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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 priestesses, in their traditional Shinto costumes, attended the seminar. They often interact with foreign visitors and had many questions and concerns. They were all keen to teach international visitors about their World Heritage Grand Shrine.

Victory, Successful Employment, Safe Birth and Traffic Safety etc… there are about 100 different kinds of amulets. It is very difficult to explain all the meanings of these religious items, so we decided to make English translation sheets which include a picture, explanation in Japanese and explanation in English.

This way they can use the sheets to outline the meaning to visitors without speaking English fluently. We also discussed putting more English explanations onto existing signboards throughout the shrine grounds.

Within days, we worked together with the Office of Kumano Hongu Taisha to create these explanatory materials and handouts in English.

More than 600 foreign visitors will come to Tanabe for the International Aikido Congress.

On October 11th there will be Aikido Demonstration at Oyunohara. We are looking forward to see the results of this seminar and how our foreign guests will react to these new initiatives which introduce Japan’s spiritual heritage.

Thank you Kumano Hongu Taisha for your openness and willingness to share this sacred place with the world.

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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…