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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 paid homage at the Kumano Hongu Taisha and Oyunohara. They walked the Dainichigoe section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to Yunomine Onsen. After the walk they had Yakuzen Ryouri (Medicinal dishes) at Ryokan Kameya.

It was a very busy but productive press tour and we thank those who cooperated to make it all possible.

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