Afterwards we visited the World Heritage Kumano Hongu Taisha where a Shinto priest discussed the history of the shrine and etiquette of paying homage. It is usually prohibited to take photos inside the shrine compounds, but special permission was given for this occasion.
We stayed at a Japanese traditional Ryokan in Kawayu Onsen and enjoyed a delicious Japanese dinner.
On the second day of the tour we went to hot springs “Onsen” in Hongu area. One was the natural outside hot spring bath called “Sennin-buro” in Kawayu Onsen and the other was a famous giant outside bath in Watarase Onsen.
The journalists were satisfied with tourism assets in Hongu such as Onsens, Japanese cuisine, and the Kumano’s history of faith. Their final comments were that they would love to return again someday.
The journalists that visited were all from major publishing company in China; “時代報 Metro Express” “中国旅遊報 China Tourism News” and “Shanghai Time Out.”