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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.