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Kumano Guide Training Project Starts

News & Updates 11/22/2021

The Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau kicked off a first-of-its-kind Kumano International Professional Guide Training on October 26 and 27 in Tanabe to support the development of local English guides in the Kumano area.

Making use of the lull in tourism caused by the spread of the coronavirus, the bureau proactively developed this training program to help local guides focus on areas they wanted to improve but couldn’t in the past and to hone their current skills while they have time on their hands.

The Bureau believes better guides encourage deeper cultural understanding and make better experiences for guests.

The 6-month program consists of two days of training related to a separate theme each month. The day in-seminar includes discussions, exchanges, and presentations followed by a firsthand experiential onsite training on the Kumano Kodo the next day.
In October, participants met at the community meeting space “tanabe en+” in front of Kii-Tanabe Station. The following day, they visited Tanabe sightseeing points such as Tokei-jinja Shrine, an area accommodation/cafe, memorial centers for Tanabe famous figures, while practicing skills they discussed previously in the seminar.

Participants are welcome to pick and choose which months they wish to join, but those attending all 6 sessions will receive a completion certificate.

Themes include “What kind of guide do you want to become?” “Storytelling” “Leadership Skills” “Safety” “Who is your guest?” “Professionalism, Tours”

The training continues this month on Friday and Saturday, November 26 & 27.

Registration and other information about the Kumano International Professional Guide Training.

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