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JNTO Germany Press Tour in Kumano

On February 6th and 7th, six journalists from Germany representing a variety of media including newspapers, magazines and radio visited the Kumano region on a JNTO press tour.

The tour spent one day exploring the sites and shrines along the Nakahechi section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route including Takijri-oji, Tsugizakura-oji (and the giant cedar trees), Kumano Hongu Heritage Center, and the Kumano Hongu Taisha.  After having lunch at a nearby Michi-no-Eki rest stop, we spent the afternoon walking the pilgrimage route from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha.  On the way to our accommodations at Kawayu Onsen, we made a brief stop at Yunomine Onsen.  The journalists commented that the “sennin-buro” hot spring bath in the Oto River at Kawayu Onsen was a definite highlight of their trip to Japan.

The second day we visited the Kumano Hayatama Taisha and the Kumano Nachi Taisha, including a visit to Seiganto-ji Temple and the Nachi falls.  The group returned to Osaka by train after eating lunch in Katsuura.

Thank you very much to JNTO Germany, JNTO Tokyo, Wakayama Prefecture and everyone else who helped out to make this a successful press tour.  And of course thank you to the journalists who took time out of their busy schedules to visit our isolated part of the planet.  We hope that you will be able to return someday soon.

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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…