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Facilitator at Ministry of the Environment Workshop

On March 3, 2015 in Tokyo the Ministry of the Environment held a workshop on the theme of increasing international tourists to the National Parks of Japan.

The National Parks of Japan are home to some of the most impressive landscapes and culture and Japan, and we are sure that they will become vital components in Japan's tourism industry in the near future.  The goal of both development and preservation are difficult to balance, but by working together, with a variety of stakeholders, it is possible.


Brad Towle, the International Tourism Promotion and Development Director of the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, was a facilitator at the seminar, sharing knowledge and experience with other members.

Thank you for inviting us to help and support with this historic project.  

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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…