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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 Taisha and 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 Barbara and will continue to work towards opening this special region of Japan to non-Japanese visitors while preserving the spiritual landscape and culture.

Thank you very much Barbara for visiting us here in Kumano.

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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…