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New Kumano Kodo Emergency Translation Service

The first priority for the Kumano region is the safety of our pilgrims and visitors.  This requires to adapt to the increase in people from around the globe to the region.

To meet these new needs the fire departments in Tanabe City and Shirahama have begun a 24 hour translation service for the 119 emergency hotline.


The system started July 1st, 2014 with translation service available in English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau is partners in this project offering support and consultation.

We are thrilled with this new service, and continue with our commitment to safety along the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route.

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From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
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