Other Natural Terrain Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Wave ripple marks of Shirahama
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    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho
    "20 minutes from the Nanki-Shirahama Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via Prefectural Route 34. These fossil wave ripple marks can be seen along the coast from Ezura Beach to Sakata in Shirahama Town. The marks were formed by the action of waves on sand on what was once the sea floor, which then became coated with a clay-like material that later fossilized, preserving them for eternity. The marks are called ""fossive wave"" and believed to have been formed in the Tertiary Period of the Cenozoic Era some 15 million years ago, and today they have been designated a National Natural Monument."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nachigenseirin
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
  • Hiki Senjojiki
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Nishimuro Shirahamacho Hiki
  • Nachi primeval forest
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro County Nachikatsuura

Wakayama 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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