Museum / Science Museum Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Kudoyama Sanada Museum
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    4.0
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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...

  • 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。

  • 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.

    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...

  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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    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...

  • Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata
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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。

  • Manyo-kan
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    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。

  • 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 Municipal Kodomo Kagakukan
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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.
  • 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!
  • Shiyuen
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    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。

  • 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."
  • Yuasa Toy Museum
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yuasa 679-2
    This museum is housed in a traditional Japanese home building which once also operated as a tofu shop. The facility was opened as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Kominka Model Business project, which aims to repurpose old Japanese homes which are no longer used but which are of cultural value into businesses. The museum retains as much of the original home architecture as possible and displays old toys, particularly from the late 1950s to early 1960s, including kendama cup-and-ball games, beigoma tops, and retro action figures and dolls. There's even an area where visitors can actually play with some of the toys. In addition, the museum has an old-fashioned dagashi cheap sweets shop and a cafe area, making it a space that is fun for children but also a place where adults can revisit their own childhood.
  • Fusion Museum Knit & Sports
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Honmachi 2-1
    This is located a 15-minute drive from the Wakayama Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway. This world-first museum is jointly dedicated to both sports and knit fabrics. One of the museum's exhibits, popularly featured on various social network sites, is a machine you power by pedaling a bicycle which will knit you a pair of gloves, a scarf, coaster, or cushion cover. Making a pair of gloves takes around five minutes. In the knitted fabrics area, you can see a variety of knitting machines, from the world's very first knitting machine to the world's fastest horizontal knitting machine. In the adjoining sports area, you can learn about top athletes born in or connected to Wakayama Prefecture.
  • Wakayama Castle Tower
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Ichibancho 3
  • Kishu Museum
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho 2054-4

    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。

  • Furusato Natural Park Center
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Inaricho 1629

    田辺の豊かな自然が感じられる公園です。子どもと一緒に行くと、子どもが一日中遊ぶことができる場所だと思います。

  • Kainan Shimotsu History Folk customs Museum
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    Wakayama Kainan-shi Shimotsucho Kami 688

    長保寺のすぐそばにありましたが、老朽化のため閉鎖され現存していないようです。山中の観光案内板では消されていないこともあります。展示品は海南の民俗資料館へ引き継がれたそうですので興味のある方はそちらを訪問してみては。

  • Taiji Marinarium
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji Museum in 2934-2 whale

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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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