About Wakayama
Region:Kansai
Island:Honshu
Capital:Wakayama
Population:1,002,198
Area:4724.68 sq. km

Just south of Osaka, Wakayama 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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Shingu, Wakayama

Gateway to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and Kumano’s sacred sites

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Walk a section to leave you wanting more

The World Heritage Sites of Shingu

Some of the many beautiful sights of rural Wakayama

Don't Forget Marina City!

3-in-1 attraction in Wakayama near Osaka

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Shingu, Wakayama

Gateway to the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and Kumano’s sacred sites

What a nice view!

The World Heritage Sites of Shingu

Some of the many beautiful sights of rural Wakayama

So beautiful! Love the landscapes & photos. Must go!

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Walk a section to leave you wanting more

Getting a guide (especially from Shingu) is great advice! I still can't believe how far the full Kumano Kodo stretches. Each section is quite long, but it's great to know that you can only do parts of...

Yuasa

Birthplace of shoyu in Japan

How to get there from wakayama city?