Wakayama

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Wakayama Castle
 
 
     
 
Towering at the center of Wakayama City
Wakayama Castle, the symbol of Wakayama city, was built in 1585 and was the residence of the lord of the Kishu in Edo Period. The castle burnt down once, and was reconstructed in 1958. Many samurai armor is displayed in Tenshukaku, or castle tower. The top of the Tenshukaku is the best place to enjoy the view of Wakayama city. There is a tearoom to experience the traditional tea ceremony.
       
●Open/9:00-17:00(Last entry at 16:30), Dec.-Feb. 9:00-16:30 (Last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Dec.29-31  ●Fare/Tenshukaku:¥400
Momijidani Teien Garden: Free  ●Tel/073-422-8979
◆Access/A short walk from Koen-mae bus stop by Wakayama bus from JR Wakayama Stn.
       
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Wakayama Marina City
 
 
     
 
A resort island packed full of fun
Wakayama Marina City is a leisure paradise on the artificial island in southern Wakayama. At Porto Europe, the visitors can make the most of the exciting attractions. You can also savor the reasonably priced mouthwatering seafood BBQ at the Kuroshio Market where seafood and local produce are sold.
       
●Open/10:00-17:00(-18:00 weekends & holidays), Vary according to the season.
●Closed/Irregular  ●Fare/Port Europe Admission ticket: Junior high school students and over ¥1,400, 4 & over ¥800  ●Tel/073-448-0008
◆Access/The bus bound for Marina City is available from JR Wakayama Stn. or Nankai Wakayamashi Stn.
       
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Mt. Koya (Kongobuji Temple)
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
A holy site with 1,200 years of history
The top of this 900 m mountain is the birthplace of Shingon esoteric Buddhism. It has flourished as a sacred place for 1,200 years. There are quite a few temples such as Kongobuji Temple, the head temple of Shingon Sect in this mountain and tombs of historic figures of each era are located in Okunoin. This mountain was designated as World Heritage in 2004.
       
●Open/[Kongobuji Temple]
8:30-16:30 (Last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/[Kongobuji Temple]
¥500  ●Tel/0736-56-2616(Mt.Koya Tourism Association)
◆Access/A short walk from Kongobuji-mae bus stop by Nankai Rinkan bus from Nankai Koyasan Stn. (to reach Koyasan Stn., transfer to cable car is needed at Nankai Gokuraku-bashi Stn.)
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Shirahama Spa
 
 
     
 
Wakayama's greatest tourist attraction
Every year approximately 3.5 million tourists stay at Shirahama Spa, which was written in Manyoshu, Japan's oldest anthology and visited by emperors. It is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan along with Arima and Dogo. This is also one of the largest spa resorts and has over 120 sources and over 90 spa hotels. Shirahama is the largest tourist spot in Wakayama Pref. since it is blessed with stunning landscapes such as Shirarahama Beach that is famous for beautiful white sandy beaches, Engetsuto Island, Sandanbeki Cliff and Senjojiki.
       
●Tel/0739-43-5511(Shirahama Tourism Association)
◆Access/By bus from JR Shirahama Stn.
       
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Hashikuiiwa Rocks and Cape Shionomisaki
 
 
     
 
Magnificent natural beauty looking out on the Pacific Ocean
Kushimoto is known for its beautiful seaside landscape. Hashikuiiwa Rocks in particular, which is a group of pointed rocks standing in line for 850 m long on the seashore, make for magnificent scenery. There is Shionomisaki Kanko Tower at the southernmost point of Shionomisaki which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The 360 degree panoramic view of the horizon and mountain ranges from the tower gives the impression of a truly spherical earth. You can also enjoy whale watching nearby.
       
●Tel/0735-62-3171(Kushimoto Town Tourism Association)
◆Access/[Hashikuiiwa Rocks] 
A short walk from Hashikuiiwa bus stop by Kumano Kotsu bus from JR Kushimoto Stn.

[Cape Shionomisaki] 
A short walk from Shionomisaki bus stop by Kumano Kotsu bus from JR Kushimoto Stn.
       
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Kumano Hayatama Shrine
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
One of the 3 shrines of Kumano along with Hongu and Nachi
The beautiful shrine with brilliant vermilion-lacquered pavilions is said to have been moved to its current location in 128. In the Holy Treasure House within the shrine's grounds, over 1,200 pieces of national treasures and important cultural assets are exhibited. The sacred tree of podocarpus nagi, which is over 1,000 years old, is worshiped by people praying for safety at sea. Nearby is a park with a lot of Chinese atmosphere, built in remembrance of Jofuku, who came from China 2,200 years ago in search of the elixir of life.
       
●Open/[Shinpoukan] 
9:00-16:00
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free  ●Tel/0735-22-2533
◆Access/15 min. walk from JR Shingu Stn.
       
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