Wakayama

About Wakayama

Koyasan (Mount Koya) is the heart and soul of Wakayama Prefecture. Koyasan is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the year 885. The mountain is a spiritual place with over 100 temples that line the streets and surrounding areas. You can stay overnight in a temple here and experience the serenity of this profound site. In addition to its Zen history Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, is the home of the Shirahama area. Shirahama boasts a huge beach and hot spring resort, amusement parks, hiking, and a rugged coastline with interesting rock formations and small​ islands dotting the horizon.

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Sights in Wakayama

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20-ken road

Is a wide 36 meters, and with a total length of 8 kilometers road filled with cheery blossoms, and is known to be one of the best spots to enjoy the stunning ch

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Kii-Katsuura

Katsuura is an area famous for its hot springs and its proximity to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, a World Heritage Site.

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Nachi Falls

This waterfall is one of the three most famous falls in Japan. Nachi Falls has the highest drop at 133m, making it the country's tallest waterfall.

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Sanju no To

Sanju no To is a 3-story pagoda located between Nachi-taisha Shrine and Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple.

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Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple

Nachisan Seiganto-ji Temple is a famous sacred site that many worshippers still visit nowadays.

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Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine

This shrine is one of the three shrines composing the Kumano Sanzan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hotels in Wakayama

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Yukai Resort Koshinoyu

Featuring free WiFi and a hot spring bath, Yukai Resort Koshinoyu offers accommodation in Nachikatsuura. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms a

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Plus Wan Guesthouse

Plus Wan Guesthouse is a pet-friendly accommodation located in a quiet residential area near Sandanbeki and just a 10-minute drive from Shirahama Adventure Worl

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Hotel&Spa Anda Resort Izukogen

Featuring free WiFi, a spa centre and a terrace, Hotel&Spa Anda Resort Izukogen offers accommodation in Ito. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private park

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Yukai Resort Shirahama Gyoen

Yukai Resort Shirahama Gyoen is situated in Shirahama, 1.1 km from Shirahama Beach and 1.2 km from Shirahama Energy Land. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and s

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Dormitory Sandanya Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Dormitory Sandanya Guesthouse offers accommodation in Shirahama. The guesthouse is located right outside Sandanheki

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Comfort Hotel Wakayama

Comfort Hotel Wakayama is comfortable nestled in Wakayama, only a 2-minute walk from the central exit of JR Wakayama Station. The Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Inte

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