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.