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Wakayama Prefecture

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Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama Prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula and is well known for its hot springs, temples, and scenic natural views.

Wakayama Prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region surrounded by Osaka to the north, Nara to the east and Mie Prefecture to its southeast side. The size of Wakayama is around 4,725.67 km2, which consists of 80% mountain terrain, ranking 30th in Japan. The coastline of Wakayama Prefecture has rows of steep cliffs and around 130 islands. Surrounded by water, Wakayama has many fishing ports, most of the local men are regarded as children of the sea, because they make a living out of fishing both local and far out at sea. In the Kuroshio-Ichiba Market at Marina City there are tuna cutting demonstrations, where afterwards the freshly cut fish goes on sale. Logging is also a big industry in Wakayama, with the given name of wood kingdom, making it the one of the prefectures in Japan with the largest wood storages.

All four seasons support the fruit farms here with oranges being the most well-known all over Japan. Another one of their specialties is pickled plums also known as umeboshi. There are ferries that depart from Wakayama city to Tokushima in Shikoku. Wakayama Prefecture also offers many national historical sites like, Wakayama Castle, Kongobuji Temple and Hayatama Taisha. Th Wakayama Castle grounds are the most popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in Wakayama. Mount Koya is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Omine, Yoshino, and Kumano Sanzan. Hiking through the Kumano Kodo trail allows you to travel around the pristine land of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and forests in the Kumano Region. Finally, many travelers travel from all over Japan here to enjoy the natural hot springs, like Shirahama Onsen and Katsuura Onsen, which offer different effects of beauty and relaxation for your body.

photo of Wakayama City

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama City

Wakayama City is the prefectural center of politics, economy and culture, located on the Wakayama Plain at the mouth of Kino-kawa River.

photo of Mt Koya (Koyasan)

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Mt Koya (Koyasan)

Koyasan is the center for an important Buddhist sect known as Shingon Buddhism. It is located on the forest covered mountain top of Mount Koya.

photo of Dorokyo Valley

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Dorokyo Valley

The Doro-kyo Valley is situated in the eastern Wakayama at the border with Nara and Mie.

photo of Katsuura

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Katsuura

Nachi-Katsuura-machi Town located in the southeast of Wakayama faces the Katsuura Bay on the southern coast of the Kii-hanto Peninsula.

photo of Nanki Shirahama

Kansai | Wakayama Prefecture

Nanki Shirahama

Shirahama is a place where flowers bloom earlier than anywhere, with sun shining brightly all year round.