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Australia Agent FAM in Kumano 2

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.

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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…