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Iseya has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Iseya  has joined the Kumano Travel community!                 

Iseya is closed from the end of 2011.

Iseya Ryokan is in the center of Yunomine Onsen featuring steamy thermal baths and decorated with seasonal flower arrangements.  These Ikebana art works are prepared by the Okami landlady who collects flowers from the surrounding mountains.  Because of this Iseya Ryokan is often referred to as "Hana ya Ki no Yado" or "Flower and Tree Inn".  Iseya Ryokan is a long-standing lodging established in 1772 and was totally remodeled in 1991.  The dining area features "Horigotatsu" style seating with sunken areas beneath the tables for comfortable leg room.

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Kumano featured in "Essence of Japan" Newsletter

Organization of Kansai Unity, Newsletter “Experience, the Essence of Japan” Vol.21 (2011/8/03)
This newsletter introduces various tourist attractions in the Kansai region of Japan, including information related to history, culture, nature, latest shopping trends and entertainment.
Contents: 1. Kansai's sightseeing spots recommended by foreigners living in Kansai: Introduction to Kumano Kodo (ancient pilgrimage routes) in Wakayama and local features.

☆ Kansai's sightseeing spots recommended by foreigners living in Kansai
Sightseeing spots introduced in this issue are recommended by Brad Towle, the International Tourism and Promotion Director for the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau in Wakayama Prefecture.  Originally from Canada, Brad has been living and working in the area for over 10 years.
◇ Ancient Kumano Region
Kumano is an ancient name for the southern portion of the Kii Peninsula.  It is a mountainous region with a rugged coastline, crisscrossed with historic pilgrimage rout…

Directours agent FAM trip

From August 2~6 the French travel company Directours toured Wakayama Prefecture including Koyasan and Kumano.  This tour was sponsored and supported by the Wakayama Prefectural Government and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

Koyasan is a Buddhist community in the northern mountains of Wakayama and very popular with French visitors.  Recently the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were featured in the newly published Michelin Green Guide to Japan receiving the top rating of three stars, making it a must see for French visitors to Japan.  Also featured in this prestigious guide book are Yunomine Onsen, Katsuura Onsen, and Totsukawa Onsen.

Directours is very interested in introducing these isolated sacred sites and hot springs in the Kumano region.

We hope that Directours enjoyed their FAM trip to the area and have now more of an idea of the possibilities of what the region has to offer to French visitors looking for the spiritual origins of Japan.

Hiraizumi and Kumano joint promotion meeting

On June 25, 2011 the Temple of Hiraizumi was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  

The cities of Hiraizumi and Tanabe are sister cities based on the legendary warrior monk Mukashibo Benkei.  Benkei was born in Tanabe, and Hiraizumi was where he died protecting his master, Yoshitsune.

Now with both cities featuring World Heritage sites, new similarities and opportunities to work together have emerged.  Tanabe features sections of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes of the Kii Mountain Range”.

To congratulate and support Hiraizumi and the Tohoku region, a delegation from Tanabe City, including staff of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, visited the area from August 1 to 3.

We met with the Mayor and staff of the Tourism Promotion section of Hiraizumi city hall to discuss many subjects, including the changes caused by World Heritage designation, and the responsibilities of balancing tourism with preservation.

Tanabe City has been widely featured in domestic media for its uniq…