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Transportation Pass, Withdrawing cash, Licensed Guides, Sightseeing guides, Car rental and Foreign-language support for medical care

Transportation Pass

''Kansai WIDE Area Pass'' - is a transportation pass for the JR trains in Kansai (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe), Wakayama, Kinosaki Onsen, and Okayama area.  This pass enables foreign travelers not only to ride local trains but also to get non-reserved seats on Sanyo-Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka to Okayama) and express trains such as HARUKA (Kansai Airport to Kyoto) and KUROSHIO (Kyoto, Shin-Osaka to Wakayama, Kii-Tanabe, Shirahama, Kii-Katsuura, Shingu).  It is valid for four consecutive days.

''KANSAI WAKAYAMA PASS'' (W-PASS) - is a transportation pass for foreign travelers who intend to travel in Wakayama Prefecture (including Koyasan, Shirahama Onsen, Katsuura Onsen, Nachi Waterfall, Kumano Kodo) and Osaka (Kansai International Airport, Namba).  W-PASS allows unlimited use of buses and trains (excluding JR trains) in the valid areas, and also provides several discounts on tourist attractions and accommodations.

 

Related links

Kansai WIDE Area Pass

KANSAI WAKAYAMA PASS (W-PASS)

 

Withdrawing cash

Credit cards cannot be used at some facilities. If you have a credit card, you can withdraw cash at ATMs located in post offices, banks, and convenience stores at various locations within the prefecture. For information about how to use credit cards at post offices, please refer to the following website.

 

Related links

Japan Post website

Seven Bank Ltd. website

Licensed Guides

Wakayama Prefecture has set a new registration system for Regional Licensed Guides active in its UNESCO World Heritage areas, Koyasan and Kumano since 2012. The lists both of Japan National Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreters based in Wakayama and of Regional Licensed Guides for Koyasan and Kumano are downloadable.

 

Related links

1) Japan National Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter

2) Regional Licensed Guides for Koyasan

3) Regional Licensed Guides for Kumano

Sightseeing guides

Your trip will be even more enjoyable if you travel with a guide who provides sightseeing information! Why not encounter Japan even more deeply while listening to various explanations, including history, culture, and customs?
Here is some information about sightseeing guide groups.

* Systems, including fees and other matters, differ by group. Please contact the group for more information.

WIVC(Wakayama Interpreter Volunteer Club)

 

Japanese name

Wakayama Tsuuyaku Volunteer Club

Contact information

E-mail: fumio909441@leto.eonet.ne.jp

Guide area

Koyasan, Wakayama City, etc.

Related link

http://www.geocities.jp/wivcinfo/english.html

 

KCCN(Koyasan Cross-cultural Communication Network)

 

Japanese name

Koyasan Ibunka Koryu Network

Contact information

E-mail: mail@koyasan-ccn.com
Telephone number: +81-(0)736-56-2270

Guide area

Koyasan, etc.

Related link

http://www.koyasan-ccn.com/

 

Mi-kumano

 

Japanese name

Mi-kumano

Contact information

E-mail: welcome@mi-kumano.com
Telephone number: +81-(0)739-33-7663

Guide area

Kumano area (Kumano Kodo: Tanabe City, Shingu City, Nachi-Katsuura Town), etc.

Related link

http://www.mi-kumano.com/

 

Car rental

Rental cars with foreign language navigation systems are available at Kansai International Airport and Central Japan International Airport (Centrair). Renting a car is an extremely convenient way to visit sightseeing spots in and around Wakayama. Enjoy driving along the picturesque coastline and scenic mountain routes.

 

Related links

Nippon Rent-A-Car website

Toyota Rent A Car website

 

Foreign-language support for medical care

To support foreign visitors, the AMDA International Medical Information Center provides information on medical institutions with foreign language-speaking staff. In addition, telephone interpretation is offered free of charge for foreign patients undergoing medical examinations. Support is offered in languages including English, Chinese, and Korean. However, days and times when support is offered vary by language, so please refer to the website for more information.

 

Related link

AMDA International Medical Information Center website