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Showing posts from October, 2013

Canada Promotion Trip

From October 18~28, 2013 a member for the Wakayama Prefecture government and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau made a promotion trip to Canada, including stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.

We also joined the Japan booth at the Salon International Tourisme Voyages in Montreal.

Thank you to all of the agents who took the time to meet with us, as well as JNTO who took so very good care of us during our trip.

Rough Guide Press Tour in Kumano

From October 7~9, 2013, the Rough Guide made a visit to the Kumano region to gather information for their update on the Japan guide book.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau supported their visited.

Religious Tourism as an Element of Intercultural Integration, Krakow, Poland

From October 8 to 10, 2013 a conference concerning "Religious tourism as an element of intercultural integration" was held in Krakow, Poland.

Turismo de Santiago de Compostela attended the conference where they featured a joint panel about the Way of St.James and the Kumano Kodo.

The conference was a success and we thank our partners and friends in Santiago de Compostela for all of their hard work.

Dual Pilgrims: Way of St.James and the Kumano Kodo

The Way of St.James in Spain and the Kumano Kodo in Japan, are the only two major pilgrimage routes registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

There have been more people making the journey to walk both of these historic and sacred routes:  A new global trend for pilgrims.

One example is Mr. Gennaro from Italy.

Thank you so much Gennaro to be one of the "Pioneer Pilgrims" of the two Caminos!

If there others of you out there, please let us know, so that we can celebrate and share your achievements together.