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Showing posts from June, 2016

Minamino Fields Fudozaka Cottage has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Minamino Fields Fudozaka is a tiny wooden cottage in the upper reaches of Irokawa settlement about 25 minutes drive inland from Kii-Katsuura station.  There are terraced fields below and a magnificent panoramic view of waves of mountains with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop.  Mr. Ura, the owner, is a retired civil servant and uses this cottage as a base for his organic blueberry jam business.  The cottage has a main room (with irori hearth), one bed room, a small wooden bath, western toilet, and large balcony. Mr. Ura would like to welcome international visitors to experience this special place in Kumano.

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Log Rafting in Dorokyo Gorge has joined the Kumano Travel community!

Log rafting anyone! Logging in the the mountains of the Kii peninsula has been a major industry for centuries.  Before roads were build, logs were floated down the rivers connected together as rafts.  The skills and techniques of these "logging river runners" has been preserved in the Kitayama village for over 600 years. Now log rafts are used to transport thrill seekers through the scenic Dorokyo Gorge, part of the Yoshino-Kumano National Park.  Log rafts are strictly checked for safety standards, while guests are required to wear life jackets at all times. Have fun!

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Kumano Kodo Tourism Philosophy introduced in Yomiuri Shimbun

"Redeveloping Tourism / Sharing cultural history with foreign visitors / Improved translations aid understanding, preservation" Text: Hisashi Kiyooka Published by the Yomiuri Shimbun May 31, 2016

The philosophies and tourism infrastructure of Tanabe City and the Kumano Kodo are featured in the first installment of  a three part series of how local areas promote their historical heritage to international visitors.