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Shanghai Media Press Trip

On November 3rd and 4th, three journalists from Shanghai newspapers visited the area to cover tourism sites in Wakayama Prefecture. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Wakayama Prefectural officials supported their trip.

We began the tour of the area with an introductory visit to the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center. There were impressed with the rich contents of exhibitions which are written in both English and Japanese. A very informative lecture by a local guide was very well received by the journalists.

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.”


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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…