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Nature Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Nachi Waterfall (Hiro Jinja Shrine)
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    This betsugu (associated shrine) of Kumano Nachi Taisha honors the deity of the Nachi-no-Taki waterfall. Boasting Japan’s largest uninterrupted drop of 133 meters, the waterfall is 13 meters wide and has a plunge basin with a depth of 10 meters. It is lit up a night during New Year’s Eve and is one of Japan’s top three waterfalls. Close to the waterfall is a viewing area where visitors can drink water from the plunge basin which is said to be water for longevity.

    This whole area is just a fantasy land for the eyes. Such beauty everywhere and then there is this beautiful shrine next to the waterfall. Don't miss walking over here if you are in the area, totally...

  • Sandanbeki
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    Extending out for about two kilometers, Sandanbeki features 50-meter tall large rock walls comprised of columnar joints and is a Place of Scenic Beauty for its precipitous cliffs. On top of the cliffs is a viewing platform which allows visitors to gaze out at the scenery of the magnificent Pacific Ocean. Also close to the viewing platform is a cave that, according to legend, is where Kumano pirates (and later Kumano navy members) hid their boats during the Genji and Heike battle. Inside the cave is Japan’s largest bronze statue of the goddess Benzaiten, and it is possible to ride an elevator down into the cave from the top of the cliffs.
  • Hashikuiiwa Rocks
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    Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Kushimoto-cho Hashikui
    The Hashikuiiwa Rocks are about 40 rocks of various sizes in a row towering over the seashore from Kushimoto heading towards Oshima. The name comes from the fact that the row of rocks stretching for about 850 meters looks as though bridge piles have been left on the shore. At low tide visitors can walk to Bentenjima Islet which is nearly in the middle of the row. In addition to this sightseeing spot being selected as one of Japan’s 100 best places to watch the sunrise, as it is popular to watch the sun rise over the Hashikuiiwa Rocks, it has also been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument.
  • Oishi-kogen Highland
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    Wakayama Pref. Kaisougunkiminochou Nakada
    This highland area is spread between the towns of Aritagawa and Kimino. Surrounding the primary Oishigamine peak, elevation 870 meters, are pampas grasses inviting many visitors in early spring and during the autumn pampas grass season. The grasses are photogenic especially in the autumn dusk glow where they appear like shining gold. From the pinnacle, one can see the Izumi Mountain Range to the North, and Mt. Gomadan and other crests of inner Koya to the east. At night, one can even capture the star filled sky with the town lights in the backdrop. Because Koya can be reached by car, this is a spot that even a novice photographer feels like a professional.
  • Senjojiki
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    Facing the ocean from the tip of Setozaki Cape, Senjojiki is a vast bedrock formation that looks as though countless tatami mats were spread out along the shore. The formation is composed of soft white sandstone, and the magnificent scenery formed by waves hitting the shore over many years is truly overwhelming. This is also a popular spot to watch the sunset.
  • Umikongo
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kashino
    Named after Mt. Kumgang, a Place of Scenic Beauty on the Korean Peninsula, this picturesque scenery features a series of precipitous cliffs. The sight of the huge rocks rising perpendicularly almost like a pyramid with raging waves smashing against the cliffs makes for a powerful sight. The Japan-U.S. Friendship Memorial Museum on the premises has displays of photos and a diorama which tell about the time when two US merchant ships, the Lady Washington and the Grace, landed at Oshima.
  • Engetsu Island (Takashima)
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou
    Engetsu Island, officially named “Takashima” and locally seen as a symbol of Shirahama, is a small island floating off Rinkaiura Beach. The island is 130 meters long north to south, 35 meters east to west, and is 25 meters tall at its highest point. The island has come to be known as Engetsu, meaning “full moon,” due to the round, full moon-like hole in the center of the island which has formed due to marine erosion. Also a well-known the beauty of its sunset, the island as been selected as having one of the 100 best sunsets in Wakayama Prefecture. Sunset occurs around 6:30 pm in summer and 4:30 pm in winter. During the spring and autumn equinox, visitors can enjoy the site of the setting sun passing perfectly through the island’s hole.
  • Tomogashima
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kada
    The general name for the four islands, Jinoshima, Torajima, Kamishima, and Okinoshima, between Wakayama Prefecture and Awajishima Island. On the uninhabited Okinoshima there are the remains of numerous forts giving it a look similar to the animated movie “Laputa: Castle in the Sky.” The azure sea surrounding the islands is beautiful and the walking course is popular.
  • Shingu Inosawa Ukishima Shokubutsu Gunraku (Ukishima-no Mori Island)
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    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Ukijima 3-38
    This is a fantastical forest on a 5,000 square meter isle. Made up completely of peat moss, the isle floats atop the water. Over 130 varieties of indigenous flora, including prairie sphagnum and cinnamon ferns thrive here. Selected as a national natural monument in 1927, One can stroll in and around the island boardwalks.
  • Cape Tenjinzaki
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Tenjinzaki
    This cape, jutting into the north side of the Tanabe Bay, is formed of the 20 hectares of coastal woods and 21 hectares of rocky reef. Comprising a unique eco-system of forest, rocky beach and ocean, both sea and land flora and fauna are squeezed into this strip of land. Due to Japan’s black current, this cape maintains a year round mild climate, making it a prime location for studying and enjoying the plant and animal life common to the southern hemisphere. Quickly gaining notoriety through national trust movements, the cape has come to be endeared also for its beautiful sunsets that can be seen painting the horizon.
  • Minabe-bairin Ume Orchard Grove (Ume Blossom)
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunminabechou Oshine
    This plum grove, boasting the largest acreage in Japan, began in the Edo period when the regional Kishu-Tanabe clan encouraged plum cultivation. Every year during the bloom season, the hills are covered in beautiful soft white flowers and a sweet scent fills the air. Extolled as “offering a view of a million plum trees, and producing an aroma that fills the air for miles,” this view of plum blossoms carpeting rolling hills attracts many visitors every year. Rice cake making, plum seed blowing contests and yosakoi dance festivities and many other events are held annually around the peak blooming season.
  • Kishu Ishigami Tanabe Bairin Ume Orchard (Ume Blossom)
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamihaya Ishimin
    Boasting the plum grove located at the highest elevation (300 meters) in the Kinki region, this expansive plum grove is one of the main groves of Tanabe City, the home of plums. During peak blossoming season, one is surrounded by soft white blossoms and enveloped in a sweet scent. The plum grove paths lead to an observatory and Kishu Tenmangu Shrine. The view of the plum groves from the observatory is extolled as a spectacle of 300,000 plum trees.
  • Kizetsukyo Gorge
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu
    This gorge, located at the upper end of Aizu River that runs through the center of Tanabe City is dotted with magnificent and unusually shaped boulders. It is well loved for its beautiful foliage in the autumn, and its fresh green foliage in the spring. The famous Waterfall of Akagi, (where the Fudo deity is enshrined), and the cliffs far above the falls where Magai Buddha is engraved is a sight to see.
  • Point Saika
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Saikazaki 629
    This coastal area is a part of Wakanoura, but is called Oku-Wakaura. This is the only remaining natural beach in Wakanoura. The view from the Point Saika lighthouse is a wonderful sight. On a clear day, one can see not only Awaji Island, but even as far as the islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Sandanbeki Cave
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2927-52
    This is a cave formed by years of sea erosion and is set into one of the famous sheer cliffs of Japan, the Sandanbeki cliff. It is a spot for invaluable study of fossilized ripples of stone caused by waves and currents, and rock crevasses surging with the tide. It is said that this cave was the hideout for the Kumano navy ships in the Genpei War during the Heian Period. Inside the cave is a restored Kumano navy barrack, and it enshrines Japan’s largest bronze benzaiten deity of water, the Muro-dai-benzaiten.

    Spectacular sea cliffs as great photo spots. Visitors take a closer look of the feature by the elevator going down the cliffs. Beware of strong winds when you visit this place.

  • Cape Shionomisaki
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki
    At latitude 33° 25′ 59″ North and longitude 135° 45′ 45″ East, this cape is on the southern most tip of Honshu island. The vast expanse of the sea making an arc at the horizon is a site to see, especially at sunset when the whole sky is painted in coral colors. From the nearby observatory, Mt. Nachi can be seen.
  • Enjugahama Beach
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    Wakayama prefecture Hidaka gun Mihama cho
    Enjugahama Beach is a crescent-shaped beach 4.6 kilometers long and 500 meters wide between the mouth of the Hidakagawa River and Cape Hino-misaki. The first feudal lord of Kii Province, Tokugawa Yorinobu, planted a forest of black pines along the length of the beach to prevent salt damage. It is a well-known scenic spot in Wakayama Prefecture, and it has been selected as one of the 100 best combinations of white sand beaches and pine forests in Japan.
  • Kuroshima Island
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Koza
    "Located approximately one kilometer off the coastal mouth of the Kozagawa River, this island covered with Machilus thunbergii trees of the laurel family. It is said that this island was once a hub for the Kumano Navy that fought in the Genpei battles. In recent years, the Obon season draws beach swimmers and canoeing and kayaking visitors. It is also known as the site for shooting the variety show Ikinari! Ogon Densetsu, where the television character Yoiko lived on this uninhabited island. This island is one of the cultural properties which compose ""Living with whales"", designated as Japan Heritage by Agency of Cultural Affairs."
  • Cape Hinomisaki
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunmihamachou Mio
    This cape is the most westerly cape of Wakayama Prefecture. The whole area is preserved as the Cape Hinomisaki Park in which the Cape Hinomisaki lighthouse is an ideal site for overlooking the Kisyu-nada (sea off the coast of Kishu) and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to taking in the Onarutobashi Bridge and Awajishima Island beyond the Kii Channel, the expansive view selected as one of Wakayama’s Top 100 Sites for Scenic Sunrises and Sunsets can be relished. With over 2,000 Yoshino and Yamazakura cherry trees planted here, one of the attractions is the beauty of the contrast seen in the delicate pink cherry blossoms against the dark ocean blue.
  • Hyakkenzan-keikoku Valley
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Iya
    Along three kilometers of this valley, there are many nature spots to visit. Out of the 20 Scenic Sites in Kii, Hyakkenzan-keikoku Valley has been voted the No. 1 favorite sight to see. In additional to the various large and small waterfalls, there is a natural tunnel formation in the original growth forest. It is a nature location that one never tires of visiting. There are 2 hiking courses, suited to your stamina level, affording one a choice. In May, Koinobori carp windsocks are flow across valley, along with a fishing tournament and many other events.

Wakayama Main Areas


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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