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BBC - Travel - Slideshow - Japan's ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage

Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Star Gate Hotel Kansai Airport is the iconic landmark in Rinku Town, at the entrance to the bridge connecting Kansai Airport (KIX) island to the mainland.The 54 story building towers into the sky offering panoramic scenes from every window. There are a diversity of restaurants: Shabu-shabu, Japanese, Chinese, and Izakaya pub.The well-loved breakfast buffet is served on the top floor, a great selection with a top-of-the-world perspective.It is walking distance to the nearby Factory Outlet shopping mall, featuring many brand stores and electronics shop.With its brilliant location, excellent rooms, reasonable rates, awesome views, and close proximity to KIX and shopping, it is well deserving of its statues as the premier airport hotel for Osaka.

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Fire & Water, Outdoor Japan Traveler Magazine features Wakayama's summer spotlights

Workshop: Japan Travel Bureau Foundation.

Brad Towle, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau's International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, was invited to be the main speaker at the annual Japan Travel Bureau Foundation's workshop on June 26th and 27th.
This seminar covered many subjects, but focused on the techniques, philosophies, and way of thinking in regards to tourism development, especially at the community level.
There was much interest in the Kumano Travel local travel agency projects.
The workshop was attended by over 20 people from all across Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
Thank you very much for inviting us and we wish all of the participants good luck with their future endeavors.

Ryokan Tabanakan has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Tabanakan is a family-run Ryokan inn located in the central settlement of Totsukawa Onsen.It was the first accommodation in the area with a history of over 100 years, the currently owners being the 4th generation.The facility has been rebuilt and modified over time but retains the atmosphere of a welcoming, well-managed, highly-respected establishment.Meals highlight the regional culture and ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible; dishes such as mountain vegetables, river fish, wild boar, and deer reflect this culinary ethic—source local, eat local. The baths are 100% non-circulating high quality hot spring water, including one for private use open to the sky.

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Blog Entry, These are not snow monkeys

Blog Entry, These are not snow monkeys

These are not snow monkeys
By: Tony Jarrett
Posted: July 2nd
A blog entry about a visitor's experience to Kawayu Onsen.
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Comments from Guests

Comments from Guests

We have had many positive comments from guests visiting the sacred Kumano region and would like to share some of them with you.


Australia, Male Jun, 2013
Generally very good, especially the personal attention and responses from staff to my individual questions. It was very helpful and much appreciated. I will bve recommending this area and the Tourism Bureau to anyone who asks.

USA, Female
Jun, 2013
It's a fabulous site. We firmly believe we wouldn't have had nearly as wonderful of an experience as we did in Japan without having access to the maps and information from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau/Kumano Travel site and reservation system.

France, Female
Jun, 2013
Many thanks again for your help and for your website which is extremely helpful.

USA, Female
Jun, 2013
The site was immensely beneficial. We would not have had such a wonderful trip or visit without access to the information and services this site provides. We used the audio guide to better understand…

Ogigahama Beach has opened for the season.

Ogigahama Beach has opened for the season.


Ogigahama beach is famous for its easy access location from JR Kii-Tanabe Station and good change-room and shower facilities. The beach is open until September 1st.

This is an excellent option to spend the relaxing and enjoyable summer day and into the evening in Tanabe. 

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