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Kumano Symposium

On the 15th of November the Kumano Symposium Sharing Kumano with the World was held by the Tanabe City ATA Association as a part of their Kumano International Destination Guide Project.

Tanabe City ATA Association will offer 7 training sessions from December 2009 to March 2010 for those who are interested in becoming an English guide for foreign tourists.

ATA stands for “Area Tourism Agency,” which is a Japanese comparable institution to DMC “Destination Management Company.”

Tanabe City ATA Association was established in August 2008 with Wakayama prefecture, Tanabe City, Tanabe Chamber of Commerce and Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau under the common purpose to develop Kumano as an International Tourism Destination.




The symposium started off with the Tanabe City mayor’s greeting speech, and then Brad Towle, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, made a presentation titled “Kumano, an International Perspectivethe Importance and Value of Local Guides”. This presentation introduced the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau along with outlining reasons for the need to develop local human resources.



 A panel discussion about the future of “Kumano as an accessible tourism destination” was held with experts from different fields. The session was moderated by Kazuo Takahashi, a Marketing and Distribution Sciences University professor.  Brad Towle, Tim Detmar (who runs and English conversation school in Shingu City), Jiro Shimoyama (the president of Mihatenuyume corporation), and Harumi Kusumoto (the chair person of NPO MiKumano were joined as panelists. They exchanged opinions from their different point of view during the session.



Since the World Heritage registration of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, more people have become aware of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes leading to an increase in foreign independent tourists in Kumano.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau believes that supporting the local population is an integral part of creating a sustainable tourism destination.


7 English Kumano Guide lectures will be held. Details are listed below.

13th DecKumano general information in Japanese and Kumano Mandara Exposition in English
10th JanKumano Kodo Kan, Learning Kumano Kodo from Takijiri-oji to Chikatsuyu-oji in English
24th JanStudying the Kumano Kodo from Chikatsuyu-oji to Hosshinmon-oji in English
7th  Feb Studying the Kumano Kodo from Hosshinmon-oji to Oyunohara in English
21st Feb On-site learning: safety and risk management
7th  Mar Practical training on site
21st Mar Commencement

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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…