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Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela sign "Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement

On May 13th, 2014 in Santiago de Compostela City, Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela City signed a historic "Tourism Partnership Cities" agreement, further strengthening ties between these two important cities, which host UNESCO World Heritage registered sacred sites and pilgrimage routes.

There was a large delegation from Tanabe City and Wakayama Prefecture, which were received with world class hospitality.

Thank you so much and we look forward to working, learning, and sharing together into the future.

Here is a copy of the agreement.

"Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement
Santiago de Compostela City & Tanabe City

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia Region, Spain and Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (hereinafter 'the two parties') share a rich history of pilgrimage tradition.  Networks of ancient pilgrimage routes lead to both the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Tanabe’s Kumano Hongu Taisha, one of the three Grand Shrines of Kumano.

The Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela and the Kumano Kodo to the Kumano Grand Shrines, are two unique pilgrimage cultural landscapes, the only two registered as UNESCO World Heritage.  The two parties embrace the traditions and cultures of their respective sacred sites, as historically rich capitals.

The year 2013 to 2014 marks the 400th anniversary of Japan-Spain relations.  This historical year is an opportunity for the two parties to collaborate together on tourism promotion and development, and therefore sign the "Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement.

Specific articles of the agreement will be signed by the two parties at a later date.

Both the Spanish and Japanese versions of this agreement shall be certified as official documents, and become effective upon the day of signing.

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VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
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TRAIN TYPES ●Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on ordinary cars on all JR conventional line trains in the subject section. ●Reserved seats can be used up to four times on ordinary cars of limited express and rapid trains. ●Only non-reserved seats can be used on the limited express "Haruka' between the Kansai Inte…