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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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