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Tokei-jinja Shrine Workshop

Tokei-jinja is a shrine located in Tanabe city near the Kii-Tanabe station.  It is a part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route and the focus of an initiative to add the site to the current UNESCO property "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" next summer.

To educate the local community, share ideas and get input into future projects,  a series of workshops have been taking place.


On August 31, Brad Towle, representing the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, was a participant in the first round of workshops.  It was a lively exchange of ideas, stories, and dreams about the future.

We look forward to adding this sacred site to our UNESCO property to help preserve it for future generations.

Wakayama Ramen Taxi Omotenashi Seminar

Wakayama city is the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture and famous for its ramen noodles.  A project combining taxis and different ramen restaurants has been developed.   Guests can use a taxi to visit a number of ramen restaurants in a short time, with a special smaller serving of noodles.  This allows visitors to sample a variety of styles of ramen in a short time.


To adapt this program to international visitors, Brad Towle from the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was invited to hold a lecture on the subject.

The seminar was well attended by the local taxi drivers who were very interested to learn how to host international visitors effectively.

Thank you for inviting us to speak at the seminar and we hope that this unique project will be a great success.

Finnish Media visits Kumano

From August 19 to 22 a Finnish press tour took place in the Kumano area sponsored and supported by the Wakayama Tourism Federation and Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau.  There was a writer and photographer participating in the tour which focused on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes.

The Nakahechi route from Takijiri-oji to Kumano Hongu Taisha and Kumano Sanzan shrines were the focus of the visit.

Other highlights of the area that were visited were the historic Yunomine Onsen and natural wonder, Kawayu Onsen.

Thank you very much to everyone involved in the tour, and we are looking forward to the published article.

Kumano Kodo, Wakayama featured in Bento Box Magazine

"Wakayama: Step off the beaten path and wander where gods dwell"
Text: M Crowson
Bento Box
August, 2015

Wakayama and the Kumano Kodo are featured in Bento Box, a free magazine with Japan focus published in Toronto, Canada.


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Kumano featured in Tokyo Weekender

"A Festival of Fire"
Text and photos: Natalie Jacobsen
Tokyo Weekender
August, 2015

The Nachi fire festival held on July 14 was featured in the Toyko Weekender.


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Oyado Hana Guesthouse has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Oyado Hana Guesthouse is an older building lovely transformed into a comfortable guesthouse by the young Ms. Saho Hanai.  The name of the guesthouse comes from her nickname "Hana-chan" when she was living in Osaka.  "Oyado" means "lodging" in Japanese.  This cute accommodation is carefully decorated with pieces of art collected by the owner and received as presents from guests (including modern art bamboo installations!).  The entrance is tucked away off of the street in a Japanese garden, with a large wooden sign above the door inscribed with the Japanese characters of the inn.  It is located conveniently near the Kii-Katsuura station, in close proximity to a variety of restaurant choices.  Ms. Saho Hanai loves travelling and wishes that her guests feel like Oyado Hana Guesthouse is their cozy home away from home!

















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