Ryujin Onsen.
They filmed the Rotenburo bath and a traditional Japanese room at the historic Ryokan Kamigoten, before heading to Hongu.In Hongu they filmed the Kumano Hongu Taisha, Oyunohara and Kawayu Onsen. They also covered Yakuzen Ryori (Medicinal dishes) at Kameya Ryokan.Air date is in December.Thank you to all the local businesses and organization that helped the Tanabe C…

Travel Mart 2008 (autumn) in Yokohama

Travel Mart 2008 autumn edition was held on October 23rd and 24th, at the Pacifico Yokohama conference center in Yokohama City. Three groups from Wakayama prefecture attended the busy business event; Prefectural Office, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Kumano Regional group.This Travel Mart is an important initiative of the federal government promotional project “VISIT JAPAN CAMPAIGN”. At this event travel agencies and media from overseas can freely talk with Japanese agencies from all over Japan. About 300 buyers from overseas came joined this year’s Travel Mart.The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau rented a booth to promote Tanabe. We offered information regarding the world heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, high quality Onsens and fresh local foods that can be found in the Kumano region. During the two day event we had business negotiations with around 30 agencies. Most of them were from Europe and mainly deal with individual travelers. It was a very successful trip and we…

Press Tour: Shanghai Media

On October 21st, Shanghai Media (The Discovery Channel and two travel-related publishing companies) visited Tanabe to cover Ryujin Onsen, Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha, and Yunomine Onsen.At Ryujin Onsen, the manager of Ryokan Shimogoten explained the effectiveness of the local hot spring waters; making skin smooth as silk.Afterwards the press tour travelled to Hongu and to visit Yunomine Onsen.At Adumaya Ryokan the quality and effects of the onsen water and accommodation facilities were introcuded. Onsen Kayu (porridge made with Onsen mineral water) was served.It was well received and many of the press asked for refills!The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was glad to see that the visiting media was able to relax and enjoy the area while filming under such busy schedules.

Press Tour: British & German Media

The Sacred Place Kumano and International Aikido Congress
With the corporation of Wakayama Tourism Association and Aikido related parties, a press tour for journalists from England and Germany was arranged to coincide with the Aikido demonstration at the Kumano Hongu Taisha during the 10th International Aikido Congress in Tanabe.
The tour started off from Tanabe, the venue of the International Aikido Congress, visiting the Minakata Kumagusu Archiveand Cape Tenjinzaki. The tour then headed to the Hongu area to experience the world heritageKumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha, the Wakayama World Heritage Center and local Onsen.
Other sites visited during this tour were theKumano Hayatama Taisha, Fudarakusan-ji Temple and Kumano Nachi Taisha.
Nine journalists in total joined the tour, three from England and six from Germany.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped us make this press tour happen.

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Press Tour: Swedish Journalist

During the 10th International Aikido Congress a Swedish journalist attending the event inquired about media coverage possibilities in Kumano. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau arranged an improvised press tour to accommodate his interests.From the 11th to 12th, we introduced the sites along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route such as Takijiri-oji, Takahara, Chikatsuyu-oji, Tsugizakura-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha.During the evening on the 11th he experienced the Aikido demonstration event at Kumano Hongu Taisha. He stayed at Yunomine Onsen, and had Ryokan experience.
We hope our improvised press tour inspired ideas for articles concerning the area.

Canadian Travel Agencies FAM trip

A group of travel agencies from Canada toured Japan as part of FAM trip.

They were here to inspect Kyoto and Kumano.

Ten agencies visited Tanabe City including the Wakayama World Heritage Center, Kumano Hongu Taisha,Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and Ryujin Onsen.
Most of the participants visited Japan for the first time, so many aspects of Japanese cultural interested them. With the guidance the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s staff, Brad Towle, they learned about the sites and culture of the area.

The agents really enjoy immersing themselves in the rural Japan lifestyle.

We hope more people from Canada area able to visit the area with the help of the agents new found knowledge and experience.

Communication Level Up Seminar at Kumano Hongu Taisha

On October 1st, in preparation for the upcoming International Aikido Congress, the communication level up seminar was held for Shinto priests and priestesses at Kumano Hongu Taisha.Since the foundation of Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, we have held communication level up seminars for tourism related groups such as accommodation facilities, transportation companies and travel information centers. But this was our first initiative with Shinto priests and priestesses. In fact, this is the first time for this kind of seminar held for a sacred site in the entire country of Japan.Before the International Aikido Congress in Tanabe, which will start on October 5th, our office aims to aid and enhance the experience of visiting Aikido practitioners by developing the tourism infrastructure, and especially to support local citizens be able to communicate with non-Japanese speaking visitors.The seminar was held in a workshop style so that they can learn interactively. Six Shinto priests and pr…