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Kumano Kodo Wins Yomiuri Travel Itinerary Award


As part of its 135th anniversary celebrations, the Daily Yomiuri Newspaper invited readers to submit travel plans incorporating at least one of the 100 Landscapes of Heisei sites. This travel contest, run by the Yomiuri Shimbun, was called the "35 Routes on the Islands of Four Seasons." There were a total of 533 travel plans received from readers aged 11 to 88. 10 Merit Awards and 24 Selected Works were chosen along with the grand winner.

“Visiting the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route and 3 Grand Shrines” by Brad Towle, (the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director) was chosen as one of the top itineraries and received one of the prestigious Merit Awards. Large thanks for the translation goes out to Eiyo Noriko and Urano Yasuyuki.
“I was thrilled to hear the news that the Kumano Kodo and the Grand Shrines of Kumano tour itinerary was chosen as one of the top destinations for people to rediscover Japan. The Kumano region is naturally and culturally rich and diverse, and considered by many to be the spiritual roots of the country. I am honored that I was able to introduce this isolated sacred site to people within Japan and around the world.” stated Brad in an interview after receiving the award.






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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

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…