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Inaugural Press Tour – Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau held its first press tour on October 17th and 18th.  This one night, two day press tour was attended by eight companies, mostly international.  Our bureau spend many weeks organizing and preparing for this tour as it was the beginning of our efforts to promote the Kumano region both domestically and around the world.

Half of the participants arrived from Tokyo by airplane at the Nanki-Shirahama Airport. The remaining members arrived by train from the Osaka area.  We immediately drove to the Ryujin area to watch a Chainsaw art demonstration by Keiji Kikoro, a world champion.  Everyone was enthralled by this powerful and dynamic art form.

We spent the night at the historic Kamigoten Ryokan in Ryujin Onsen.  After a group dinner everyone enjoyed the soothing hot mineral waters.

On day two the group visited the world heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and Kumano Hongu Taisha before returning to Tanabe.  

The last event was an Aikido demonstration and experience.  In October 2008 Tanabe City will hold the 10th International Aikido Congress.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us with this successful icebreaking press tour.  We are looking forward to introducing this special region to many more people!

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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…