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  • Kotonoura Onzan Souen
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    Wakayama Pref. Kainanshi Funo 370
    This cottage garden was erected by Chojiro Nitta, the founder of Nitta Corporation, from the start of the Taisho period until the start of the Showa period. Located in Kainan City, Wakayama Prefecture, it is the largest personal garden in Japan. The water levels of the three ponds, which draw water from the sea, change according to the tides, a rare design. There are pine trees and garden stones, and the beautiful layout is dotted with a teahouse with a thatched roof, a tatami room, and more. It has even been designated a “place of scenic beauty,” and the buildings are Important Cultural Properties.

    This place has a very big garden with tidal pond. The garden is so great. Sea water flows into the tidal pond. So there is pleasant breeze in the garden. The breeze is so nice ! The Japanese style...

  • Wakanoura
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    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama City
    "An area with numerous picturesque spots which was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty in 2010. For 1,300 years, it has inspired the creation of countless great literary and artistic works, including waka poetry by Yamabe no Akahito, an early Nara period poet still praised today and considered one of the ""36 Immortals of Poetry."" It has also been visited by various great personages throughout the ages like the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, shogun Tokugawa Yorinobu, and renowned author Natsume Soseki. Even today, unending steams of people come here seeking its beauty. One of the area's biggest draws is its natural beauty, such as its tidal flatland selected for inclusion in the particularly gorgeous landscapes known as the Ten Views of Wakanoura."
  • Shichikawa Dam
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkozagawachou Sada 1016
    "Shichikawa Dam is a dam built at Shichikawa on the upper reaches of Koza River, around 35 minutes' drive from Koza Station on the JR Kinokuni Line. It was formerly known as Kozakawa Dam. At the reservoir behind the dam, visitors can enjoy fishing for black bass etc., and there is also Yunohana Onsen resort on the lake-side. Around 3,000 Yoshino Cherry trees have been planted along a roughly 5 kilometers stretch of the road that runs along the banks of the reservoir, and the area has been included in the list of the ""100 Best Places in Japan to View Cherry Blossom."" ""Sada Cherry Blossom Festival"" is held from late March to early April every year, when visitors can enjoy the sight of the cherry blossom illuminated by traditional paper lanterns at night."
  • Aragijima Observatory
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Mita196
    Knowns as the terraced rice fields of Aridagawacho, the beauty of the rice fields spreading out in a fan-shape led to it being chosen as one of “Japan’s Top Hundred Rice Fields.” A viewing platform has been constructed on the opposite shore of the Aritagawa River allowing you to enjoy the view of the rice fields through the changing seasons.
  • Nanairo Dam (Nanairo Valley)
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    Kumano City, Mie Prefecture
    This dam is located approximately one hour by bus from the JR Kumanoshi Station heading to the final stop of Ogawa. The artificial lake is surrounded by cedar forests, cherry trees and rhododendrons, and the red leaves of fall are a stunning sight when the seasons change. It is an ideal spot for bass fishing, with many visitors coming every year, often catching fish 40 to 50 centimeters in length. The dam can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from children to adults. Slightly downstream of the dam, is Nanairo-kyoGorge, where clear water is celebrated, and as the name implies, the sight of the river mysteriously changing color seven times over the course of the seasons is enthralling.
  • Togenkyo
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    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Momoyamachoudanshinden lily
    This is an area that is famous for producing peaches just about a 20-minute walk from the Shimoisaka Station on the JR Wakayama Line. It is called Togenkyo (meaning paradise) because the area is filled with the perfume of peach blossoms from late March to early April. This area is located along south bank of the Kinokawa River. It is said in this area one may take in 100,000 peach trees in one glance, and it has been selected as one of 100 Best Aromatic Landscapes by Ministry of the Environment . The peaches grown in sandy soil with ideal watershedding conditions in this warm climate are painstakingly harvested and sold under the brand of Arakawa Peaches and distributed all over Japan. In early April, many events along with the Momoyama Festival are held.
  • Shirasaki Coast
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou Obiki
    This is the shoreline of the Yura Town of Hidaka County. This area is the Wakayama Prefecture Shirasaki Coastal Natural Park, selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines. The outcropping cliffs are ideal for diving, fishing, and other leisure activities for which a roadside station and a campsite are available. This coast is also planted with over 100,000 daffodils are scattered across the coastline. During the season when the clusters of yellow and white blooms are at their peak, the tufts of flourishing colors sweep the beautiful coast.
  • Wisteria at the Koyasu Jizoji Temple
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    Wakayama Pref. Hashimotoshi Shoubutani 94
    This site, famous for its Wisteria, is located just a 15 minute drive from the JR Hashimoto Station. The Koyasu Jizoji Temple has been known since the Kishu Tokugawa family times as the temple for supplication for safe baby delivery. Selected as the 24th temple in the 25 Sacred Sites of Kansai Floral Temples (temples famous for beautiful flowers in the Kansai area). This temple is surrounded by 25 wisteria vines of 8 differing varieties including the kyushaku-fuji wisteria, kuchibeni-fuji wisteria, shironoda-fuji wisteria, and akanaga-fuji wisteria. During peak season, one can stroll through the blooms that encircle the precincts. Cherry and camellia trees are also planted here at the Koyasu Jizoji Temple, so flowers can be enjoyed during all seasons.
  • Washigamine Cosmos Park
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Nagatani 244-2
    "Located about a 30-minute drive from the Arita Interchange, this park stands at the summit of Washigamine Peak with an altitude of 586 meters. As its name suggests, its most distinctive feature is that it is covered by an expanse of cosmos flowers, an incredible sight from late September to early October. It is also known as a prime flower-viewing site from early to mid May when the azaleas are in full bloom. Since the park is on top of a mountain, visitors can see as far as Awajishima island or Shikoku on clear days. Within the park is a building designed to suggest a soaring eagle, called "" Cosmos-to-Kaze-no-Yakata,"" which contains a rest area where visitors can watch the scenery as they eat packed lunches they have brought."
  • Underwater Post Box
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Susami Cho Susami 4857-74
    The Underwater Post Box is about a 19-minute walk from Susami Station on the JR Kisei Line, in water about 10 meters deep 100 meters off the Karekinada Coast in the town of Susami. It was set up in 1999 on the occasion of the Nanki Kumano Taikenhaku, an outdoor exhibition, and it has been listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's deepest underwater post box. Visitors can buy special waterproof artificial paper for use in the underwater post box at Club Noah Susami. They do not even have to dive down to the bottom of the sea to mail their postcards; staff members will do it for them.
  • Domekikyo Gorge
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Inaricho
    This is located a ten-minute drive from the Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway. Lined with rocks that resemble toads, it is a scenic area in Hikiiwagun National Recreation Area. Nearly 300 Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees have been planted there, so large numbers of people visit during the cherry blossom season from late March to early April. The Domeki Gorge Cherry Blossom Festival, during which the stands of trees are illuminated at night, is held during the blossoming season and attracts visitors who enjoy this unique method of seeing the blossoms. A walking path has been set up to a point among the rocks that offers an overview of the city of Tanabe. It is an ideal place for nature walks and hiking in every season of the year.
  • Nanakoshi-mine Peak
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Takayama
    This peak is a 60-minute drive from the Kamitonda Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311. It stands to the east of Kumano Hongu Shrine and at the southern edge of the Omine Mountain Range. It is one of the Eight Scenes of Kumano Hongu, and it affords a view of Kumano Hongu Shrine and the old shrine site Oyu-no-Hara, the largest tori (shrine gate) in Japan and the village around the shrine. Nankoshi-no-mine Forest Park on the 260-meter peak boasts nearly 2000 cherry trees of different varieties, so it is a popular spot for people to view the spring blossoms. At the summit of the mountain, which enshrines the bodhisattava Enmei Jizo, is a stele featuring a poem by the 12th-century priest and poet Saigyo Hoshi.
  • Yatagarasu Post Box
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    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Hongu 1110 Kumano Hongu Taisha
    "This is located a 60-minute drive from the Kumano-Odamari Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 311 and 168. It is a black post box set up under the sacred tree, Tarayo, of Kumano Hongu Shrine. Black is a sacred color, the sum of all colors, the color of Yatagarasu, the big legendary crow with three legs, said to be the incarnation and messenger of the god, and the color that symbolizes the ground that the shrine stands. The Japanese word for ""postcard"" (""hagaki"") means ""leaf writing,"" and it comes from the idea that people wrote on the underside of the leaves of Tarayo with their fingernails. The shrine office sells Yatagarasu Post votive plaques that can be sent through the mail as postcards and will provide commemorative stamps for travelers' albums."
  • Kosenji Temple Birth-blessing Gingko Tree
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kozagawa Cho Mitogawa 302
    This tree is located approximately a 30-minute drive from the JR Koza Station. The Gingko tree can be appreciated from inside the temple grounds just off the road that runs alongside Mito River, which is a tributary of Koza River. It has been designated as a cultural asset of Kozagawa Town, and is estimated to be around 400 years old. It is a magnificent tree, approximately 30 meters tall, and with a trunk of approximately 6 meters. Rumors spread that the protrusions that hang from its branches resemble the shape of breasts, and that praying at the tree will bless those who are unable to bear children, and it eventually came to be called a Birth-Blessing Gingko tree.
  • Hidakagawa Town Gengo Fireflies
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakagawacho Gengo
    Fireflies can be seen in the Genko district on the west side of Hidakagawa Town. The fireflies can primarily be seen around the Hidaka River, as well as around small streams and irrigation channels in the district. The fireflies appear in most years from late May to around mid-June. The Genko district is famous for its abundance of fireflies, and it holds firefly watching events in late May in the evenings. During the events, visitors can also listen to traditional music performances played on the koto and shamisen.
  • Shishigase-toge Pass Stone-paved Path
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakacho Haradani
    "A 15-minute drive from JR Kii-Uchihara Station. This stone-paved path goes through Shishigase Pass 4.1 kilometers away from the Iseki bus stop. One of many stone-paved paths created as part of the various ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, it is 503 meters long, making it the longest still in existence. Also designated a Historic Site by Hidakagawa Town, the area around the pass happens to be a border between surrounding municipalities. The historically important path is mentioned in the ancient ""Taiheki"" and ""Genpei Josuki"" historical epics, and those walking it can view historic sites such as the ruins of a mountain castle along its length and imagine what the area looked like in the distant past."
  • Nishi-no-Maru Teien Garden (Valley of Autumn Leaves)
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Ichibancho 3
    This garden is located on the grounds of Wakayama Castle Park. A traditional strolling garden, it is designed to make maximum use of its scenic location on a slope at the base of Mt. Torafusu and has a pond and waterfall supplied by a spring. The garden is considered one of the finest of the feudal lord gardens dating to the early Edo period. Also known as the Momijidani Teien (garden of the valley of Autumn foliage), as this nickname implies, the garden experiences stunning fall foliage, and in most years visitors can take in the sight of vivid gold and crimson leaves reflecting off the surface of the garden's pond from late November to early December. Points of interest include the Engyokaku pavilion standing on the bank of the pond; and the Ofunaishi, a boat-shaped stone in the pond's center. Visitors can also stop by the Koshoan tearoom to enjoy a cup of matcha green tea while taking in a view of the garden.
  • Koyasan Kondo Mae
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan

    A nest of temples. Overrated as too many are currently being revamped and refurbished. The bridge photography is misleading.The museum opposite of the road has some interesting collection and is...

  • Kiminomerodeirodo
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    Wakayama Prefecture seaweed KoriOsamu Kimino-cho
  • Squirrel Gunseichi
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    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Shioyachou Kitashioya

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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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