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Camino de Kumano

"Camino de Kumano: Un viaje a pie por las entranas de la eternidad" by Eva Nicolas Amoros

Published in Altair by Revista Altair: A Spanish language Travel Magazine.

May/June 2010

Dutch Tour Company TAO FAM trip in Hongu

On May 30, Mrs. Drs. Leydy Lubbers from TAO Japan Specialists in Amsterdam visited the Hongu area. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported her with a one day FAM trip.

The short tour included walking on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and visiting accommodations in Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen and Hongu.

Leydy has visited many other parts of the country in her 20 plus years of selling Japan to the Dutch market but this was her first visit to Kumano. She said that it was fun to explore new areas of this diverse country.

Thank you for the visit and we are looking forward to hosting more guests from Holland in the near future.

Fuji TV Mezamashi Doyobi features Tanabe City

On May 29, Fuji TV Mezamashi Doyobi, a popular morning program shown across the entire country, featured Tanabe City as their travel destination. (20 minutes)

Announcer Midori Matsuo travelled from Kii-Tanabe station along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to Kumano Hongu Taisha. She stayed in Yunomine Onsen at Adumaya Ryokan.

The focus of the program was the increasing popularity of Kumano and the high quality tourism development facilitated by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

For the last half of the program Midori was guided by Brad Towle, the region's international tourism promotion and development director.

Thank you Midori and the team from Fuji TV, it was tons of fun filming this program.

Koyasan to Kumano Bus, July 17 to August 31, 2010

Kumano Kotsu bus company (Japanese site) is running a bus from Koyasan to Kumano twice daily from July 17 to August 31, 2010.

This is an excellent way to link up these two sacred sites.  Stops include Ryujin Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Shingu Station and Kii-Katsuura Station.

The bus schedule can be found on the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's website.
The bus timetable is number 7.5.

This service requires a reservation so please book ahead if you can.  The information centers and lodgings should be able to help you.  The day before is sufficient.

World's top five walks, Kumano Kodo

"World’s top five walks" by Julie Ihle Published by ninemsn: one of Australia’s most popular websites. May, 2010
Kumano Kodo is included in the World's top five walks. Note: Julie Ihle visited us in September 2009.

Seelenreise auf dem Pilgerweg

"Seelenreise auf dem Pilgerweg" by Daniela Kebel Published by WZ Westdeutsche Zeitung: A daily newspaper in Germany with a circulation of over 200,000. May 9th, 2010 Note: Daniela Kebel visited us in February 2010.

Kumano Hongu Rent-a-Bicycle Now Open

Kumano Hongu Rent-a-Bicycle

This service is great for those who want to explore the Hongu area by bike. It is a very convenient service as you can rent the bicycle from the Kumano Hongu Heritage Centerand then drop it off at other locations, including the surrounding hot spring sites: Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen and Wataze Onsen.
Rental Fee: ¥1,500 / day (Flat fee for one day rental.) ※Includes helmets, lock & insurance.
Rental Time: 8:30~17:00, Open year round
Rental Age: 13 years & older
Return Sites: ▫ KumanoHonguHeritageCenter ▫ Kawayu Onsen (Kawayu Midoriya Hotel) ▫ Yunomine Onsen (Adumaya Ryokan) ▫ Wataze Onsen (Kurhaus Kumano Hongu) ※ Closed Thursdays ▫ Michi-no-Eki OkuKumano Kodo Hongu
Bicycle Type: 24 inch battery assisted (Extra power when pedaling!) Battery times; strong mode ~17km, auto mode ~32 km Pedals like normal bicycle. ※ No need for drivers license.
Course Maps: 2, 3 & 4 hour recommended routes Courses visit hot springs, sites along the World Heritage Kumano Kodo Pilgrim…

Camino,the other road

"Kumano, the other road" by Alonso De Curueno Iberia Excelente in-flight magazine April, 2010 Note: Pictures were contributed by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Weekend Journal Asia visits Tanabe City

On May 5th a senior copy editor from the Dow Jones Newswires met with Brad Towle, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau’s International Tourism & Promotion Director to discuss tourism in Kumano.  He is working on a feature of the Hongu area for the Weekend Journal Asia, a publication of the Wall Street Journal Asia.
The discussion covered tourism initiatives towards foreign tourists and the goals and philosophies of the bureau.  Some personal episodes concerning interact with foreign visitors and the local population were shared.
The target audience of the magazine are foreign nationals living in Asia, mostly with business orientated jobs.  We believe Tanabe City, especially the hot spring areas of Kawayu Onsen and Yunomine Onsen are a great destination for those looking for a place to experience Japanese culture and relax in an off-the-beaten-path location.

Isao Sawa from “Sawanoya Ryokan” visits Tanabe City

On April 27th, NPO Information Resource Center Tanabe hosted a lecture by Mr. Isao Sawa who is chosen as one of the 100 Tourism Charisma Ambassadors (Japanese site) by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The event took place in Kii Tanabe City Plaza Hotel.
(Lecture meeting PDF link, Japanese)
The title of this lecture was “Hospitality to foreign tourists in local areas ~Town development through attractive accommodations~”.
In the lecture, he humorously spoke about his experiences of revitalizing the failing Sawanoya Ryokan in downtown Tokyo which now has a 90 percent occupancy rate’s.They did this by welcoming the foreign tourists from different culture and custom.
In addition, he spoke about his theory that it is essential for tourism development to not only focus on individual Ryokan, but the whole area's hospitality towards tourists must be developed.

After the lecture, we were honored to have Mr. Sawa visit the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and listen …