On January 29th, 2010, 26 participants from the Travel and Tourism Bureau in Shandong Province Government, media and travel agents from
China, visited for promotion and inspection purposes. The Tanabe City Tourism Bureau and Wakayama Prefectural officials supported their visit to the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center and the Kumano Hongu Taisha. Wakayama Prefecture
First, we began the tour of the area with an introduction of the
by its director. A local guide spoke about the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and then a question-and-answer session took place. Kumano Hongu Heritage Center
The chief priest in Kumano Hongu Taisha spoke briefly. Participants said that they were deeply impressed by the special appearance and peaceful atmosphere of the grand shrine.
We would like to thank the Shandong Province Government for taking the time to visit our area, and we hope that they will be able to return someday soon.