Just south of Osaka, Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県, Wakayama-ken) 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.
Kuroshio market is the highlight of Marina City in Wakayama. Watch the tuna cutting presentation and eat some maguro or blue fin..
Tensui offers delicious and reasonable meals in a lovely 'wa-modern' environment in the city of Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture,..
Sitting on the 14th floor of the Wakayama City Hall, the City Hall Cafeteria offers fast (but tasty) food with the best castle..
Chikatsuyu-oji is a small village located in a mountain basin about halfway between Takijiri-oji and the Hongu Taisha. Soak your..
Find out what it's like to stay with the monks in one of Koya-San's Shukubo, and explore this beautiful mountainous region...
Kiri-no-Sato is a mountain-top lodge offering a splendid view, organic food for dinner and breakfast, and a soak in hot water in..
The Kumano Taisha are dedicated to nature worship, with the splendour of their shrines made more compelling thanks to the beautiful..
Temple Camp or Temple Hotel, staying at Daitai-ji temple in Kumano, Wakayama, you can enjoy sauna and Zen near the famous Nachi..
In Kii-Katsuura Town in the south of the Kii-Peninsula there is a tuna auction rivaling Tsukiji and a bay cruise rivaling Matsushima...
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