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Nachi Fall in Wakayama

Things to Do in Wakayama

Wakayama Prefecture is home to incredible natural beauty such as Niichi Falls, historical past like Wakayama Castle and spiritual escapes like Mount Koya!

Wakayama Castle

Wakayama Castle with cherry blossoms

Nearby the Kii river, Wakayama Castle was once the home of Saiga Ikki during feudal Japan. It had been taken over and seized multiple times throughout its life but now Wakayama Castle is now the symbol of Wakayama, Japan and is visited throughout the year by locals and tourists alike. Wakayama Castle was destroyed in World War 2 and has since been rebuilt using modern materials. It is now considered a greatly historic site in Japan.
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Wakayama Castle

Address: 3 Ichibancho, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 20 minute walk from Wakayamashi Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
*Closed December 29-31

Admission Fee: 410 yen

Phone: 073-422-8979

Website: Wakayama Castle


Nachi Falls

Nachi Fall in Wakayama

Nachi Falls is the largest single drop waterfall in Japan at over 130 meters tall. Widely considered to be one of the greatest waterfalls in Japan, the top of the falls are overlooked by the beautiful Seiganto-Ji Temple of which many visitors come to see. The Nachi falls are considered a remarkable backdrop for photography. The Nachi Falls and the surrounding area were once used as a pilgrimage location called the Kumano Kodo traveled by Japanese Buddhist monks.
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Nachi Falls

Address: Nachisan, Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 30 minutes by bus from JR Kii Katsura Station

Hours: Always open (shrine closes at 4:00 PM)

Admission Fee:
300 yen (Adults)
200 yen (Students)

Phone: 0735-55-0321

Website: Nichi Falls Official Site (Japanese)


Kishu Toshogu Shrine

Kishu Toshogu Shrine in Wakayama

To say the Kishu Toshogu Shrine has cultural significance would be an understatement. The Kishu Toshogu Shrine is where the the body of Tokugawa Ieyesu rests whome of which is the first Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate. One of the most memorale features of the Kishu Toshogu Shrine would definitley be Samurai Hill located at the base of Shrine where visitors will have to climb 108 steps to the top. The beautiful Edo style artwork and arcitecture that decorates the Kishu Toshogu Shrine is complemented by the beautiful green forest that cradels this historical shrine.
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Kishu Toshogu Shrine

Address: 2 Chome-1-20 Wakauranishi, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Wakayama Statoin

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee: 500 yen

Phone: 073-444-0808

Website: Kishi Toshogu Shrine Official Site (Japanese)


Shirahama Onsen

Shirahama Onsen in Wakayama

The Shirahama Onsen Resort is situated on in the Nanki Shirahama area of the Wakayama Prefecture. It is safe to say that the Shirahama Onsen is one of the most popular and beautiful destinations in Wakayama as visitors come to see the beautiful white sandy beaches and dip into one of the many natural hot springs that are scattered about the area. The Shirahama Onsen has a history of over 1,300 years which means that visitors can be rest assured that they will be taking in a piece of cultural history along with natural beauty.
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Shirahama Onsen

Address: Shirahama, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 2 hours and 30 minutes from Shin Osaka station to Shirahama Station by the JR Kinokuni Line Express train.

Website: Shirahama Onsen City Website


Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo in Wakayama

Designated by UNESCO World Heritage Property as a Sacred Site, the Kumano Kodo is one of Japan’s oldest and most sacred sites and has been a pilgrimage mecca for Japanese Buddhist Monks for centuries. Areas such as Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan, Yoshino and Omine are connected by the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes. Beginning in the Wakayama Prefecture, the Kumano Kodo stretches all the way to the Ise Shrine in the Mie Prefecture. The Kumano Kodo is perfect for avid hikers or nature lovers.
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Kumano Kodo

Address: Nakahechicho Kurisugawa, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 29 minutes by car from Asso Station in Wakayama

Phone: 0739-63-0048


Tama the Cat Station Master

Tama the Cat Station Master in Wakayama
Photo Credit:Takobou@wikipedia

The Tama Cat phenomenon swept the Kishi Station in the Wakayama Prefecture in 2007 as Tama was selected as the Station Master by railway officials. The primary duty of Tama the Station Master was to greet passengers with a cute station hat in place of a salary. Due to the appointing of Tama as the Station Master, the once financially troubled Kishi Station saw a boost in tourism as people around Japan came to visit Tama the Station Master. Unfortunately Tama passed away in 2015 as she lived to be 16 years old! Tama the Cat Station Master’s position is now proudly occupied by her predecessor Nitama who is doing a fine job.
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Tama the Cat Station Master

Address: Kishigawacho Kodo, Kinokawa, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 34 minutes by train from Wakayama Station on the Wakayama Dentetsu-Kishigawa Line

Hours: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday – Friday

Phone: 81-73-433-8118

Website: Wakayama City Tourist Information


Tore Tore Market

Tore Tore Market in Wakayama

Located in the Nishimuro District of the Wakayama Prefecture lies the Tore Tore Market where visitors can purchase local fresh fish, produce and sample various snacks throughout the market. Visitors are also provided a barbecue where visitors can cook the foods bought from the market. Food lovers will definitely want to make a stop at the Tore Tore Market!
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Tore Tore Market

Address: 2521 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 5 minutes by bus from Shirahama Station

Hours: 08:30 AM – 06:30 PM


Website: Tore Tore Official Site (Japanese)


Sandanbeki Dokutsu Cave

Sandanbeki Dokutsu Cave

The Sandanbeki Dokutsu Cave is one of the most beautiful natural caves in all of Japan. A 2 kilometer deep cave takes visitors on an underground adventure filled with historical sites and natural beauty. Visitors will be required to pay for entrance as they cannot enter on their own. the Sandanbeki Cave is one of the most beautiful and mysterious attractions of Wakayama.
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Sandanbeki Dokutsu Cave

Address: 2927-52 Shirohama-Cho, Nishimuro Distric, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 25 minutes by bus from Shirohama Station

Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Admission Fee:
1,300 yen (Adults)
650 yen (Children)

Phone: 0739-42-4495

Website: Sandabeki Cave Official Site


Tomogashima Island

Tomogashima island in Wakayama

Near the Seto Sea in Wakayama there are a patch of 4 Islands called Tomogashima. Long ago the islands were used as training grounds for Buddhist Shugendo monks. Now visitors come to view the untouched nature of the islands and experience the beautiful green scenery year round. During the Meiji era there was once a military compound on the island that is now overrun with growth and plant life. The military compound and Tomogashima’s famous lighthouse are a great experience for those looking for a sightseeing adventure.
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Tomogashima Island

Address: Tomogashima, Japan

Access: 20 by Ferry from Kada Port

Admission Fee:
2,000 yen (Adults)
1,000 yen (Children)

Phone: 073-459-1333

Website: Tomogashima Ferry


Awashima Shrine

Awashima Shrine in Wakayama

The Awashima Shrine in the Wakayama Prefecture is solely dedicated to the Japanese Hina dolls as there are thousands spread about the Awashima Shrines grounds. March 3rd marks a very important day for the Awashima Shrine as it is Girl’s Day is celebrated across Japan as families pray for the happiness and health of their daughters. The Awashima Shrine also celebrates Nigashibina where boats will be filled with Japanese Hina dolls will be set out to sea.
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Awashima Shrine

Address: 118 Kada, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 15 minute walk from Kada Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5 PM
*Closed 12/21-1/3 、2/21-3/3

Admission Fee:
300 yen (Adults)
200 yen (Children)

Phone: 073-459-0043

Website: Kada City Official Site


Mount Koya

Mount Koya in Wakayama

Mount Koya can be found in the Northeast part of the Wakayama Prefecture and is considered to be an active religious center for Shingon Buddhism. Visitors come from all over to take in the mysterious atmosphere and take a glance at one of the many temples located about. Visitors are especially interested in staying the night at one of the temple lodges called Shukubo.
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Mount Koya

Address: Koya-san, Koyasan, Koya, Ito District, Wakayama

Access: 5 minutes by cable car from Gokurakubashi Station

Website: Mount Koya Official Site


Nanki Shirahama Adventure World

Giant panda

Nanki Shirahama Adventure World is a massive entertainment complex consisting of an Amusement Park, Safari Park Zoo, an Aquarium and the main stay, Panda Land. Visitors can easily spend the entire day and more as they see various animals on the Safari Zoo tour or have fun with the large Pandas who lay about in Panda Land. The Nanki Shirahama Adventure World’s facilites are incredibly massive which leaves visitors with endless options for entertainment and picture opportunities with cute animals.
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Nanki Shirahama Adventure World

Address: 2399 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 10 minutes by bus from Shirahama Station

Hours: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
*Closed Wednesdays

Admission Fee:
4,100 yen (Adults)
3,700 yen (Seniors)
3,300 yen (Students)
2,500yen (Children)

Phone: 0570-064-481

Website: Adventure World Official Site


Yosui Park

Yosui Park in Wakayama

Yosui Park is a beautiful Japanese Garden located on the Western part of the Wakayama Prefecture. Yosui Park sites right along the water which offers visitors a cool breeze as they take in the sites of the over 200 year old Japanese Garden which has been classified as a Cultural Heritage Site by the Japanese Government. Visitors who love Japanese Gardens will definitley not want to miss their chance at viewing Yosui Park.
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Yosui Park

Address: 1188 Nishihama, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 15 minutes by bus from Kimiidera Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Kiifudoki no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore

Kiifudoki no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore in Wakayama

The Kiifudoki no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore takes visitors back thousands of years to the original inhabitants of the Wakayama area. Visitors will be able to take a look into ancient folklores and see the original building sites of the Wakayama Prefecture. History lovers will surely want to take a trip to the Kiifudoki no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore in Wakayama.
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Kiifudoki no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore

Address: 1411 Iwase, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture

Access: 20 minutes by bus from Wakayama Station

Hours: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
*Closed Mondays

Admission Fee:
190 yen (Adults)
90 yen (Students)

Phone: 073-471-6123

Website: Kiifudoko no Oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore (Japanese)


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