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Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela sign Agreement Articles

On July 6th, 2014 Tanabe and Santiago de Compostela signed the articles of the historic "Tourism Partnership Cities" agreement at the Kumano Hongu Heritage Center.

The paper itself was made of local, handmade Otonashi washi Japanese paper, and was stamped with the sacred amulet of Kumano Hongu Taisha called a Goshinpu.

The day before the ceremony the mayor of Tanabe City and delegation from Santiago de Compostela participated in a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage maintenance project.

Later they walked a section of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. Along route members or our Junior guide program, grade 6 students from the local Misato Elementary school, introduced sites along the way.

These experiences are directly related to the subject of the articles signed, which focuses on mutual exchange, sharing, and preservation- working together for a sustainable future.

Thank you very much to the Santiago de Compostela delegation and we look forward to our future partnership for the betterment of the planet.

Tourism Partnership Cities Agreement Articles

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia Region, Spain and Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (hereinafter 'the two parties'), home to the Way of St. James and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, share two unique pilgrimage cultural landscapes, the only two registered as UNESCO World Heritage.

On May 13, 2014 the two parties signed a  "Tourism Partnership Cities" Agreement in Santiago de Compostela to collaborate together on tourism promotion and development.

To further deepen tourism ties the following articles of the agreement will be signed by the two parties.

We hereby agree:

Article 1 To responsibly collaborate together while respecting our historical, cultural, traditional, and spiritual heritages.

Article 2 To cooperate towards promoting and developing our tourism assets while striving to become sustainable tourism destinations.

Article 3 To share knowledge on how to reduce adverse environmental impacts, giving visitors and pilgrims an increased opportunity to travel more environmentally friendly.

Article 4 To deepen mutual understanding by facilitating diverse exchanges focused on tourism at the government, private, and community levels.

Article 5 That all aspects of this agreement, and subsequent collaboration, conform to the laws and ordinances of our respective countries.

Article 6 That both the Spanish and Japanese versions of this agreement shall be certified as official documents, and become effective upon the day of signing.

Date: July 6, 2014

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NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

NEW Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass
This is an easy way to do a loop of the Kii Peninsula.

From July 15, 2016 (Friday)
PRICE Adult 11,000 yen Children 5,500 yen (Children 6 to 11 years old)
NOTE: This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
VALIDITY PERIOD Five consecutive days
AREA ●JR conventional lines: Nagoya-Shingu-within Osaka City (via lse Tetsudo Line or Kameyama, via Kisei Main Line/Hanwa Line) ●Nagoya-Kameyama-Nara-within Osaka City (via Kansai Main Line) Taki Toba (Sangu Line) ●Kansai International Airport-Hineno (Kansai Airport Line) ●Bus routes for accessing Kumano Kodo, Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Nachi Taisha (Only Kumano Kotsu Bus); and Select bus routes
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…