Top Things To Do In Wakayama! From Spiritual Getaways To Onsen Resorts!
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!
Wakayama Castle 和歌山城
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
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
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.
Adventure World アドベンチャーワールド
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
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
10 AM- 5 PM
Onsen Resort 温泉
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.
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!
- 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.