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Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s 2008 Domestic Press Tour

For two days from November 27th, we held apress tour for Japanese media outlets. Six companies from Kanto (eastern area of Japan) and 3 from Kansai (western area of Japan) participated. On the first day, we introduced Akitsuno Garden, which newly opened on November 1st. Akitsuno Garden serves a lunch buffet cooked by local mothers. All of the ingredients are local produced making a healthy & environmentally friendly meal. After lunch we introduced an orange picking experience in a location with fine scenery and conversations with local farmers.Afterwards we visited a couple of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route highlights: Takijiri-oji, Nonaka-no-Ipposugi and Okeya (cooper).We also observed Suhi Oke (a traditional tub for Sushi rice) and Ohitsu (a traditional style rice holder) being made by a local craftsman.We overnighted at Minshuku Chikatsuyu and enjoyed the specialty dish called minshuku Ayugohan (steamed rice with Ayu sweetfish).On the 2nd day, blessed with fine weather, we …

Volunteer Guide National Convention in Tanabe

The Japan Tourism Association held a National Sightseeing Volunteer Guides Convention in Tanabe for 2 days from November 20th. Over 800 volunteer guides gathered from around the nation to participate in workshops and visit the city of Tanabe and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. On the first day sectional meetings were held at venues in Tanabe, Hongu, Nakahachi and Ryujin. Volunteer guides walked the Kumano Kodo at other various locations. Lectures and get-togethers for information exchanges also took place.On the second day participants gathered in the Tanabe’s main venue and reported on the group meetings of previous days. After the ceremony, a keynote lecture about the Kumano Hongu Mandara was given by Mr. Hayamizu, who works for the Wakayama World Heritage Center. During the closing ceremony the responsibility for next year’s volunteer convention was handed over to next year’s host: Nara city.This was a large event and we congratulate organizers and participants for the success of the…

Wakayama Tourism, Internationalization & Promotion Symposium

The “Wakayama Tourism, Internationalization & Promotion Symposium”, sponsored by Consortium Wakayama, was held at the Big U in Tanabe City from 13:30~16:30.  Brad Towle, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, made a presentation regarding Tourism in the Kumano region.  A panel discussion followed the presentations which included a prefectural government official, a local business representative and a monk from Koyasan.

Nicht nur Wasser gibt Kraft–Kumano Travel Article–(Germany)

“Nicht nur Wasser gibt Kraft” by Thomas Schrott
Published by Mannheimer Morgen
November 22nd, 2008

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Thomas Schrott was a member of a press tour supported by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Press Tour: Taiwan Media

On November 18th four Taiwanese media visited Tanabe City. They were here to gather info for various media including magazines, newspapers and a FM radio broadcast.First they went to Kishu Binchotan Park. They learned the difference between black, white and bamboo charcoal. The various uses and effects of Binchotan charcoal were also introduced.Afterwards they experienced making a wind chime made of Binchotan charcoal.On the 19th we visited Ryujin Onsen and Gomasan Sky Tower, and on the 20thKawayu Onsen and Kumano Hongu Taisha.The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau thanks our friends from Taiwan for visiting us and hope that they will return again someday soon.

Arakawa City, Tokyo – study tour of Tanabe City

For 2 days from November 18th, 11 people from Arakawa City Congress visited Tanabe City to study the progressive initiatives of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and local tourism associations in Tanabe. On the first day they visited the Wakayama World Heritage Center and then walked the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route from Sangenjaya to Kumano Hongu Taisha.On the second day, a presentation was made concerning the establishment of our bureau and business summary since its foundation. These presentations were delivered by the Tanabe City tourism department manager and our Bureau chief.A question-and–answer session was held after the presentation. They were interested in the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s comprehensive efforts to support foreign tourists, especially the development of communication tools developed for people who don’t speak English.There is a historic link between Arakawa City and Tanabe. In Arakawa City there is a area named “Kumano-mae”, which originally derive…

Nakatsugawa City, Gifu – Study of Kumano Kodo, Tanabe City

On November 5th,18 people from Gifu prefecture, Mayor of Nakatugawa city and a party of 17 from Nakatsugawa City Tourism Association, visited Tanabe City to study our regional approach to tourism associated with the World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.On the first day, after the greeting of Mayor of Tanabe, a presentation about the general outline of Tanabe’s tourism initiatives was delivered by the manager of the Tanabe city tourism dept. The establishment of our Bureau, and what we have done since the foundation, was delivered by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s chief.They were especially interested in Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and the 10th International Aikido Congress which was held in Tanabe in last month.On the second day, they walked Kumano Kodo from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha with a Kataribe (story telling guide).We hope that the visit was a successful one for all of those involved.

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela Joint Promotion launch in Spain

Kumano, where the sun rises&Way of St. James, where the sun sets
Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and the Turismo de Santiago de Compostela launched their joint promotion project in Santiago de Compostela City (October 27) and Madrid (October 29).This is the first time for our bureau to affiliate with an overseas association and we believe that it is the first of its kind in Japan.Both cities have a central sacred site associated with a registered UNESCO World Heritage pilgrimage route.
2008 marks the 10th anniversary in celebration of the friendship agreement between Wakayama Prefecture and Galicia Province. We seized on this milestone anniversary as a meaningful start for both cities to share knowledge and experience via our common values.
To start our joint promotion project, we will collaborate to produce pamphlets and an internet website. We are also working together to share ideas about creating high quality sustainable tourism destinations. Thank you Turismo de Santiago de Co…