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Kumano Guide Training Continues to Develop Leadership

News & Updates 1/12/2022

Promoting Local Guides, Developing Leadership

The Kumano International Professional Guide Training developed by the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau continued on December 17 and 18 with a successful seminar and onsite walk focusing on “Guide Leadership.”

The guide training is part of an original 6-month course focused on the improvement and development of inbound-based area Kumano guides during the lull caused by the Covid-19 virus. Participants hope to sharpen their guiding skills in anticipation of the return of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage area.

This month, participants discussed and role-played various leadership styles and talked about the skills needed to be an effective Kumano guide.

Members walked the Hokusogi-goe route on Saturday, Dec. 18, between the Ayukawa area and Takijiri-oji, which had been recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage cultural designation for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail in 2016. They then were treated to a Kiyohime Taiko drum performance and a brief drumming trial experience.

The program continues January 28 and 29, 2022, with the theme of Safety and Risk Management.

For more information about the Kumano International Professional Guide Training:

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