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The population of Tanabe City falls below 80,000

Tanabe City half the size compared to five decades ago

The census conducted in 2010 shows the population of Tanabe City fell below 80,000 people. There has been a decrease by over 4.1% compared to 5 years ago. Especially in the 4 mountainous villages (Ryujin-mura, Hongu-cho, Nakahechi-cho, and Oto-mura), the population decreased by half the size compared with fifty years ago. This is a very serious problem for Tanabe city.

The population is in a gradual decline, but as for mountainous area, it is decreasing sharply. 

For solutions to these problems, Mr. Manago, the mayor of Tanabe city, recommended the following:
Branding of the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industry which are key to the city 
Increasing high quality tourism. 
The city government hopes that this will stimulate job growth.

To cope with the declining number of births, the city council will introduce more support programs for parents.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is working hard in conjunction with city officials to create a high quality tourism destination.  With unique initiatives, such as the creation of the Kumano Travel community reservation system, we believe that tourism can bring positive economic growth and job creation. By registering as a travel agent our bureau is taking responsibility for selling tourism products, leading to more money being recycled in our community instead of to larger companies not based locally.  With this also comes job creation.  We hope that tourism can support many more families in Tanabe city and help to reduce the dramatic drop in population.  Without people living in the region, our UNESCO World Heritage registered cultural landscape will disappear.  If you are planning to visit our region in the near future, we ask your cooperation and understanding to travel responsibly by making reservations locally.  Thank you very much in advance.

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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…