Wakayama: Japan's Spiritual Heartland
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the mountain temples of Koyasan
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the
the mountain temples of Koyasan

Koyasan & Kumano Kodo Japan’s Spiritual Heartland

From the sacred Kumano Sanzan route to
the mountain temples of Koyasan

Welcome to Wakayama

Wakayama prefecture's sacred heartland stretches across the Kii peninsula in the southern Kansai region, connecting the Kumano Sanzan pilgrimage routes from the east to the spiritual Koyasan in the mountains of northern Wakayama. Recognised by UNESCO in 2004 for its 'Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range', Wakayama has much to offer visitors looking to get off the beaten path and explore Japan's heartland region.

Here we explore the best of both Koyasan and Kumano, as well some of other destinations stretching around Wakayama's expansive coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Access Wakayama

Discover Wakayama

Map of Wakayama

Getting around Wakayama

Access the Koyasan and Kumano areas of Wakayama via bus, plane, or train. Find an ideal route whether coming from Kyoto, Osaka or Nara, or explore domestic flight options from Tokyo.

Kumano x Tokyo
Lost in Japan

Explore more Wakayama

From our partner site, The Official Wakayama Travel Guide