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.
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…
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.
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.