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Press Tour: Ray Bartlett








Ray Bartlett, a travel writer and producer of the “Onsen Japan” website, toured Kumano for 3 days starting from March 22nd.

He was very interested in Onsen and we visited Ryujin Onsen,Yunomine Onsen,Kawayu Onsen and Kii-Katsuura. He is well versed in the Japanese Onsen culture and thoroughly enjoyed his soothing soaks. In fact, we bathed in Onsens several times during the day, throughout the tour!

On the last day we visited the charcoal kilns at the “Kishu Binchotan” (Kii Peninsula Bincho charcoal made from Quercus phillyraeoides). We covered the history and process of making this famous product. During the moment the red hot charcoal was removed from the kiln, he commented that, “it is such an honor to watch the traditional process of making Binchotan charcoal by such skilled craftsman.”


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