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  • Adventure World
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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.
  • Wakayama Marina City
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Shirarahama Beach
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    A beautiful swimming beach considered one of the best of the Kinki region whose white sands stretch for 640 meters. Generally opened to the public around May 3 each year, the earliest on the main island of Honshu, the beach is popular for its equatorial beach resort-like atmosphere. In addition, Shirasuna, a large, pool-like mixed sex open-air bath (bathing suit required) is open year-round and can be used as a foot bath in winter.
  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
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    Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture other
    This ancient pilgrimage route, also called the Kumano Sankeido, visits the Three Head Kumano Shrines—the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. Starting in ancient times, the Kumano faith grew strong throughout the centuries, and countless people of all classes, from emperors and nobles to samurai and commoners have traveled this pilgrimage route. Due to the heavy rains in the area, the route’s stone paving still remains exposed in some areas, such as Daimon-zaka. A nationally designated Historic Site, a portion is also registered a World Heritage Site as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
  • Porto Europa
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    These theme park, located on the manmade island “Wakayama Marina City” in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture is modeled after a European port town. It is comprised of two zones: The “Porto Europa” and the “Park Pacific” amusement park. The Porto Europa zone features a French and Italian port town, buildings modeled after old Spanish castles, and other exotic elements. The amusement park has a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, water slide, and more. Entry is free.
  • Koyasan Reihokan Museum
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    4.5
    141 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    While visiting the Koyasan complex, we decided to visit the museum to learn a bit more fo the context of the complex, as well as see some highly recommended statues, we were slightly disappointed...

  • Daimon-zaka
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    A hill path and part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage which extends to the sacred Mt. Nachi. Some 600 meters in length, the path, paved with moss-covered stones, passes through a thick forest of cedar trees. The path still strongly bears the marks of the time when it bustled with worshipers of the Kumano faith, who seek enlightenment through penance on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. Daimon means “great gate”—a large gate once stood at the entrance to the path. Points of interest include the 800-year-old “Husband and Wife Cedars” standing across from each other along the path.
  • Shirahama Energy Land
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    3.5
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3083
    Come experience this mystery filled theme park centered around ''People and Natural Energy!'' Try a variety challenges to overcome including The Maze, or Solar Town where you can learn all about renewable energy. Check out the mysterious pictures that fool your eyes with optical illusions in the Trick Art House. With these and many more there are a lot of ways to have fun while learning!

    Went in the afternoon and a couple of hours was all we needed. Interactive and educational. A little dated but still managed to amuse my teenager.

  • Kishu Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2054-4
    An art museum located at the entrance to Hirasogen Park offering a sweeping via of the Shirahama Onsen area. Opened in 1973, the museum boasts a collection of over 1,300 pieces built around artworks collected by the Kotake family, a distinguished family from the former Kii Province, over a period of some 400 years. Although small in size, the museum has numerous points of note, including a complete collection of Hiroshige's Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō as well as other ukiyo-e prints by him and such famed artists as Utamaro, Sharaku, and Hokusai. The museum also boasts what is deemed the greatest collection of ancient Karatsu ware in Japan.
  • Yoshino-Kumano National Park
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    Mie prefecture, Nara prefecture, Wakayama prefecture
    This national park straddles the three prefectures of Wakayama, Mie and Nara, and is made up of the mountainous areas located in the middle of the Kii Peninsula and the rivers and coastal areas located in the southern part of the peninsula. There are many scenic sights in the park such as Yoshino Mountain, famous as one of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing areas, the well-known and highest peak in the Kinki region Mt. Hakkyogatake, Kareki Nada known for its beautiful scenery, as well as numerous historical buildings including the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine, which is registered as a World Heritage Site. There are visitor centers in two areas of the park in Ukui and Odaigahara, exhibiting materials on nature and the ecosystems of each region, as well as periodically holding events such as nature observation sessions etc. Sign language or written messages may be used for communication.
  • Kushimoto Marine Park
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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.
  • Kudoyama Sanada Museum
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kushimoto Diving Park
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Arida 1157 within the Kushimoto underwater park
    This diving spot in Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama City, is one of the best in the country and has plenty of dive locations for everyone from beginners to experts. With the mild climate at the southernmost tip of Honshu Island and the Kuroshio current you can see a view of the ocean that’s unique to Kushimoto and different from any other temperate or tropical location. In the bay you can see over 100 different types of coral and colorful fish and in the open sea you’ll come face to face with large migratory fish. The beach near the diving park is private and has a usage fee for its facilities. A wide variety of programs and rentals are offered including diving and boat-diving.

    ビーチからのエントリーでラムサール条約登録の素晴らしい珊瑚が広がる。 テーブル珊瑚、枝珊瑚の群生は圧巻。 本州で、ビーチで、これだけの珊瑚が見られるなんて! シュノーケルエリアとダイビングエリアが分かれいる。 とても浅いところから珊瑚がたくさん有るので、 傷付けない様に気をつけてみんなに見て・楽しんで欲しい海。 施設には休憩テラス、レストラン、ゲスト用冷蔵庫、ポットのお湯、お茶、外シャワー、更...

  • Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunhirogawachou Hiro 671
    When a tsunami was generated after a major earthquake in 1854, Hamaguchi Goryo set fire to the rice straw stacked in his own fields in order to guide the local villagers toward safety. This museum is comprised of two halls, Hamaguchi goryo Archives introducing the life of Hamaguchi Goryo and anecdotes relating to his character, and Tsunami Educational Center which conveys the dangers of earthquakes and tsunami as well as important disaster prevention knowledge. Game-based exhibits, videos, and simulators present disaster prevention information relating to the topics of first-aid, prevention, and recovery. Closest station: Yuasa Station.

    有名な稲むらの火ですが、想像では刈り取った米の入った稲穂を燃やしたのかと思っていましたが、ここに来て初めて藁だと知りました。当時、藁は、草履や茅葺きなどに使っていたため、大事にされていたとのことでした。

  • Sea Fishing Park
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    和歌山で一番好きな釣り堀はやっぱり紀州ですね。淡路島もよかったですがマリーナシティ...

  • Shirasaki Ocean Park
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    4.5
    69 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Katata Fish Pond
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata Fujishima 2271-2
    This sea side fishing spot in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama, is connected to land allowing you to relax and spend as long as you’d like fishing without worries. The fishing area is split into three different varieties; the small fishing course where you can catch smaller fish such as small red sea bream and mackerel, the large fishing course with sandbar sharks and greater amberjack, and the relaxed large fishing course with large red sea bream and bluebacks. Each course has a time limit but no catch limit. Fishing equipment is available for rental.
  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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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.
  • Kinokuni Farm
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Nadachou Ueno 1335-4
    You can enjoy strawberry and melon picking at this tourist farm, located in Nada Town of Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture. Strawberry picking is available from January through mid-May, and melon picking is from early July through mid-August. Strawberry picking is limited to 40 minutes, and you can eat your fill of Sachinoka, Akihime, and Marihime strawberries. Since they’re contained in elevated cultivation containers, you can stand and eat them without worrying about dirtying your clothes. You can also choose between all-you-can-eat and takeout courses.

    休日の昼間に訪問。ネットで予約しました。 一人1800円で時間無制限食べ放題! 時季は8月中旬までです。 事務所でお金を払い、隣接する建物で座って待っていると、写真の様なメロンを冷えた状態で持ってきてくださいます。 「お代わりは遠慮なく言いに来てください」と言われ食べ始めました。 幸せな時間です。 お代わりも事務所へ行くと笑顔で提供してくれます。 事務所ではお土産用や進物用のメロンも有ります。 来...

  • Yosuien
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

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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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