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JNTO Australia Media FAM trip

Three journalists from Australia accompanied by the PR & media assistant from the Sydney office of the Japan National Tourism Organization visited the Kumano region over the course of the two and a half days including the Nachi and Hongu area.The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported with the Hongu section of the FAM trip.The group spent the night at Adumaya Ryokan in Yunomine Onsen and enjoyed the healing hot spring baths and delicious Japanese cuisine.The following day included a brief photo shoot of Tsuboyu bath, the only hot spring bath that people can bathe in that is registered as UNESCO World Heritage.The media was very impressed with the new Kumano Hongu Heritage Center and all of the quality English language material that was included in the displays.A short walk on the Nakahechi section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route was also a highlight, everybody wanting more time to enjoy the spiritual area.Kumano Hongu Taisha was very supportive and allowed us access to do…

Belgium medium “Le Vif L’express”

Reporters from the Belgium Weekly Newspaper “Le Vif Le’xpress”, (100,000 copies daily) visited Tanabe to write a feature arictle on the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range World Heritage sites and Onsens. It was a pleasure for our Bureau to guide them during their visit. During their visit to Kumano Hongu Taisha, they received a large amount of information to help them understand the faith in Kumano, the history of nature worship, and details about the local Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes which are registered as UNESCO world heritage. They listened intensely to the priest’s explanation about the Kumano Hongu Taisha, the concept of Japanese polytheism, and the manifestation theory in Japanese religion.
Their final destination was Kawayu Onsenwhere one can make their own personal natural onsen by digging in the riverbed.They were very impressed with the unique possibilities of blending Onsen culture and summer activities in the crystal clear river. The photographer…