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Press Tour: National Geographic Traveler

From February 16th ~20th, Barbara A. Noe, a Senior Editor for National Geographic Travel Books, visited Tanabe City and the Kumano area.
During the tour we covered attractions in Tanabe City, such as the world heritage registered Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, the Kumano Hongu Taishaand traditional Japanese accommodations.


Barbara commented while in Kumano that, in the U.S. the era of economy and technology is fading. People’s interests have shifted more towards spirituality. Kumano’s spirituality within this sacred landscape and unique culture will be a valuable experience to meet their growing needs. However, inconveniences for foreign tourists who don’t understand Japanese are still prominent despite the improvements that Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has made. She hopes Kumano in its entirety will become a kinder site to foreign tourists by improving comprehensive support systems by following the lead of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.We value the comments made by Barbar…

Tanabe City’s Tourism Associations Exchange Meeting

The Tanabe City’s Tourism Associations Exchange meeting was held February 18th & 19th.Tanabe City has 5 different local tourism associations. Each association (including the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau) exchanged business ideas and reports during the meeting. A dinner party was held for members of the associations at Oto Sanyu Kan, where many enthusiastic discussions about the future of tourism in Tanabe City took place.The following morning members hiked Oto Hyakkenzan Keikoku (Oto Hyakkenzan Valley) to inspect Oto’s attractions. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful valley with its wonderful waterfalls and forest.

Christina Oiticica Kumano Kodo Project

The quest for art and expressive ways are infinitive.
In conjuction with the joint promotion project between the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela, the Brazilian artist Christina Oiciticavisited Tanabe City.Her medium is nature’s power. The original artistic technique used by Oiticica –a world-famous artist- is the transformation of what is known as “ecoart” or “land art” combined with painting, and is based on allowing nature to exercise an aesthetic effect on her works.She is married to the famous Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, who wrote the “Alchemist.”Her art can’t be fully explained with words; however, this is the process.She buries her canvas paintings in the earth and leaves them for a certain amount of time.When she buries her art, she covers it with indigenous soil mixed with liquid & powder inks for additional colors. She also puts fallen leaves and dead branches in and around her canvasses. She lets natural phenomena complete her…

Santiago de Compostela & Tanabe City Joint Promotion Press Conference in Tokyo

On February 4th, theTanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela held a press conference outlining their joint promotion project at the Mitsuo Aida Museum in Tokyo. Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela city has many things in common including being a sacred destination of World Heritage Pilgrimage Routes.Approximately 40 Japanese media gathered for this event which included a joint presentation and Q&A session.Part of our promotion project is a joint website currently available in three languages: Spanish, English and Japanesewww.spiritual-pilgrimages.comFlavia Ramil, Turismo de Santiago de Compostela’s Manager of Tourism and Promotion, enthusiastically stated “I am sure this is a great opportunity for both cities to have a mutually positive impact on our cultural and historical heritage, which will attract many high quality tourists from around the world.”Thank you very much to all those that helped put this press conference together.