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.

Places to visit in Wakayama

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Sights in Wakayama

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20-ken road

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine

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

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Koyasan: A Modern-Day Pilgrimage

Written by Caroline Hutchinson

As my train pulls out of Hashimoto, Kansai’s urban sprawl gives way to the vibrant green of rice paddy, then to mountain woodland as the train climbs, the stati

Hotels in Wakayama

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Yukai Resort Koshinoyu

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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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Comfort Hotel Wakayama

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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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City Inn Wakayama

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Situated in Wakayama, 1.5 km from Wakayama Big Whale, City Inn Wakayama boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy th

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Futagojimasou

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Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring bath, Futagojimasou is set in Wakayama, 2.7 km from Kataonami Beach. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free priv

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Guesthouse RICO

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Guesthouse RICO is located in Wakayama, a 45-minute bus ride from Kansai International Airport. It offers simple yet stylish rooms and free WiFi.

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Jokiin

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Located in Koyasan, 43 km from Sakai, Jokiin features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms have a

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