Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Shirasaki Ocean Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou Obiki 960-1
    With cobalt blue waters and a shining white coastline, some call the Shirasaki Ocean Park the Aegean Sea of Japan. Visitors enjoy diving, snorkeling and other marine activities, along with camping and barbecuing. At the restaurant you can enjoy the trademark light and fluffy waffles, while sitting on the terrace overlooking the ocean.

    You can enjoy significant view of the combination of blue sea and white rock, which is like the Aegian Sea. You can also enjoy various marine sports like fising or scuba-dybing.

  • Adventure World
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2399
    This entertainment complex opened in 1978 focusing on the theme of interaction between people, animals, and nature includes a theme park, aquarium, and zoo. The zoo has succeeded in breading a total of 12 pandas, the greatest number outside China itself. In the popular Panda Love exhibit, daily backyard tours are held (advance reservation required). In the Safari World, visitors can view the animals up close in environments close to their natural habitats from vehicles such as a special bus. There are also walkable areas to stroll through. During the summer break period, the park remains open in the evening as well.

    リブロースステーキセット、あらびきハンバーグセット、ライオンポテト、生ビール(大)コーラ、で¥6500ほどでした。ファミレスで言うならロイホっぽい価格帯。味は悪くなくごはんの炊き具合も良かったです。 テーブルクロスが塗り絵になっているのですが、色鉛筆が尖っていないタイプなので色鉛筆を持ち込むとよりお子さんも喜ぶと思います。

  • Koyasan Reihokan Museum
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    4.5
    159 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 306
    This facility preserves and displays invaluable Buddhist imagery and paintings from temples on Mt. Koya, such as the Kongobu-ji temple, the head temple of Shingon Buddhism. Opened in 1921, the museum's collection currently includes some 28 thousand important works of art, including 21 National Treasures, 143 Important Cultural Properties, and 16 Wakayama Prefecturally Designated Cultural Properties. During the extremely popular Great Treasure Hall Exhibition in summer, the museum displays the Eight Great Youths, a sculpture designated a National Treasure that was carved by Unkei, the greatest Buddhist imagery maker of the Kamakura period.

    Koyasan recently celebrated it 1200th anniversary, and some of the treasures in this museum are that old, loaned from some of the 100 monasteries on this mountain. The museum is small and so displays...

  • Shirahama Aquarium, Kyoto University
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    4.0
    117 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 459
    This aquarium is annexed to the Kyoto University marine laboratory, and it’s open to the public for a fee. There are four different exhibits, with sharks, rays, large migratory fish, species from the neighboring waters, freshwater fish, and more on display. It also has one of the country’s best collections of invertebrates, including sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and more. There’s a 250-ton tank as well, making this a popular tourist spot. It’s also great for academic study.

    This is an aquarium located in the marine station of Kyoto University. Its small, but highly educational. Professors take time to curate maybe during weekdays. Entrance fee is only 600¥, free for...

  • Wakayama Park Zoo
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Ichibanchou 3
    "This zoo is approximately ten minutes on foot from Nankai Wakayamashi Station and 15 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. Located on the premises of Wakayama Castle, it is one of Japan's unusual zoos. Built in 1915, it mainly consisted of the Deer, Monkey, and Waterfowl Breeding Center. It closed for a time due to the influence of World War ll and resumed operations in 1970. Today they breed 30 kinds of animals, including 13 mammal and 17 bird species. In addition to its ""Bear Hut"" populated by moon bears, the zoo's sectioned into a Fairy Tale Garden and a Waterfowl Garden where you can take a stroll and try feeding some of the animals."

    Terrible place. Needs to be shut down. We walked through here to get to the castle. Had already read bad reviews but thought it cant possibly be that bad. Well it was. Animals are in tiny, concrete...

  • Kudoyama Sanada Museum
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Kudoyama 1452-4
    A museum located in Kudoyama, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture which opened in 2016 and which is dedicated to presenting the history of the Warring States period samurai Sanada Masayuki, his son Sanada Yukimura, and grandson Sanada Daisuke. Informational panels and videos present the life of Yukimura during his time in Kudoyama, the area where he spent the majority of his life. The museum also displays paintings and calligraphy by the three men as well as a folding screen which depicts Yukimura fighting in the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka. In addition to a standing exhibition, the museum also holds special exhibitions irregularly.

    A nice arrangements of displays, mostly of information and illustrations on the wall with some artifacts from the past. No English brochure available but they had many of the wall displays with...

  • Jofuku Park
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    3.5
    59 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Jofuku 1-4-24
    This spot is said to be where the sorcerer Jofuku arrived in Japan seeking the elixir of eternal youth at the behest of Emperor Qin of China, in third century BC. It was established as a park in 1994. The tomb of Jofuku, surrounded by the trees from which the tendaiu elixir was made, is here, as well as his epitaph and the Nanatsuka memorial to Jofuku’s seven vassals. At the shop one can buy tea that contains the tendaiuyaku (miraculous medicinal plant), as well as rent bicycles and Chinese style costumes.

    So Jofuku is really a court shaman from China and it was really interesting to learn more about him. I dont know if the elixir of life plant works for health, but you can buy some products .ade...

  • Yosuien
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Nishihama 1164
    The 10th lord of the Kishu domain, Tokugawa Harutomi, constructed this Daimyo garden located in Nishihama, Wakayama Prefecture. It’s a circuit-style garden, rare in Japan, with a pond that drew in water from the ocean. You’ll find pine trees and various seasonal trees scattered about, and the garden layout across the straight Mitsuhashi Bridge that utilizes the natural scenery of Mt. Tenjin and Mt. Takozushi is enchanting. Be sure to visit the Yosuitei teahouse, the Omotesenke tea ceremony room, and the relocated Tokugawa residence “Minatogoten.” This garden has also been designated one of Japan’s Places of Scenic Beauty.

    Yosuien is government-designated beauty spot. This is a great and healing garden created by Wakayama daimyo (feudal lord). This place is quiet and you can enjoy nice view which consists of beautiful...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukiage 1-4-14
    This modern art museum was built on the Wakayama Castle site and features a refined, contemporary design. The collections and exhibitions focus on fine art from the Meiji period to present times. In addition to works by Wakayama artists, there are over 10,000 items in total, including 13 oil paintings by Yuzo Saeki and works by Picasso, woodblock prints by Munch, and more. There are planned exhibitions and collection items on display, as well as temporary exhibitions.

    After the very disappointing national art gallery in Osaka, it was a pleasant surprise to walk through this gallery primarily comprising Japanese artists and the odd American (e.g. Rothko). There was...

  • Aquarium of Crab and Shrimp
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunsusamichou Esumi 808-1
    "This aquarium is about eight minutes on foot from Esumi Station. Re-purposing the former Esumi Junior High School, it's home to about 150 varieties of crustaceans, including shrimp and crabs. Their ""Seafloor Exploration Sub"" is a tank with small shrimp and crabs modeled on a submarine. They also have unusual varieties like the Tasmanian Giant Crab, one of the largest in the world. The Susami Ocean Tank has a reproduction of the Guinness World Record holding mail box on the ocean floor, and their Marine Environment Learning Center conducts seasonal experiments with the creatures there."

    We are glad to have visited this aquarium which mainly habitats shrimp and crabs. Its small but interesting since a lot of these species of crustaceans I had never seen before. I particularly like...

  • Grampus Resort Inn Shirahama Auto Campground
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    3.0
    37 Reviews
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho Senjojiki 2953-3
    This campground is located in the Shirahama Highland, a ten-minute drive from the Nanki Shirahama Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via the Orange Road. It is near the Senjojiki rock plateau and the Sandanbeki Cliff in Shirahama, and its views of the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean are a special attraction. In addition to a tenting site, where visitors can set up tents and tarpaulins, there are also trailers, lodges built in the style of mountain huts, and Mongolian yurts. Other facilities include kitchens, flush toilets, and a coin laundry. Visitors can even make use of a hot spring facility, Senjo no Yu.

    We have 2nd night move to here from Wakayama and you can park your car next to the trailer. Most Japanese families around you will do BBQ as there is a shop sell everything or you can dine in around...

  • Wakayama Marina City
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    An artificial island floating in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama City, Wakayama which was completed in 1994 in line with the World Resort Exhibition. The island hosts a variety of leisure facilities, including Porto Europe, a theme park modeled after a European port town; a resort hotel; a marina; market; fishing park; day trip hot spring bath facility; and activity-oriented pavilions which present the appeals of Wakayama. The Kuroshio Market sells everything from offshore catches to international seafood, and here you can enjoy watching a tuna butchering show, various events, and seafood barbecuing.
  • Kushimoto Marine Park
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Arida 1157
    Here you can enjoy both the sea and the aquarium. Enjoy sites that you can’t see anywhere else including the world’s northernmost largest community of table coral and schools of swimming bluefin tuna. You can also try feeding the turtles and the tuna or go whale watching and check out the flying fish. In 2005 it joined the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

    串本海中公園の敷地内にあります。お土産も売っているので、海中公園で遊んだ後に、食事、お買い物と便利だと思います。

  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Kainanshi Funo 370-1
    The Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Natural History in Funoo, Kainan City, has two exhibition spaces. The first is an aquarium and the second is dedicated to animals and plants, geology, fossils and diorama exhibits. Events inside the museum as well as outdoor events such as nature observation tours and excavation trips are held from time to time making it a great place to learn about the rich and diverse wildlife and nature around Wakayama.

    即位礼正殿の儀の慶祝行事として、入館料が無料となっていました。全滅となったと報道されていた大水槽も復旧していました。早く、以前のように、多く、大きな魚が、泳ぎ回る姿を見たいものです。

  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunyuasachou Yuasa 7
    This museum is located next to the venerable Kadocho Soy Sauce factory established in 1841 in Yuasa which is said to be the origin of soy-sauce. Originally built in 1866 this building now is a museum with classic tools and manufacturing techniques on display including prep tubs and wheat pressing mechanisms. You will also find the soy-sauce museum with dioramas and panels explaining how soy sauce is made. While there is no entry fee reservations are required.

    Having discovered that Yuasa was the birth place of Soy Sauce, It was a real foodie’s pilgrimage. The lady at this museum spoke enough English coupled with my basic Japanese, made the visit really...

  • Wakayama City Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Minatohonmachi 3-2
    "This museum is about five minutes on foot from Wakayamashi Station and about 20 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. Next to the Wakayama Civic Library, the museum opened in 1985. Their permanent exhibit ""What the Materials Tell of Wakayama's History"" has a total of six display areas. Five cover the primitive to the modern era, and a sixth Folk Area gives a feel for farm life. Their special and planned exhibits showcase various periods in history and different areas, and they host lectures and educational workshops too. The museum shop sells picture books of past exhibits."

    南海電鉄「和歌山市」駅からまっすぐ歩いて10分程のところにあります。外観はいかにも公共施設ですが、一歩中に入ると天井の高い石造りで靴音や声がよく響くコンサートホールのような建物で驚きました。 特別展「お殿様の宝物─南葵文庫と紀州徳川家伝来の美術─」が開催中でした。江戸時代の大名には親藩・譜代・外様の別がありますが、親藩のなかでも尾張・紀州・水戸は将軍を輩出できる別格の扱いとされました。現在、尾張...

  • Manyo-kan
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Wakauraminami 3-1700-2
    "A museum dedicated to the ancient ""Man'yoshu"" poetry anthology located inside Kataonami Park. Here visitors can learn about the world of the ""Man'yoshu"" from a variety of perspectives using touch panels, informational signs, reproductions of and actual items used as part of daily life in the time period, and exhibits on the cultural background and customs at the time of the ""Man'yoshu."" There are also gallery exhibits and a Man'yo Theater which uses slides and video projectors to illustrate the world of the ""Man'yoshu ."""

    和歌浦にある県立の施設で、入場無料でした。隣接のレストランで食事するなどすると駐車場も無料になります。万葉集の中で風光明媚で有名な和歌浦がよく詠まれていることにちなんでこの地に建てられたそうです。

  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukiage 1-4-14
    This prefectural museum is located near Wakayama Castle in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. It was moved to its current location and opened in 1994. Architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the building, which features glass walls for a bright, modern look. The collection consists of over 1,000 items, including cultural artifacts and historical documents related to Wakayama Prefecture on display, along with materials on Mt. Koya, the Kumano faith, and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. There are also items that belonged to Kishu Tokugawa. The regular exhibits introduce 30,000 years of Wakayama Prefecture history, and special exhibitions and other projects are held year-round.

    以前に、来たことがあったのですが、毎月第1日曜日が、入館無料となったため、来てみました。良い取り組みだと思います。

  • Kushimoto Okyo Rosetsu Art Museum
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 833
    This art museum is a 10-minute walk from Kushimoto Station, on the grounds of Muryoji Temple. Modern art and local historical documents are stored and displayed alongside temple treasures. Although said to be the smallest art museum in Japan their collection includes a number of early-modern works by artists such as Maruyama Okyo and his student Nagasawa Rosetsu as well as Kano Tanyu and Hakuin. 55 of their room partition paintings including Maruyama Okyo’s “Hajougunsenzu” and Nagasawa Rosetsu’s “Ryukozu” have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    本堂や収蔵庫は案内してもらわないと入れないので、他のお客さんとバッティングすると待たないといけません。本堂の襖絵のレプリカは撮影可能です。収蔵庫は平成2年に建てられたそうですが、中がとても綺麗で、そこで見る本物は圧巻でした。ずーっと見ていたいけど、案内の方を待たせるのも…ともどかしい思いでした。 お寺の周りの道はとっても狭いので運転にはご注意ください。(ミニバンで幅ギリギリでした)

  • Sea Fishing Park
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    3.0
    17 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1535-3 Wakayama within marina city
    This sea fishing park is in Wakayama Marina City on a man-made island in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama. Even children and beginners can have fun fishing at this popular spot. In this Ocean Fishing Pond you can catch larger fish such as sea bream and amberjack and even if nothing is biting they guarantee at least one sea bream with half day admission. The fishing park covers a 570-meter-long breakwater and the fish you can catch will change depending on season including flounder, black porgy, filefish, mackerel, and horse mackerel. Rental fishing gear and bait are available on site.

    GW中で海釣り公園も人でいっぱいでした。海釣り公園と釣り堀の二形態あり、もちろん値段は違いますが釣り公園でのんびり釣りをするも良し、釣り堀で大型魚の釣り体験するも良しその時々に選べてまた来たいです。

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Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country's most delicious ramen noodles.

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