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Speaker at UNWTO Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages

The First International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages, co-organized by the World Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism of Spain and the Regional Government of Galicia is being held in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from September 17~20, 2014.


The aims of the congress are:

Highlighting the importance for tourism of the historical and cultural legacy of pilgrimages and spiritual routes, focusing on both their religious and secular aspects;

Discussing the role of tourism policies and strategies in the preservation and management of heritage assets along paths and routes, and thus,

Underlining the positive contribution of pilgrimages to the sustainable and responsible growth of tourism as well as the contribution of tourism towards international understanding.

Brad Towle, the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director for the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, spoke at the congress on the opening morning in the session dedicated to Popular religious practices, pilgrimage and spiritual tourism.  The title of the presentation was “Popular piety and pilgrimage on the road to Kumano, Japan”.

Pilgrimage and tourism are two very powerful phenomenons, and we are honored to be able to share the story of the Kumano Kodo in this context.

Thank you very much for inviting us to be a part of the historic event.

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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…