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Showing posts from January, 2011

Sydney Morning Herald features the Kumano Kodo

"Path of the Gods"  by Sue Wallace
Published by Sydney Morning Herald
Jan 27, 2011

The Kumano Kodo was featured in a special edition about Japan.

Note: Sue Wallace joined a press tour in September 2009 that was supported by the  Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Fitur 2011 Madrid- Kumano and Santiago de Compostela

Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela held a joint presentation at the Fitur 2011 International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

Date: January 20, 2011
Place: Galicia Provice booth, Pavilion 9
Time: 25 minutes
Speakers: Flavia Ramil, Manager of Tourism Promotion (Turismo de Santiago de Compostela)
Xose Manual Iglesias, Counsellor of Tourism (Santiago de Compostela)
Koichi Miyazawa, Director General of JNTO Paris Office
Brad Towle, Director of International Tourism Promotion and Development (Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau)

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela have been cooperating in a joint promotion project since 2008.  This presentation highlighted some of our activities and introduced our destinations to the world at this prestigious event.

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Kumano - Santiago Joint Promotion in El Mundo

Jan 21, 2011

Santiago de Compostela and Tanabe City's joint promotion presentation in Madrid at the Fitur 2011 International Tourism Fair was described in travel writer Francisco López-Seivane's blog in El Mundo, one of Spain's top newspapers. >>

Hotel Charmant has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Charmanthas joined the Kumano Travel community! 
Hotel Charmant is a small hotel very close to the JR Kii-Katsuura Station.  It has well maintained rooms and is a convenient base for visiting the area and for those beginning/ending a multi-day walk on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to/from Hongu.  There are no evening meals so guests can explore the small restaurants which are famous for their fresh seafood close by.  The friendly owners do not speak any English, but are very hospitable to international visitors. 

Hotel Charmant reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

Mail on Sunday features the Kumano Kodo

"Free your spirit (and indulge your Gadget Man) in topsy-turvy Japan"  by Laura Collins Published by Mail on Sunday
Jan 16, 2011

Note: Laura Collins joined a press tours in October 2008 that was supported by the  Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Mirai Noen Farm Stay has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Mirai Noen Farm Stay has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Tanabe is famous for its orange and ume orchards, many terraced up steep slopes in the mountains that surround the city.  Mirai Noen is a farm located in Akitsuno, a focal point of this rich agricultural center, and has been growing fruits since the Edo period (1603-1868).  In 2007, the community started a home-stay program to open up their homes and lives to outside visitors, sharing their passion for the region.

Mirai Noen Farm Stay reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

Kii-Tanabe City Plaza Hotel has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kii-Tanabe City Plaza Hotel has joined the Kumano Travel community! 
Kii-Tanabe City Plaza Hotel is located on a hill 10 minutes walk from the JR Kii-Tanabe Station.  The lower section of the building is a shopping center with grocery store.  The ocean side rooms have views onto the Tanabe Bay and the Shirahama resort in the distance.  There are western and Japanese restaurants on site as well as a lounge.  Many different kinds of guests stay at this hotel including tourists visiting Shirahama and the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage route because of its convenient location.

Kii-Tanabe City Plaza Hotel reservations >>
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Kumano Aikido in SvD Swedish Magazine

"Aikido öppnar nya dörrar till Japan" by Cenneth Sparby Photos by Brad Towle Published by SvD January 2011

Note: Cenneth Sparby joined one of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's press tours in April 2010.

Tanabe Izakaya in Ulysee

"Sur le zinc du Soleil levant" (in French) by Lionel Crooson
Published by Ulysse
Dec 2010~Jan 2011

Tanabe's traditional Izakaya pub culture is introduced to France in the Ulysee travel magazine.

Japan’s green belt on the Nature Trail in Japan

Travel Journal - Kumano Travel

Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodgehas joined the Kumano Travel community!  

Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge is located in the ridge top village of Takahara along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes overlooking the Hatenashi mountain range.  The panoramic views from the lodge are breathtaking, especially when the valley is filled with morning mist.  It was built in 2007 by the Wakayama Prefectural Government and is made of local wood.  The water for the hot spring bath comes from Wataze Onsen in Hongu.  Many of the ingredients for the delicious meals are produced locally.  Takahara is a very popular destination for photographers.

Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

MInshuku Chikatsuyu has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Chikatsuyuhas joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Chikatsuyu is a small guesthouse located in the Chikatsuyu village along the Tonda River.  The Hisui-no-yu onsen is a hot spring bath next to the inn.  The water is famous for its smooth texture.  Minshuku Chikatsuyu is popular with pilgrims and walkers on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  One of their specialty dishes is ayu (sweet fish) rice.  The view from the dining room opens onto the river and mountains beyond.  This is popular Minshuku because of its quiet and peaceful location.

Minshuku Chikatsuyu reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

Irorian Minshuku has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Irorian Minshuku has joined the Kumano Travel community!    
Irorian Minshuku is an oasis along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.  It is located in the settlement of Nonaka, between Chikatsuyu village and Tsugizakura-oji.  This wooden house was originally built as a small workshop to make bento lunch boxes and homemade miso before being reformed into a guesthouse.  The owners are very knowledgeable about the surrounding area and mountain culture.  There are only two rooms on the second floor for guests, so space is limited.  Meals are served around the Irori hearth.  In the evening the owner shuttles guests to the nearby Hisui-no-yu hot spring bath.

Irorian Minshuku reservations >>
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