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  • Koyasan Daishikyokai Temple sutra copying and precept instruction
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 347
    Visitors to sacred Mt. Koya can engage in a variety of esoteric Shingon practices, such as copying sutras and being instructed in the precepts of Buddhism. Sutra copying can be conducted after learning how it is performed. First, participants rinse their mouths, after which they light incense and perform a ceremony before copying the Heart Sutra. Sutra copying costs 1,000 yen and may be dedicated to someone. Being instructed in the precepts requires a 500-yen entry fee. During the instruction in the sutras, visitors listen to the 10 Bodhisattva Precepts in a pitch dark temple hall. Both sutra copying and instruction in the precepts may be participated in with a same-day reservation.

    This is a big hall where many people can come together to worship the founder of Shogun Buddhism in Japan and of Koyasan,Kobo Daishi Kukai (774-834)

  • Kunigi Farm
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    Wakayama Pref. Hashimotoshi Shimizu 1342
    This farm is located a 15-minute drive from the Hashimoto Interchange on the Keinawa Expressway. It sells four kinds of seasonal fruit grown onsite, including pears, mandarin oranges, persimmons, and kiwis. A special attraction, which makes the orchard a popular stop for groups of hikers or families, is that visitors can pay to pick and eat as much fruit as they want. An especially popular option is a plan that offers all-you-can-eat mandarin oranges and persimmons. Kiwis cannot be eaten immediately after picking, so only picking is allowed (limited to ten kiwis per person).
  • Koboku Ajikan
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 53
    This facility holds workshops for making Buddhist rosaries modeled on the heart-soothing beaded bracelets at sacred Koyasan. To reach it, take a bus to the Tamagawa-Dori stop. It's about 2 minutes on foot from there. In about two hours you can make your own one-of-a-kind Koyakoboku Kikon rosary with polished beads of Japanese cedar from Koyasan. The process of making the rosary in the calm environment gives you a chance to look inside as well, refining your heart and soul. Reservations are required by the day before at the latest.
  • Fruit Picking in Katsuragi Town
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho
    Katsuragi is a town located in a hilly part of northern Wakayama Prefecture through which the Kinokawa River flows. The town is notable for the high density of orchards that offer fruit picking over its entire area. The farms grow a wide variety of fruits including persimmons, peaches, strawberries, plums, and jabara citrus, ensuring that visitors can enjoy some form of fruit picking all year long. The town's orchards are also notable for their great-tasting organically-grown fruit. One particularly well-known specialty of the town is its Shigo no Kushikaki skewered persimmons, which have a history dating back more than 400 years. The town has launched a major initiative to sell fruit grown in the town under the Katsuragi brand.
  • Ichigoland Kapuri
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Kudoyamacho Jisonin 1160
    This tourist farm is located on Prefectural Route 13, which runs along the Kinokawa River that flows through the foothills of Mt. Koya. The farm grows two varieties of strawberry: Benihoppe and Oi-C-Berry. It offers strawberry picking during the strawberry season, which runs from early January to early May. The farm is notable for using a cultivation techniques that utilizes ladybugs and mites, which are the natural enemies of strawberry pests. This low-agrochemical cultivation method allows the farm to provide strawberries that are safer and of higher quality. In addition to strawberries, the farm also grows peaches, blueberries, and other fruits. It also sells jam, making it a great place to stop for souvenirs even outside of the strawberry picking season.
  • Nankai Electric Railway,Koya Flower Railway “Tenku”
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    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi
    This special observatory train runs through the foothills of Mt. Koya, a world heritage site, on the Nankai Koya Line between Hashimoto Station and Gokurakubashi Station. Passengers can enjoy the views as the train runs between the mountains thanks to enhancements including an observation deck, special seat layouts, and oversized windows. Rice balls made with rice cooked in a traditional kitchen stove using an iron pot are available for purchase at Kudoyama Station. Meanwhile, Koyashita Station offers accommodations inside its modified station building. (The special train Tenku does not stop at Koyashita Station)
  • Katsuragichokankounouen
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    Wakayama Pref. Ito County Katsuragi Town Senoyama433
  • Katsuragicho Fruit Gari
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    Wakayama Pref. Ito County Kudoyama Town Jison-in1160
  • Amanoshizenkyuyouson Ctr.
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    Wakayama Pref. Ito County Katsuragi Town Shimoamano940-1
  • Koyasan Sta.(Cable Line)
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    Wakayama Pref. Ito County Koya Town Koyasan
  • Chikunoichiro
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkatsuragichou Yamasaki 412
  • Nanakamakomototen
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkatsuragichou Miyamoto 527
  • Matsumoto Farm
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Yamasaki 329
  • Oya Kumi
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Taki 1546
  • Kobayashi Hiroshi
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    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi Waki 1-chome 8-11
  • Koyasan Shinrinkoen
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan
  • Ichigo no Sato Yu
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Kudoyamacho Kudoyama 433 Near
  • Koyasan cable
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan National Forest 9th Hayashihannowa

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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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