Updated: November 07, 2018
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Top Things To Do In Wakayama! From Spiritual Getaways To Onsen Resorts!

Wakayama

Wakayama is a wonderful prefecture to visit in the Kansai region. There is just so much to discover! There are UNESCO World Heritage sites, spiritual getaways, awesome sightseeing spots, beach & onsen resorts, theme parks, etc. There really is something for everyone in Wakayama alone!

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Sightseeing

Wakayama Castle 和歌山城

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The Wakayama Castle is a 1585 construction ordered by the warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Most of the castle was destroyed during the Second World War, however, the Okaguchi Gate and the stone walls are from the original construction. In fact, most of the current construction dates post WW2.

While visiting the castle, you can see some samurai weaponry and armoury from Japan's Edo Period.
The surrounding environment is also impressively beautiful and is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing in the Spring.

Mount Koya 高野山

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In Wakayama Prefecture, you can experience an unforgettable spiritual experience. Up in the mountains, surrounded by over 100 temples, you can lose yourself in the beauty of the area, and hopefully find yourself too.
Mount Koya is home to Shingon Buddhism, a sect founded in the 9th century. Shingon believes that wisdom can be developed through special rituals.
You can stay at one of the Buddhist temples and experience the life of a monk for a short while. At the break of dawn, you can meditate in the temple.

Nachi Waterfall 那智滝

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Nachi Falls is the tallest waterfall in Japan. The 133-meter fall is in the small town of Nachi. The fall is right by the Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine.
This area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Sacred Site because it is an important spiritual centre. It is a famous area for spiritual pilgrimages.

Theme Parks

Adventure World アドベンチャーワールド

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Wakayama Adventure World is such an exciting place to spend the day. It is a huge theme park where you can have access to a zoo, an aquarium and outdoor rides! Be sure to visit the pandas!

<Admission>
Senior (65+): 4,000 yen
Adult (18+): 4,500 yen
Junior (Senior High-School & Junior High School Students): 3,500 yen
Children (Elementary Students Ages 4+): 2,500 yen

<Opening hours>
The park is usually open from 9:30 AM to 5 PM (please check the website in case of an irregular schedule).

Port Europe ポルトヨーロッパ

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Porto Europe is a full-scale replica of the streets in Europe. Can you imagine walking through the streets of France, Italy & Spain in the same day, all the while having a beautiful view of the ocean? There is also an amusement park with rides for children and adults!

<Admission fee>
Adults:¥3,500
Children:¥2,900

<Opening hours>
10 AM- 5 PM

Resorts

Onsen Resort 温泉

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In Wakayama Shirahama Onsen, 6 out of the 8 hot spring facilities are open to the public, and the rest are only available to overnight guests.
Shirasuna onsen is only 100 yen to get in, and because it is visible to those on the beach, a bathing suit is required.
Sakinoyu also has an outdoor bath and admission is 420 yen and offers a breathtaking view of the sea.

Beach Resort

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"Shirahama" is the most popular beach in the area, and it means white beach because of the white sand covering its shore. It really is a breathtaking scenery, no wonder it is the number one beach resort in the area!
Shirahama has a very festive atmosphere with fireworks on its shore every day in the summer!
If you're a seafood lover, you'll be excited to know that the spiny lobster is a local delicacy. It is as delicious raw as it is casually cooked on a BBQ. Bonito is also a staple in the locals' diet!

Eating

Ramen ラーメン

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Each prefecture in Japan has its regional specialty in terms of ramen. What is special in Wakayama you might ask? Thick pork broth Chinese ramen with....sushi! Yep, the people from Wakayama enjoy eating sushi with their ramen! Why not give it a try too!

Mikan みかん

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Mikan is a sweet seedless citrus that is very similar to tangerine oranges. The mikan fruit is mainly produced in Wakayama Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture in Japan. It is originally from China, but it has been extremely popular in Japan for centuries (its origin can be traced back to the 15th century). While you're in Wakayama, you should enjoy this delicious fruit!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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