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Tanabe City Visits Santiago

On September 26th and 27th the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and the Wakayama Prefecture Government visited the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.


The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela have been working together during joint promotion since 2008.  The Kumano Kodo and the Way of St. James are the only two pilgrimage routes registered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

During this trip we met with officials from the Galicia Government and the City of Santiago de Compostela. 

We are working towards creating joint posters and panels highlighting these two sacred routes, which was the focus of this trip.

Thank you very much for the always hospitable welcome from the City of Santiago de Compostela and we are looking forward to hosting a visit from you again in the near future.

Joint Promotion site: www.spiritual-pilgrimages.com

Wakayama Prefecture at Top Resa

Wakayama Prefecture, Nara, Osaka and Kansai International Airport were a joint delegation in the Japan booth at the Top Resa in Paris, France from September 20th to 23rd.  The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was a member of this group.
There was much interest in the Kansai area of Japan including the isolated sacred sites of Koyasan and Kumano, two popular sites for French visitors to Japan.

What is IFTM Top Resa?
IFTM Top Resa is France’s international travel and tourism trade fair. The industry’s leading event for networking, doing business, innovating and keeping abreast of market developments, the exhibition offers a 360° panorama of the travel industry, covering all sectors: leisure, business and events.

Spanish Journalist Press Tour in Kumano

For four days starting from September 2, a Journalist from the Spanish Newspaper El Mundo visited the Kumano region for a press tour.

The Kumano Kodo and Way of St. James are the only two pilgrimage routes registered as UNESCO World Heritage. 
The Kumano Kodo has become very popular with not only the Spanish but also many European countries including France, Germany, and England.
This press tour was a joint venture by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and the Wakayama Prefecture government.  JNTO also helped organize this tour.

Toronto Star features Kumano

"A journey to Japan`s deep woods" by C. James Dale Published by the Toronto Star Print and Web Sept 2, 2011

Beginning of article: TANABE CITY, JAPAN—We could hear the haunting cry of the conch as we trudged up the long, stone staircase. Once we arrived at the sombre, thatched-roof pavilions that form the heart of the Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the Grand Shrines that draws the faithful and the curious to this part of Japan, we discovered the source of the sound. A group of Shugendo monks — whose spirituality mixes Shintoism, Buddhism, Taoism, and animism — had recently arrived to worship after a trek through the lush hills and valleys of the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama prefecture.
“You can tell from the mud on their boots they’ve spent the last little while hiking in the woods,” said Brad Towle, a Canadian who works for a local tourism bureau and is tasked with luring international travellers here.
The monks, their robes accented with fur and beads and tiny black hats, prayed, chant…

Hotel Seamore has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Hotel Seamore has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Hotel Seamore is one of the main hotels in the Shirahama resort town.  It is located to the south of the Shirarahama beach, famous for its white sand.  The hotel is positioned on a cliff overlooking the ocean allowing for expansive, scenic views from the hot spring baths, restaurant, and many rooms.  The sunsets here are known as some of the best in Japan.  There are a diversity of rooms including Japanese, Western and mixed styles.  The outdoor baths feature large barrels that were used for pickling Japanese ume apricots, some of which are over 100 years old.  Hotel Seamore is referred to as "Umedaru Onsen" or "Ume barrel hot spring" because of this. Soaking in one of these authentic and unique onsen baths is a highlight for many visitors.   Meals include high quality seafood such as the "Kue" fish (longtooth grouper), a local delicacy.


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