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Showing posts from November, 2013

Kumano booth at Travel Mart 2013

From November 27 to 30, 2013 members from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau joined the Travel Mart in Yokoyama.

We were thrilled to speak with so many travel agents interested in introducing guests to the Kumano region.

We are looking forward to working together to create positive experiences for all visitors to these sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii mountain range.

Butterfield and Robinson Agent FAM in Koyasan

Butterfield and Robinson travel agency from Canada joined a two day familiarization tour of Koyasan, the Buddhist sactuary in northern Wakayama Prefecture, sponsored by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

The tour visited sites such as the Okunoin cemetary, Daimon gate, and the Kongobuji complex.

HIS Paris Agent FAM in Kumano

HIS Paris office joined a familiarization tour sponsored the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau from November 20 to 23, 2013.  The focus was the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes and Kumano Sanzan shrines.  The tour also visited Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, and Katsuura Onsen.

Qantas In-flight Magazine Kumano Press Tour

From November 14~18, 2013 freelance writer, Alistair Jones joined a press tour sponsored by the Wakayama Prefecture government and supported by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.

The press tour was for a future publication of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route in the Qantas in-flight magazine.

It was our pleasure showing Alistair the region and we look forward to seeing the article in print.

GET Tours Agent FAM in Tanabe City

On November 19, 2013, GET Tours from Australia joined a one day FAM trip to Tanabe City, run by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.  The focus was to seek out now possibilities for unique and enjoyable school visits in the region.

South China Morning Post, 48 hours magazine features Kumano region

Hot springs and heavenly hikes inJapan's Kumano region
Text and Photo: Daniel Allen Published by: South China Morning News, 48hours
October, 2013

Kumano Kodo and Way of St. James Exhibition in Santiago de Compostela

From October 30, 2013 to April 11, 2014 a photo exhibition titled: "Santiago-Kumano, World Heritage Pilgrimage Routes" is on display at the Pilgrimage and Santiago Museum in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

The Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James are the only two major pilgrimages routes designated at UNESCO World Heritage.

Yamato Transport (Luggage Shuttle) has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Need some freedom from heavy bags?  Kumano Travel and Yamato Transport (Japan’s largest door-to-door delivery service company) has joined forces to create some original same-day services to destinations within the Kumano region, specifically the Hongu area (Kawayu Onsen, Yunomine Onsen, etc), Koguchi, and the Nachi-Katsuura area; including the Kogumotori-goe and Ogumotori-goe sections of the Kumano Kodo Nakahechi pilgrimage route.  Normally the quickest delivery service is next day, but as a team we are able to deliver a convenient same-day service.  This luggage shuttle service is only available through the Kumano Travel community reservation system; Yamato Transport and Kumano Travel, the perfect combination to lighten your load!

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Voices: Walk like a pilgrim - hiking the Kumano Kodo

Blog entry about the Kumano Kodo by Lindsay Lafreniere

It’s difficult coming from a country like Canada, only 146 years young, to really understand how extensive the history of some cultures are. While the aboriginal culture of Canada is strong and fascinating, Japan’s lengthy history of traditions and culture is very much a part of everyday life here.

Now ranked as one of favourite places visited in Japan, this past September I hiked the ancient pilgrimage route of the Kumano Kodo, in Wakayama Prefecture. Along paths trodden for over a thousand years, through dense forest, my mother and I hiked.


The Mail Press Tour in Kumano

From November 4~6, 2013, the Wakayama Prefecture government and the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau held a press tour for The Mail on Sunday.

The press tour visited sites associated with the Kumano Pilgrimage, and included walks on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.

Thank you for joining our press tour, it was a pleasure showing you around.

Onsen, Ryokan, Kumano Kodo - The Gurus Explore

From November 3~5, 2013, the Gurus explore team visited the Wakayama, Kumano Kodo area.

They were here to film episodes for the Gurus explore Japan series.

One episode is to focus on onsen and ryokan.  Ryujin Onsen, Kamigoten Ryokan, Kawayu Onsen and Yunomine Onsen.

The other episode is to cover the Kumano Kodo World Heritage Pilgrimage Route.

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Kumano Kodo and Santiago de Compostela Joint Gallery

From November 1, 2013 to the end of April, 2014, a joint photo gallery of the Kumano Kodo and Santiago de Compostela will be on display in the Pilgrimage Museum in Santiago de Compostela city, Spain.