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Wakayama

Kick around Kumano Kodo and Mount Koya

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Tanabe

Tanabe

If you are a serious Aikido buff, you will have heard of Tanabe. This little town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean on the southern tip of the Kii Peninsula is the birthplace of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba who is also referred to as Ōsensei (“Great Teacher”). Born in 1883, Ueshiba spe..

Dining

Restaurant Tensui in Shingu, Wakayama

Restaurant Tensui in Shingu, Wakayama

For a delicious and reasonable meal in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture, look no further than the restaurant Tensui. The restaurant has been open for about 30 years and is housed in a Showa Era building. Located in a quiet neighborhood, it is only a ..

Kuroshio Market

Kuroshio Market

You’ve probably heard a lot about Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. But do you know about Kuroshio market in Wakayama? Take a short bus ride from Wakayama City to the nearby man-made island and enjoy fresh sushi or sashimi of the just cut maguro or..

Wakayama City Hall Cafeteria

Wakayama City Hall Cafeteria

Not many people would associate a city hall with being a good place to eat but the cafeteria at Wakayama City Hall is a surprisingly decent option for city residents and travelers alike. The city hall's cafeteria is located at the top of the bui..

Places to stay

Shiraraso Grand Hotel

Shiraraso Grand Hotel

With the sound of waves rolling on shore and a white crystal sandy beach at the doorstep, Shiraraso Grand Hotel warmly invites holiday-makers to enjoy a relaxing break at Shirahama Onsen, one of Japan’s best-known hot spring resorts. Located r..

Guesthouse Rico

Guesthouse Rico

I’ve stayed in many hostels, but honestly I can't remember one that beats Guesthouse RICO in Wakayama City. The completely refurnished old building has a great atmosphere and extraordinary facilities. A relaxed and comfortable stay is guara..

Temple Lodging at Hojo-in, Koyasan

Temple Lodging at Hojo-in, Koyasan

Visiting the holy site of Koyasan is not complete without an overnight stay at one of the temples. There is a wide selection of temples and I believe that your experience at Koyasan is strongly influenced by the individual temple you choose to stay a..

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Temple of Aikido

Temple of Aikido

It seems puzzling, a self-defence strategy that doesn’t go for the jugular. But this is Aikido, the way of harmonious spirit, which topples all my preconceptions of what fighting an enemy is, formed mainly of course by the movies. With Aikido, ..

Shingu, Wakayama

Shingu, Wakayama

A small seaside city in the south of Wakayama Prefecture, Shingu is a treasure trove of holy sites set in beautiful natural surroundings. Whether searching for original history or unique culture, trekking forested mountain paths or searching for a sp..

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage

More often than not in Japan, you run out of time to see everything that you want to in a single visit. If the 5 heritage listed sites, spiritual significance and scenery of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage interest you but you do not have a week  to ..

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About wakayama

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalWakayama
Population1,002,198
Area4724.68 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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