On 19th October the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and officials from Totsukawa-mura Village in Nara Prefecture toured to inspect sites to possibly be included in our upcoming domestic press tour. Tanabe City is working hard to push the barriers with tourism promotion by joining force with neighboring regions.
Tamaki-jinja Shrine is known for its exorcism benefit, which is very rare in Japan. During our tour of the shrine compound we all had the honor of viewing beautiful paintings on sliding cedar doors, which are designated the national important cultural properties. The Shinto priest of the shrine gave us a lecture about Japanese ancient mountain worship developed on the Omine Okugakemichi route which runs from Yoshino to Hongu. After the lecture we paid homage to Mt. Tamaki which is surrounded by sacred giant trees.
Scenic vistas of the Hatenashi mountain range and a visit to the attractive secret onsen of Totsukawa, Kamiyu Onsen, completed the day. On our way back to Tanabe, we made a short visit to Kumano Hongu Heritage Center to see Kumano Kodo related exhibitions.