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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Koyasan Okuno-in Temple

This temple is the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and is known as the country's largest cemetery. Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, was a Buddhist monk and the

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Mount Koya

A sacred mountain in Wakayama Prefecture, Mount Koya is home to numerous temples and shrines, some of which also provide accommodation and an insight into the S

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Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine (Oyunohara)

Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine is part of the Kumano Sanzan, a UNESCO World Heritage, and has the largest Torii shrine gate in Japan.

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Koyasan Kongobu-ji Head Temple

Koyasan Kongobu-ji Temple is the head temple of the 3600 Shingon temples located throughout Japan.

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Yunomine Onsen

Yunomine Onsen is a 1800-year old hot spring and one of its hot spring bath, "Tsuboyu", is part of the Kumano Sanzan UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Engetsu Island

Engetsu Island is a small island with a unique shape located in Shirahama.

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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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Adventure World

This theme park, aquarium and zoo features many animals from different parts of the world. Adventure World in Wakayama Prefecture offers visitors the chance to

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Koyasan Jizo Pyramid

Piled up within the Okuno-in Cemetery on Mount Koya, this pyramid of Jizo statues was found during an excavation project at the cemetery. The pyramid-like struc

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Koyasan Hasu Pond

Located in front of Kangaku-in, a training ground for the monks living on Mount Koya, this pond, also known as Lotus Pond, was built to relieve suffering among

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Koyasan Ichinohashi Bridge

Directly translating to "first bridge", this bridge serves as the traditional entrance to Okuno-in Temple up on Mount Koya. It is about a 15 minute walk from th

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Koyasan Gokusho

This temple office on Mount Koya is located just before the bridge leading to the holy sanctuary of Okuno-in Temple and cemetery. Here, visitors can purchase ha

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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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