This was the first official tour that was sponsored by Rakuten/Voyagin. It was one of the first few videos that I have done and I was still early on in the blogging game but I was happy to have participated in this holiday and recorded this experience for my viewers to see.
At the time, I only had 5000 followers. Now, I have a network following of 60,000+ so I am happy to see this rise. =============== I went to Shingu City in the Eastern Peninsula of Wakayama on Monday 16th of October 2017 to Tuesday 17th. Usually, people do their annual pilgrimage in this area to climb Koya-san and visit the range of temples along the way to cleanse the human spirit.
If you're in Shingu City, consider this itinerary as Day One!
1. Jofuku Sushi Considered Wakayama's best Sushi. Try out their Sanma Sushi, one of their local specialties.
2. Jofuku Koen. One of the special areas in Shingu. Known as one of the resting areas of Xu Fu as he was trying to find the "Elixir of Life". 3. Matsubaya A sweets shop in Shingu City that has been run three generations of family.
4. Hayatama Taisha. UNESCO World Heritage Site. A place to visit and see.
5. Kumano Boat Festival. Occurring every year on the 16th of October.
To celebrate the year of the Kumano Taisha. 9 boats race to an island in the middle of the river following after a Mikoshi, boarded on a boat.