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Stick with it, Wakayama!!

 In September 2011 Wakayama Prefecture was severely damaged by torrential rains caused by Typhoon Talas (No. 12). In the wake of this disaster, major roads and train and bus services to tourist destinations in southern Wakayama were disrupted. However, due to industrious recovery efforts carried out night and day, these tourist destinations can now be safely and easily accessed.

 The roads that connect various tourist attractions inscribed on the World Heritage List, such as Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine, Seigantoji Temple and Nachi Falls, have been restored and large-bus services are now available.
 Although some parts of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes are still closed to traffic, visitors can fully enjoy popular tourist routes, such as “Gyubadoji-Chikatsuyuoji Course,” “Hosshinmon-Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine Course” and “Nachisan Daimonzaka Course.”
 Meanwhile, National Route 371 (also known as Koya-Ryujin Skyline), which snakes along the ridges of the Kii Mountain Range, connecting Mount Koya to Ryujin Hot Spring Resort, one of the three hot spring resorts famous for beautifying the skin, has been also restored.
As for train services, the Kisei Main Line resumed full service on December 3.
 With the above-mentioned roads and train and bus services restored, visitors can now stay at accommodation facilities in various areas, such as Hongu Hot Spring Resort Area (Yunomine Hot Spring Resort, Kawayu Hot Spring Resort and Watarase Hot Spring Resort), Katsuura Hot Spring Resort and Ryujin Hot Spring Resort, and fully enjoy hot springs, delicious dishes and warm hospitality.

 Under the slogan “Stick with it, Wakayama!!,” prefecture-wide recovery efforts are now being made. For Wakayama, which aims to become a prefecture thriving on tourism, nothing can energize and revitalize its local tourist attractions more than a constant stream of visitors.

 Meanwhile, access to tourist destinations such as Wakayama City, Koyasan, Shirahama and Kushimoto has remained available without any disruptions, and business in these areas is going on normally.
Contact : Tourism Promotion Division, Wakayama Prefectural Government
Phone or E-mail 073-441-2775
Website http://www.wakayama-kanko.or.jp/world/english/index.html