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Japan Travel Bureau Foundation

Japan Travel Bureau Foundation


On March 26th the Japan Travel Bureau Foundation visited Tanabe City to interview the Tanabe City KumanoTourism Bureau.

"Japan Travel Bureau Foundation Background:

●The Foundation's Mission
To contribute to the sound and sustained growth of travel and tourism and, by working for the general advance of the travel and tourism industries, to serve society.

●The Range of Activities
As our non-profit activities, we operate the Travel Library, engage in independent research, hold seminars and symposiums, and issue publications, all as part of our multi-faceted support of those engaged in tourism-related businesses.

We are one of the few Japanese think tanks or consultancies specializing in the travel and tourism industries, drawing upon our own considerable store of accumulated information and know-how, and upon our association with the JTB Group. This positions us to undertake market research services at the nation-wide and international levels, to provide…

Akan Tourism Association Interview

Akan Tourism Association Interview


On March 25th the Akan TourismAssociation & Community Development Promotion Organization from north-west Hokkaido visited Tanabe City to interview the Tanabe City Kumano TourismBureau.
The Onsen village of Akan sites on the coast of beautiful lake Akan in the Akan National Park, Hokkaido's oldest.
This village is looking for ways to increase international visitors and was looking for hints and advice from our office.
There is an increase interest in our new model for community based, sustainable tourism development from the across Japan, and we are thrilled to share some of our experiences with other cities and regions, to help put tourism on a new track in Japan's countryside.

Kinan 100 People Book Release

Kinan 100 People Book Release


The local Kiminpo newspaper has published a book featuring 100 influential people of Kinan, the southern part of Wakayama Prefecture.
In Japanese the book is called 「紀南の100人」.
The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was honored to have two members of their association included, Ms. Tada Noriko the Director, and Brad Towle, the InternationalTourism Promotion and Development Director.
It is a collection of the newspaper articles spanning two years from January 2011 to December 2012, that were printed every Sunday

Leisa Tyler Press Tour

Leisa Tyler Press Tour


From March 19th to 21st, Wakayama sponsored a Press tour for Leisa Tyler. The TanabeCity Kumano Tourism Bureau supported the tour during her visit.

Leisa Tyler is an Australian/British travel writer and photographer who has been living and travelling in Asia since 1998.

The tour visited sites along the KumanoKodo pilgrimage routes, Takijiri-oji, Takahara, Tsugizakura-oji, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano NachiTaisha. Hot springs such as Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen and KatsuuraOnsen were also featured.

Thank you very much to all of those who participated and helped organized this press tour.

Leisa, thank you for visiting. We are looking forward to your articles and wish you luck with your truly worthwhile projects, especially those dedicated to the preservation of the Mekong and its biodiversity.

Saturday Seminar at Tanaberu

Saturday Seminar at Tanaberu


On March 16th Brad Towle, the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau presented at the Saturday Seminar at Tanaberu. 

This is a presentation series focused on community development themes open to the general public. 

The talk was 2 hours long (14:00~16:00) with the theme of "Kumano, towards a sustainable tourism destination open to world". 

The discussion touched on the side of tourism that most people do not get to see, the planning, systems, marketing, and vision development. 

Thank you very much to the Tanabe City Lifelong Learning Department for inviting us to share our projects and philosophies.  The local people are an integral part of tourism and we were so happy to meet those that joined the seminar.

2013 Wakayama Tourism Advisory Meeting

2013 Wakayama Tourism Advisory Meeting

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, serves as tourism advisor to the Wakayama Prefecture.

Two members from our bureau are advisors the only association with two voices, Tada Noriko, Bureau Director and Brad Towle, International Tourism Promotion and Development Director.
This year's meeting took place on March 15, 2013 in Wakayama City.
Tourism is an important part of the Wakayama economy and we hope that a long-term visionary stance is taken by the government officials, especially regarding the sacred sites of Kumano and Koyasan.

Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu has joined the Kumano Travel community!


Kokuu is a guesthouse in Koyasan, a mountain top Buddhist village and sacred site.  It is located on the east side of town near the Nakanohashi entrance to the atmospheric Okunoin cemetery.  The friendly, young owner has intimate local knowledge having grown up in Koyasan in a Buddhist family. The building is an original design, with a simple exterior and striking interior.  When you enter through the sliding doors a distinct white hallway leads down the center of the building, open to a criss-cross of rafters and skylights.  On the right is a cosy sitting area with wood burning stove.  On the left is a welcoming bar.  Further down the hall are doors to guestrooms (single "mountain" capsules, double, and triple rooms), toilets, and showers.  Koyasan Guesthouse Kokuu has the feel of a designer mountain cabin.  It is a unique option for those wishing to see Koyasan and not necessary wanting to stay in a temple.


Koy…

Tanabe City in Kansai Scene Magazine

Tanabe City in Kansai Scene Magazine

“Secret discovery”
Text: Alena Eckelmann
Published by Kansai Scene Magazine
March, 2013


"Tanabe City is best known for being the gateway to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails, yet this former castle town has much more to offer...

The majority of visitors pass through Tanabe on their way to the Nakahechi, one of five ancient pilgrimage trails that lead to the Kumano Sanzan – the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano. Little do they know that this historic town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean is worth some exploration and even an overnight stay. Let me explain why.

For a start, downtown Tanabe still exudes the flair of the castle town that it was for 400 years. The Meiji Era reformers did away with the fortress, but the city was spared from destruction during World War II and hence there are still a great number of machiya (traditional townhouses) and yashiki (former samurai residences), not to mention a dozen shrines and temples all in the vicinity of the c…

Kumano Kodo featured in Estilo G by hsm

Kumano Kodo featured in Estilo G by hsm

"Kumano Kodo: Llamando a las puertas del paraiso" Text: Jesus Fernandez-Miranda Published by Estilo G by hsm March, 2013

Diario siglo XXI featured Kumano