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Press Tour: Guillaume Loiret

Guillaume Loiret, a freelance writer from France, joined our Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau for 4 days from March 18th.

It was a busy press tour that covered many spots in the Kii Peninsula including Ryujin Onsen, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, Kii-Katsuura and an Izakaya experience in Ajikoji.

Mr. Loiret was very interested in the traditional umeboshi production so we worked in a last minute visit to two umeboshi companies, Nakata Food Co., Ltd. and Kihouen Co., Ltd.

According to Mr. Loiret, there were many possibilities for articles from this trip, and an article for the Wasabi magazine in France focusing on ume production in Tanabe will be the first to be published.

Ume = a apricot like fruit often translated as plum. They are a specialty of the Tanabe region.

Umeboshi = pickled ume.

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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…