For 2 days, from November 19th, a Kumano Kodo Press Tour was held for domestic Japanese media (8 people from 7 companies) with the cooperation of TM office. City tourism officials from both Tanabe City and Totsukawa-mura Village along with the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s staff supported this tour.
The theme of this press tour was “A tour from the secret region of Totsukawa-mura “a village in the sky” to the sacred place “Kumano Hongu” , A healing trip to the hidden Onsen ~get away from everyday life and be healed in an outside Onsen bath, illuminated by lamplight~”
On the 19th the tour visited Tanabe city’s Kumano Hongu Heritage Center to learn about the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. Afterwards, the tour moved to Totsukawa-mura, Nara prefecture, to visit Tamaki-jinja Shrine. Tamaki-jinja Shrine has been said to be the oldest shrine in the Japan. Tamaki-jinja’s Shinto priest spoke about the Mountain faith developed along the Omine Okugake-michi, which had a huge influence on the history of Japanese religion.
The lodging for 19th was at “Kamiyuso” in Kamiyu Onsen, Totsukawa-mura Village. Kamiyuso is located in the isolated Totsukawa-mura region, and offers an unique quality of hot mineral spring water. Onsen water here can make your skin smooth, even your hair! (onsen water usually damages hair cuticle)
The tour participants were all satisfied with the Onsen experience and mountain cuisine at Kamiyuso.
On the 20th, the second day the tour, the group travelled from Totsukawa-mura for the Kumano Kodo Kohechi route, Hatenashi-toge pass. Afterwards they visited the climax point of the Nakahechi route, Fushiogami-oji, by car. From Fushiogami-oji, they walked to Kumano Hongu Taisha.
They then visited one of the oldest traditional Ryokan Inns in Yunomine Onsen called “Adumaya”, which was established in the Edo period. Everyone was impressed with the famous cypress bath. At Adumaya they enjoyed the tasty Onsen porridge meal.
One of the participants commented that “It was a refreshing experience for me to experience nature and meet the people of the area. We would love to come back.”
Thank you for joining our press tour！