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, especially the farm stay program.
Thank you to all of the participants, it was a truly enjoyable tour for all of those involved.
Here are some guests from participants regarding the farm stay:
Friendly I like the atmosphere. It was like my own home.
It was a great way to see another Japan than the one we usually see.
The host families were very kind and it was great opportunity to closely feel Japanese culture.
It’s laid back, and it gives you a window into Japanese rural culture.
Can feel the Japanese family warmth atmosphere
I think anyone who loves nature will enjoy the farm stay a lot. Far away from the city for a while, can be very refreshing and release the stress.
Host Family are really warm people. So happy to meet them.
If I am enjoying it, so the other people also will enjoying it too. People who love nature & countryside will love this kind of experiences.
It was a good chance to experience a different (real) side of Japan that many tourists will never get a chance to.
It is completely different to a normal stay and adds a unique twist to your trip to Japan.
A pressure-free chance to interact with the local people.
An experience I will cherish for a long time, and I could tell the family would also.
The hospitality at our family was beautiful.
I felt truly blessed to be welcomed into their home, and whilst no special exceptions were made, it was 'imperfectly perfect' and I felt like one of the family.
a great way to get a sense for the local people and culture.
It’s a unique experience and a great way to get a sense for the culture as it is actually lived out.
Chance to stay in a typical home and see the working lifestyle too.