From July 20 to 22, 10 travel agents toured the spiritual Kumano region during a FAM trip sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and JNTO Sydney office. The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported this tour. This was the second of two tours in the region.
Because of Typhoon 6 the tour was rearranged a few days but after rescheduling the tour visited the area as planned.
The onsen and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were the main features of this press tour, including Yunomine Onsen and Kawayu Onsen. One night was also included at Shirahama Onsen, a beach resort on the west side of the Kii Peninsula.
There was strong interest in the area, especially as an FIT destination for visitors looking for a slow, relaxing cultural immersive trip. The possibilities for walking tours on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes was also seen as a great way to incorporate an activity into a holiday.
We were happy to host this group and hopefully more Australian visitors will be able to experience this lovely area of the country in the future.