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.