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  • Koyasan Reihokan Museum
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    4.5
    155 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.

    We bought the attractions pass from the tourist information center and this was included. Its a small museum but has a very nice displays of statues, books and paintings from monasteries...

  • Shirahama Energy Land
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    3.5
    108 Reviews
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    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
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    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.

    無料の博物館だと勝手に思って中に入ったら美術品などが展示されていて、有料とのことでしたので入ることなく、帰りました。

  • 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...

  • Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    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.

    稲村の火の館は有料ですが、併設されている地域交流センターの濱口梧陵記念館は入館無料です。濱口梧陵の生家で、展示により、その偉業を知ることができます。

  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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    4.0
    16 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...

  • Yosuien
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    4.0
    38 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...

  • 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...

  • Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichoukurisugawa 1222-1
    This free rest area is located in Nakahechi Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture and serves as the tourist information facility for both the 12 “Grand Shrines” and the Kumano Kodo road. The 12-side building based on these shrines serves as a landmark. There’s a video introducing Nakahechi and materials related to Kumano Kodo, as well as articles from Takijirioji Shrine on display. There’s also an area where you can take photos dressed in kimono, as well as works by a local pottery group and other goods for sale.

    Stopped in here before beginning our Kumano Kodo walk at Takijiri. Women working was very friendly. We looked at the exhibits, took some pictures, browsed the shop (if youve forgotten something they...

  • 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)

  • 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。

  • Taiji Whale Museum
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji 2934-2
    A museum in Taiji, Taiji Town, Higashimuro County. Through various displays visitors can learn about the more than 400 year old relationship Taiji Town has had with whaling, as well as traditional whaling techniques, and the ecology of whales. Visitors can also watch the whales in action in dolphin and whale shows like the short-finned pilot whale show held in the natural pool built in the sea. The full scale skeleton of the world's largest animal, the blue whale, exhibited outdoors, is an impressive sight.
  • 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。

  • 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...

  • Shiyuen
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Jisonin 749-6
    A museum which introduces the traditions and techniques of Koyagami, a type of handmade Japanese washi paper whose method of production is said to have been taught to the residents of Kudoyama Town by the great monk Kukai. The museum is located northwest of the roadside station Kaki no Sato Kudoyama next to the Shori-ji Temple. Museum exhibits include a diorama which shows what Koyagami paper production in the area once looked like at its peak, as well as various items made from Koyagami such as Japanese kites, shoji paper doors, raincoats, and lanterns. With an advance reservation, visitors can also try making some Koyagami themselves, ranging in size from that of a postcard to around an A3 sheet of paper.

    紙の原料のコウゾから紙漉き体験ができます。町営で昔は150件の紙すき職人がいたことを聞きました。伝統技術の伝承は課題を改めて認識しました。

  • Museum of Tibetan Buddhism / Kanki -jinja Shrine
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1-1
    "Located next to Shirahama Town's Sakata Park, the museum and shrine here share the same premises. The art museum displays 150 pieces on Lamaism, Hinduism, and Esoteric Japanese Buddhism; including Buddhist statuary normally not open to view (Photography is prohibited in the hall). Right as you leave the art museum, you'll find Kanki Shrine (Sakata Shrine). Known for the boons of marital happiness, pregnancy and smooth delivery, and match making, its home to the stones of the Mt. Sakata Ritual Site used more than 1,300 years ago. What's more, as Prince Arima once visited Shirahama Onsen, they offer a photo service called the “Asuka Romance Experience"" where you can get your picture taken wearing Asuka period clothing."

    いわゆる珍宝館のような場所。でも子宝に恵まれるとの事で行ってみたら本当に自然妊娠し、びっくり!ここのご利益かも?? 猫が沢山居て、モフれます♡ 珍宝館→神社→小売店で、20分もあれば十分

  • Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 891
    "You can reach this museum by taking the Ryujin Bus bound for Hongu Taisha-Mae and getting off at the Nakahechi Bijutsukan stop. It mainly displays the work of two painters from Wakayama Prefecture's Tanabe City: Banka Nonagase, who formed Hakuensha and contributed greatly to the local arts, and Ryoun Watase, the Deputy Administrative Director and juror at Nihon Nangain who went on to receive the Wakayama Prefecture Distinguished Cultural Service Prize. The museum itself was the first work of the internationally active architectural team “Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA."""

    近露王子のすぐ近くにある熊野古道なかへち美術館は、田辺市立美術館の分館であり、地元出身の画家である野長瀬晩花と渡瀬凌雲の作品を中心にした構成です。定期的に企画展も行っており、訪問した日には開館20周年記念特別展として鈴木昭男展「音の内在」が開かれていました。サウンドアートは少々難解でしたが。

  • Misato Astronomical Observatory
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    Wakayama prefecture Seagusa County Mino Mino Matsuke Mine 180
    "You don't need reservations for this astronomical observatory in Kimino Town with its 105-centimeter telescope, the largest in Wakayama Prefecture. Away from the lights of the city, on moonless nights you can see the Milky Way with the naked eye. Their “Starry Sky Tour"" where the resident staff will point out the constellations is popular, too. The observatory is located on the summit of Matsugamine at about 400 meters above sea level. Beautiful sunset which changes its color with lapse of time and can be viewed from the observation deck has been chosen as one of the 100 best places for the sunrise and sunset in Wakayama Prefecture."
  • Wakayama Prefecture Botanical Park, Ryokka Center
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Iwadeshi Higashisakamoto 672
    "This botanical garden to the east of Negoroji Temple is approximately four minutes by car from Iwade Negoro Interchange and about six minutes from Kinokawa Interchange. The ""Panorama Flower Bed"" in front of the green house and lawn features seasonal flowers and the area is dotted with plantings of roses, hydrangeas, and more. The southern part of garden has a lotus pond with bright pink blossoms you can view from their Ukimido area. They also hold lots of special programs including exhibitions and workshops."

    花壇にはオールシーズン何がしら花が咲いています。大きな遊具と広場があり、子ども達は大喜び。休日はいつも賑やかです。

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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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