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Dramatic Increase in International Visitors to Hongu

More and more international visitors are being drawn to the sacred sites, pilgrimage routes, and soothing hot springs in the Hongu area (Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Kodo, Yunomine Onsen, Kawayu Onsen, etc.)

This year has specifically seen a dramatic rise in overnight stays.  Last year there were 2,859 nights, but already in the first 6 months of this year 2,975 nights have been recorded.


The local people are very thrilled with this result.  It has been a long time preparing for a positive increase in international visitors, but with the support of many people, local governments, and associations, the pioneering initiatives of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau are starting to show startling results.

Thank you very much to the local people and their world class hospitality, as well as those travelers who choose to visit our community.  We really appreciate it!

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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…