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Press Tour: British & German Media

The Sacred Place Kumano and International Aikido Congress
With the corporation of Wakayama Tourism Association and Aikido related parties, a press tour for journalists from England and Germany was arranged to coincide with the Aikido demonstration at the Kumano Hongu Taisha during the 10th International Aikido Congress in Tanabe.
The tour started off from Tanabe, the venue of the International Aikido Congress, visiting the Minakata Kumagusu Archive and Cape Tenjinzaki. The tour then headed to the Hongu area to experience the world heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, Kumano Hongu Taisha, the Wakayama World Heritage Center and local Onsen.
Other sites visited during this tour were the Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Fudarakusan-ji Temple and Kumano Nachi Taisha.
Nine journalists in total joined the tour, three from England and six from Germany.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau would like to take this opportunity to thank all who helped us make this press tour happen.

Photos from the top
1) Tsugizakura-oji
2) Kumano Hongu Taisha
3) Aikido demonstration by the Master of Aikido

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From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…