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CLAIR Paris workshop

On October 26th, Lionel Crooson, a freelance journalist based in Paris, made a presentation at one of CLAIR Paris’s seminars. He introduced the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and their initiatives as a model case on how to positively increase international tourism at a grassroots level.


The theme of workshop was “What to do to attract French tourists to Japan” and a summary document is available on CLAIR Paris’s website (Japanese & French) .

This document introduces the “Tanabe City Gourmet Map” produced by Tanabe Tourist Association, Tanabe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.  

Other initiatives of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau that were mentioned during the seminar were the unique Grassroots Tourism Development Seminars and Communication Workshops, multi-lingual websites and pamphlets, and the background of Brad Towle, our bureau’s International Tourism Promotion and Development Director.

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…