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New Express Bus Kyoto to Tanabe and Shirahama

New Express Bus Kyoto to Tanabe and Shirahama

There is a new daily Express Bus from Kyoto to Tanabe.  This is a reasonable and convenient way to travel to/from Kyoto and Tanabe. Two busses daily!
Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi Shin-miyako Hotel-mae 8:0017:20 Kii-Tanabe Station 11:2820:48 Shirahama Bus Center 11:5521:15
Shirahama Bus Center 7:1916:58 Kii-Tanabe Station 7:5017:30 Kyoto Station Hachijo-guchi Shin-miyako Hotel-mae 11:1620:56
From Kyoto Shirahama   3,300 yen (One way)5,900 yen (return) Tanabe      3,200 yen (One way)5,700 yen (return)
•Reservations are recommended.  •Tickets Sales: -Meiko bus ticket counters: JR Kii-Tanabe Station, Shirahama bus Center, and Kintentsu Kyoto Station. -You can purchase by telephone and over the internet (in Japanese only). -Family Mart and Lawson convenience stores. •For elementary age children aged 12 and under tickets are half prices.  If the child is able to ride on someone’s lap they can travel for free.
Meiko bus 0739-42-2112 (9:00~18:00)    Kintetsu Bus 06-6618-5…

Moment of silence in Santiago de Compostela

On March 18, in Santiago de Compostela City (Spain) a ceremony was held for the victims and those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

There was a one minute of silence in the Obradoiro Square in front of the Santiago de Compostela cathedral.
Those in attendance were the mayor, other members of the local government, staff of the Turismo de Santiago de Compostela, students from a local school, as well as other community members.
They expressed their sympathies and condolences in this respectful ceremony.
The Kumano Kodo and the Way of St. James are the only two world heritage registered pilgrimage routes and share a special spiritual bond.
Thank you very much for all who attended, the warm heartfelt gesture was appreciated greatly by all those in Japan.
Concello de Santiago >> Galicia online TV >> La Voz de Galicia >>

Message concerning the earthquake and tsunami in the north-east of Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

We have been receiving many messages from people around the world concerned about the situation here. Thank you for your kind thoughts for our safety.

The disaster took place in the north-east of Japan. It was truly catastrophic and heartbreaking.

Our region is further to the south and was unaffected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Everybody is OK here.

Our community, like the rest of the world, is praying for the victims of this disaster.

The Japanese are a very resilient people and the sympathy from countries around the world is amazing.

To come or not to come?

There are many visitors that are planning to visit Japan and the Kumano region that are now unsure of what to do.

We have been discussing this situation with co-workers and people in the community about this same philosophical question, and they all agreed that visiting Kumano now would not be taken as inconsiderate or disrespectful and they would like to welcome, kindheartedly, people to come.…

International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Spain

From March 2nd to 4th 2011, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was invited to speak at the International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Ourense, Galicia Province, Spain and our staff, Ms. Furukubo joined as a presenter.


This is the second International Congress on Thermal Tourism in Galicia, organized by the Galician Government, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), National Tourist Office of Spain, European Union, and other institutions. The 16 participants included Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, Portugal, Hungary, Tunisia, Croatia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, United Arab Emirates and Iceland.  Tanabe city was the sole representative from Japan at this prestigious event.


Government officials & professionals in Spain and thermal & tourism officials from around the world participated in this congress. The presentation with questions and answers took place for 3 days and covered the following topics:
-Developme…

Hotel Hanaya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Hanayahas joined the Kumano Travel community!




Hotel Hanaya is a family run guesthouse in the Nonaka area of Nakahechi village.  There is a beautiful river running behind the property, with rice paddies and a sprawling Japanese garden nearby.  A cottage with an Irori hearth is the focus of the minshuku, where meals are sometimes taken.  In the spring, fireflies dance with the sparks from the fire.  This friendly inn is a popular place to stay for pilgrims and walkers on theKumano Kodo pilgrimage route, as it is located approximately half-way between Takijiri-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha.


Hotel Hanaya reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

Minshuku Nonaka Sanso has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minshuku Nonaka Sansohas joined the Kumano Travel community!   

Minshuku Nonaka Sanso is a family run guesthouse in the Nonaka area of Nakahechi village.  There is a beautiful river running behind the property, with rice paddies and a sprawling Japanese garden nearby.  A cottage with an Irori hearth is the focus of the minshuku, where meals are sometimes taken.  In the spring, fireflies dance with the sparks from the fire.  This friendly inn is a popular place to stay for pilgrims and walkers on theKumano Kodo pilgrimage rote, as it is located approximately half-way between Takijiri-oji and Kumano Hongu Taisha.

Minshuku Nonaka Sanso reservations >> About Kumano Travel >>

National Geographic Guide Book Press Tour

From March 6 to 8, 2011 a writer for the National Geographic Guide Book was in Kumano doing research for the upcoming version due for the release this fall. 

The press tour sponsored by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau covered the Kumano Sanzan sacred sites and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes as well as the onsen in the area: Ryujin Onsen, Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen.
We are looking forward to the updated guide book and believe it will be a valuable resource for those planning a visit to Japan.

La Repubblica features Kumano

"Wakayama, l'anima del Giappone" by Stefania Viti Published by la Repubblica (Italian Newspaper)
Feb, 2011

Note: Stefania Viti joined a press tour in March 2010 that was supported by the  Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.