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Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau

About Us

On May 1st, 2005, Tanabe City amalgamated with 4 rural municipalities to create the largest city in area in this part of Japan (1026 square km, population of 84,000). Each area still has its local Tourism Association, but to promote the newly enlarged city in its entirety, on April 1, 2006, the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau was formed.

Our Goal

Our goal is to make quality information available for independent travelers and small groups to safely and efficiently travel through this unique part of the world and to experience all of the wonders it has to offer along the way. By focusing on low-impact visitors, we aim to create a sustainable tourism destination that will help preserve the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape of Kumano for future generations.

How can you help

We wish that you travel with a high standard of cultural and environmental sensitivity, as well as support the small local businesses as much as possible. Thank you for your much-needed cooperation in helping with our mission.

Awards & Accolades

2023Japan Tourism Awards: Special Jury Award
2023Japan Tourism Agency: A-class Pioneering DMO Selection
2023Japan Travel Awards: Best Sustainable Travel
2021Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2021: Readers’ Choice Awards Sustainability Winner
2020Prime Minister’s Awards for the Hometown Development Grand Prize
2019Japan Tourism Awards: Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award
2019Japan Tourism Awards: Special Award for DMO Promotion
2018Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Award
2018Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018: Top Region
2018Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry: Selected Regional Business Development Organization
2017Featured Case Study at UNWTO 2nd International Conference on Rural Tourism
2017Cabinet Office Cool Japan Ambassador
2015Long-listed for World Responsible Tourism Award: Best Cultural Heritage Attraction
2014Featured Presenter at 1st UNWTO International Congress on Tourism & Pilgrimages
2012World Travel and Tourism Council, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards: Destination Stewardship Finalist
2012Wakayama Prefecture Tourism Merit Award
2010Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Regional Development Award
2009JTB Culture Exchange Award—Excellence Prize
2009Yomiuri Shimbun 100 Landscapes of Heisei Sites Travel Itinerary Merit Award


Address:1-20 Minato, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, 646-0031, JAPAN
(Second floor of Tanabe Tourist Information Center next to the JR Kii-Tanabe station)
Office Hours:Weekdays 9:00 to 17:00, Japan Standard Time. Closed weekends and national holidays.

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