Culture / Tour Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Taiji Whale Museum
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
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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.

    Wish there was more English there. Interesting museum with show of dolphins and whales. I do not like shows of animals, so I did not stay for that.

  • Shirahama Aquarium, Kyoto University
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    4.0
    122 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 Castle Park Zoo
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Ichibancho 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
    55 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...

  • Aquarium of Crab and Shrimp
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    4.0
    33 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...

  • 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
    38 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.

    Very nice museum and great exhibition. Interesting beautiful modern building and nice exhibition inside. They have a restaurant too, but nothing was in English at the menu outside, so I skip it.

  • 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。

  • 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 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...

  • 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。

  • Shirahama Energy Land
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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!
  • Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata
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    4.0
    10 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.

    3階建の《津波防災教育センター》と濱口珸陵の生家を利用した《濱口珸陵記念館》で構成されています。こちらに訪問する機会あれば《津波防災教育センター》1階にある[津波シミューレーション(ミニ津波が見れます)][3D津波映像シアター(毎時 00分と30分)]は見逃せません。《濱口珸陵記念館》内の展示品の中に [広村堤防(国指定史跡;高さ5m 幅20m 長さ600m)]築造の模型があります。又 庭園そのも...

  • 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。

  • Wakayama Municipal Kodomo Kagakukan
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Yoriaimachi 19
    This science museum is located in Yoriai-machi, Wakayama City. The museum features exhibits about the natural environment of Wakayama, interactive exhibits that teach visitors about subjects such as motion, sound, light, and electricity. The attached planetarium plays programs that include commentary about the night sky for that day. The museum also hosts events such as science classes, natural arts and crafts classes, and stargazing parties.

    メインはプラネタリウム(4F)の観賞であるが、1F〜3Fの各フロアーにも 子供の科学的な興味を引く実験道具的なものが豊富に準備され、2〜3時間は ゆうに遊べる 内容になっている。プラネタリウムは通常の星座や天体観測の他に ドラえもんの宇宙旅行が併映され、子供達は大いに楽しんでいた。

  • 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。

  • Ryujin Village Mandala Art Museum
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Ryujinmura Ryujin 203
    "Visitors can find this museum by following National Route 371 north along the Hidakagawa River from the hot spring resort area of Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. As its name indicates, it houses over 100 mandalas. Some date back 1200 years, to the era when the Shingon monk Kobo Daishi founded the first monastery on Mt. Koya. There is a special exhibit in his honor called ""The Light of Kobo Daishi Kukai."" In addition to mandalas, the museum also exhibits haiku, poems, and other items connected with Buddhism."

    2016年6月23日にみなべから高野山に向かう途中に立ち寄りました。トリップアドバイザーに施設の写真が掲載されていないことから行きましたが、曼陀羅の説明がないので、ただ見ただけという感じでした。

  • Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center
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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.
  • Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Nakahechicho Chikatsuyu 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。

  • Onko Densho-kan Sake Brewery Museum / Kuroushi Chaya
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    Wakayama Pref. Kainanshi Kuroe 846
    "This is the library for the sake-maker. The exhibition hall was used by the old sake brewery, and exhibits tools for producing sake from the Nate Sake Brewery as well as daily living items at that time. You can learn sake-brewing methods from the Edo period (1603-1868) and see business records with the abundant materials. The Black Cattle Teahouse on the opposite side is a reception area and cafe with tables and chairs made from sake-making tools to create a warm atmosphere. Besides being able to taste of sake such as ""Kuroushi"" and ""Hitotsukami,"" you can also relax with coffee or sweet sake. In addition, they sell mainly products from Nate Sake Brewery and also local Wakayama souvenirs such as sake vessels."

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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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