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Wakayama

Kick around Kumano Kodo and Mount Koya

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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

Mount Koya (Koyasan) lies hidden away on a mountain plain that is surrounded by intensely forested 1,000 meter peaks, seeming...

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Sakura Season at Shichikawa Dam

Sakura Season at Shichikawa Dam

Kim

The Shichikawa Dam in Wakayama may be a man-made waterway, but there's plenty of natural beauty to enjoy here as well. There ...

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Guesthouse Rico

Guesthouse Rico

José Manuel Zardain

Located at a former Yakuza (Japanese mafia) owned neighbourhood, owners Mari and Takashi, are changing the area with its visi...

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Road Trip to Kimino

Road Trip to Kimino

Alena Eckelmann

Surprises on a road trip to the secluded Kimino area in the north of Wakayama Prefecture: a rural scenery with empty roads, l...

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About Wakayama

Wakayama
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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