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Wakayama

Kick around Kumano Kodo and Mount Koya

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Nachi Shrine & Waterfall (Photo: Virginia Gonzalez / JT)

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Wakayama City

Wakayama City

Wakayama is a city in Japan’s Kansai region. Overlooking the city, central Wakayama Castle has an original moat and stone wal...

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Tanabe

Tanabe

If you are a serious Aikido buff, you will have heard of Tanabe. This little town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the s...

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Shingu

Shingu

Shingu (新宮市) is a small seaside city in the south of Wakayama Prefecture, Shingu is a treasure trove of holy sites set in ...

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Koyasan

Koyasan

Koyasan, or Mount Koya, is a mountaintop sanctuary in Wakayama Prefecture and the center of Shingon Buddhism in Japan, making...

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Upcoming Wakayama Events

Tanabe Festival

Tanabe Festival

Virginia Gonzalez

The Tanabe Festival takes place every year on the 24th and 25th of July in Tanabe City. During the festivities various proce...

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Wakayama All Meat Festa

Wakayama All Meat Festa

Kim

The All Meat Festival in Wakayama will include around 60 stalls serving up all manner of tasty meat-based eats, along with st...

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Where to eat in Wakayama

Kuroshio Market

Kuroshio Market

José Manuel Zardain

Kuroshio market is the highlight of Marina City in Wakayama. Watch the tuna cutting presentation and eat some maguro or blue ...

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Places to stay in Wakayama

Kiri-no-Sato Lodge

Kiri-no-Sato Lodge

Alena Eckelmann

Kiri-no-Sato is a mountain-top lodge offering a splendid view, organic food for dinner and breakfast, and a soak in hot water...

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B & B Café Hongu

B & B Café Hongu

Alena Eckelmann

Across the road from the Hongu Grand Shrine, the modern B & B Café Hongu is a convenient choice for anyone who wants to stay ...

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Latest Wakayama Reports

Kitayama Log Rafting

Kitayama Log Rafting

Julian Kloby

Dorokyo Gorge located in Yoshino-Kumano National Park is where you will find the infamous “Logging River Runners” of Kitayama...

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About Wakayama

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Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Wakayama
Population 1,002,198
Area 4724.68 sq. km

Just south of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県, Wakayama-ken) offers a stark contrast to its northern neighbor - idyllic countryside views and a much more laid-back lifestyle, but with more than enough places to see to keep you busy for at least a couple of days.

Wakayama’s main attraction is Mount Koya, one of Japanese Buddhism’s most sacred sites. Okuno-in, which is the largest graveyard in Japan and is the final resting place of the great monk Kukai (or Kobo Daishi) along with many daimyo, as well as the famous temple Kongobu-ji, are located within this area. Some of Mount Koya’s temples even offer one-night stay experiences. Much of the Kumano Kodo, the World Heritage Site pilgrimage, is also located within Wakayama.

Historical and cultural significance aside, Wakayama also attracts tourists due to its beaches and hot springs, the best of which can be found in Shirahama.

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