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Wakayama Prefecture’s Press Tour in Tanabe City

On March 25th and 26th, WAKAYAMA KISHUKAN, the Tokyo branch office of the Wakayama Tourism Division, invited 12 Japanese media companies (16 people) from Tokyo for a press tour. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported them in TanabeCity.

The theme of tour was “Relaxing Wakayama Story~My Secret Travel in Sacred Kumano~.
The first day, they visited the Minakata Kumagusu Archives and his residence before heading to Takijiri-oji, “the gateway to the sacred Kumano mountains” where the World Heritage portion of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimages route Nakahechi section begins.
The tour then toured the “Kodo-Aruki-no-Sato Chikatsuyu”, a new facility with convenient bus shuttle service for short walks on the pilgrimage route in the Chikatsuyu area which recently opened. The tour stayed at “Organic Hotel Kiri-no-Sato Takahara”. The next morning, they were surprised to see a wonderful sea of clouds in the valley below.  Kiri-no-Sato means “village in the fog”, because of this often seen phenom…

Italian Press Tour in Wakayama

Three freelance journalist from Italy visited Wakayama Prefecture the last week of March and beginning of April.  They were in the Kumano region for three days and visited the Kumano Sanzan shrines, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Katsuura Onsenand the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.  They were also very interested in the connection of Kumano and Aikido, Tanabe City being the birthplace of Ueshiba Morihei, the founder of the martial art.
The journalists were very impressed with the beauty and spiritual culture of the region. The articles are scheduled to appear in La Repubblica, one of the largest media outlets in Italy later this year.

Tanabe City, Kumano Kodo Guide Magazine

The long-awaited Japanese language guide magazine “World Heritage Nakahechi Route & Tanabe City Guide” is now on sale nationwide at major bookshops. The publishing company is Diamond-Big Co.,Ltd., known as “GLOBE- TROTTER TRAVEL GUIDEBOOK”.  This was a project speared headed by the TanabeCity government.

The guide magazine focuses on the Nakahechi section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route introducing walking courses. This magazine also includes information about the Kumano Sanzan, traditional festivals, onsens, natural environment and local cuisine. It is AB size, 128 pages and the price is 840 yen.

In addition, a 16 page leaflet consisting of Asian and Euro-American languages was published for foreign tourists. One version features English, Chinese and Korean and the other English, French and Spanish.
This was an excellent project and we hope that visitors find the new materials useful.

ISBN 978-4-478-07071-0 (Japanese Edition)
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Japan's Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail |

"Japan's Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trail" by Barbara NoePublished by March 18th, 2010 Note: Barbara Noe was a member of one of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's press tours.

The Japanese gods behind the gates

"The Japanese gods behind the gates" by Barbara Noe Published by the Sunday Telegraph March 21st, 2010

Note: Barbara Noe was a member of one of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's press tours.

Daily Telegraph – A Pilgrim’s Progress in Japan