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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 unique tourism initiatives, especially concerning inbound tourism.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau offered to support and consult Hiraizumi in this regard.

Future possibilities for joint promotion projects were also discussed.

Congratulations to Hiraizumi and thank you for the wonderful hospitality showed to us.  

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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…