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 a photo shoot of the shrine grounds and young priests.
All of the members of this FAM trip stated that the Kumano area is a fantastic area for Australians visiting Japan who are looking for an active, immersive cultural experience.