The Kumano Kodo and The Way of Saint James
Sharing world pilgrimage culture.
by Robert Searns, founding owner, Robert Searns & Associates, Brad Towle, International Tourism Promotion and Development Director, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Masato Takemoto, Office Chief, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau, Galeo Saintz, World Trails Network
Presenters: Brad Towle, International Tourism Promotion and Development Director; Masato Takemoto, Office Chief, Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau; Galeo Saintz, Chair, World Trails Network; Robert Searns, American Trails and World Trails Network Boards
For a thousand years trails have been routes of spiritual renewal and pilgrimage. In our time there has been a rebirth of this trail attraction. Spain's Way of St. James and Japan's Kumano Kodo are ancient pilgrimage routes from very different religious and cultural traditions, influencing, challenging, and inspiring pilgrims. Located at opposite ends of the planet, they share the same essence of the human spirit. Tanabe City and Santiago de Compostela are cooperating to connect these two sacred sites by collaborating on mutual promotion and sharing. By respecting their differences, and building on their similarities, they have created a new model of trail partnership.