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Rough Guide visits Kumano

From February 7th to 10th, Sally McLaren, freelance writer and contributor to the Rough Guide Japan, and photographer joined a press tour sponsored by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.  Currently Kumano is not mentioned in the guide book but is planned to be introduced the next edition as a newly discovered off-the-beaten-path destination for those interested in Japanese culture and nature. 

We visited multiple places throughout the duration of the tour included an Izakaya Japanese pub in Tanabe, sites along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, Ryujin Onsen, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Kumano Hongu Taisha and the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center.  The tour also visited the other two grand shrines of Kumano: Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha. The ume blossoms in Tanabe were in full bloom and provided a great chance for some photos.

We covered a lot of ground and we are glad that we had the chance to meet Sally and introduce her to the region.  

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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…