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Flight Center Canada FAM in Kumano

From July 23 to 24, 11 staff from Flight Center Canada toured the spiritual Kumano region during a FAM trip sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and JNTO Toronto office.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported this tour.

The participants were a young mix from Toronto and Vancouver.  It was their first time to Japan and all were impressed as Japan being an excellent tourist destination.  The diversity of the larger cities, such as Osaka and Tokyo, and the sacred mountain landscape of Kumano make for a unique cultural holiday.

Many Canadians are looking for an active, immersive holiday and Kumano is perfect for this type of travel according to the participants.  A highlight for the guests was the Kawayu Onsen, were hot spring water bubbles to the surface of the Oto River.  

The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route is not really hiking per se, as it goes through villages and areas with human influence; it is more like trekking from village to village.  Of course some of the routes feature mountain trails, but approaching it as a pilgrimage instead of just hiking is important to meet the expectations of visitors.

Other sites visited were Kiri-no-Sato Takahara Lodge, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumana Hayatama Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha, and Yunomine Onsen.

The James Bond island-like Hotel Urashima was also a fun place to stay.  It is a large hot spring accommodation in the Katsuura Bay.  The views from the guest rooms in the Sanjokan on the top of the island are spectacular, with the Pacific Ocean expanding to the horizon.

Thank you very much to all of those who participated and help organize this FAM trip.

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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…