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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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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…