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Monitor tour featuring farm stay

Monitor tour featuring farm stay
For three days from January 27 to 29, 2012 the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau help a monitor tour for non-Japanese.  The focus of the tour was to try out new tourism products and experiences and gain valuable feedback to improve them for future visitors.  20 people from Belgium, Iran, Australia, Sweden, UK, Indonesia, US, China, and Canada joined the tour.
The first night was to stay at a Farm just inland from the coast in Tanabe City.  This area is famous for its oranges and ume production.  There were 8 host families and offered a variety of experiences for guests including picking oranges on the terraced fields. 
The tour also stayed at a Ryokan in KawayuOnsen where guests bathed in the sennin-buro bath in the Oto river.  A guided walk on the Kumano Kodopilgrimage route from Hosshinmon-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha was also a highlight.
The feedback that we received was very insightful and we hope to use this to improve the areas tourism infrastructure…

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Kawayu Kinokuni has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kawayu Kinokuni has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Kawayu Kinokuni is a Japanese style business-like hotel associated with Kawayu Midoriya Hotel.  The rooms are Japanese style featuring large comfortable futon beds.  There is a hot spring bath in the hotel as well as in the river. Guests can also use the bathing facilities at Kawayu Midoriya for no extra charge.  A continental breakfast service is available in the lobby and other meals are served at Kawayu Midoriya in the basement floor which features large windows looking onto the river.  Guests can also use the Kumano Kodo run by Kawayu Midoriya.

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Muryoko-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Muryoko-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Muryoko-in, which means immeasurable light, is a temple in Koyasan with a history of over 1000 years.  It is dedicated to Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life;  the light of Amida's wisdom and the life of his compassion are boundless.  The older facilities at Muryoko-in enhance the feel of this classic temple stay experience.  The silent garden and pond behind the temple joins seamless with the forest, and inspires guests with each glance.  The highlight of a stay here is the morning ceremony with its hypnotizing esoteric morning rituals.

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Nan-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Nan-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Nan-in is an immaculate temple north of the Tourist Information Center, near the Tokugawa Reidai Mausoleum and Nyonindo women’s hall.  It is marked by a large tree in the entrance way and has elegant gardens scattered throughout the grounds, which can been seen from the hallways and many of the guestrooms.  The quiet solitude of these refined green spaces is soothing to the soul. The fierce glare of a giant dragon painted on the ceiling of the main hall looms over worshippers.  Legend has it that if you clap under its menacing scowl you can make it roar.  The sacred space of the special guestroom highlights the temple’s traditional sensibilities.

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Fudo-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Fudo-in Temple has joined the Kumano Travel Community!

Fudo-in is a temple in the holy Koyasan Buddhist mountain retreat.  It is located off of the main road between the Visitor center and Okunoin cemetery.  It is a smaller temple in the upper end of a tiny valley surrounded by forest.  The long entrance from the main road is marked by a stone post.  Fudo-in is well known for its refined, welcoming atmosphere and peaceful setting, perfect for meditating.  The separate "Hanare" rooms offer splendid views of the garden; secluded spiritual luxury. 

This temple takes its name after Fudomyoo, the immovable mantra king, a ferocious and menacing guardian deity who personifies compassion with firmness.  He has the power to crush all obstacles and troubles, destroy illusions, and defeat selfishness and weakness, helping devotees attain Buddhahood in the present lifetime.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

We are looking forward to hosting many guests in 2012 explore the spiritual Kumano landscape.

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau featured in Kansai Scene

Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau featured in Kansai Scene
"The road from past to future" Text: Sally McLaren Photos: Albie Sharp Published by: Kansai Scene Jan 1, 2012

The history of Kumano Kodo is the history of ancient Japan. In making the place accessible to visitors from the 21st century, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau has reinvented the art of local promotion.
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