～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.