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Other Sightseeing Spots in Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / Nachi Area

  • Kashinozaki Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kashino
    Standing atop the Kashino cliffs, this is Japan’s oldest lighthouse with a still working light. When ships from all over the world began visiting Japan after the country’s borders opened, this lighthouse was constructed according to a design by British engineer Richard Henry Brunton. The daffodils that bloom profusely on the premises are said to have been planted by the British engineers to remind them of their hometown.
  • Shionomisaki Tower
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 2706-26
    Cape Shiono is at the southernmost point of Honshu, the main island of Japan. This observation deck adjoins the sprawling grass field that unfurls at its tip, offering a sweeping view of the vast expanse of sea. The stunning view of the horizon showcases the Earth’s curvature brilliantly. You can receive a certificate as proof of your visit, too.

    A stop for food, souvenirs and to observe from up top. A bit touristy, purpose built for tourists. Good in a way, but not really worth a detour or a special trip.

  • Shirahama Submarine Observation Tower
    97 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1821
    This all-weather observatory is about 100 meters off the coast from Hotel Seamore and about 20 minutes by car from Shirahama Station. About 18 meters high and stretching 8 meters under water, you can observe about 30 kinds of fish including black porgies and largescale blackfish from its 12 windows. The air bubbles rising from the sea bed are said to be where a hot spring comes to the surface. A picture panel of the fish you'll see will help you identify them. The observation tower has a pleasant breeze and a great view that looks out to the vast stretch of the horizon.

    I'm being generous with 4 stars here, but hear me out. This tower is an outdated oldschool remnant of the better days of this seaside resort, but it still holds some value. The underwater portion...

  • Kanayama Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Oshima
    An observatory situated on Mt. Kana on the northern side of the island of Kii Oshima. Positioned 90 meters above sea level, the observatory offers a sweeping view of Kushimoto Town, Cape Shionomisaki, and, above all, the picturesque Hashiguiiwa Rocks on the opposite shore. On clear days, visitors can even see all the way to Mt. Nachi and Oshima Port. The roughly one-kilometer long trail leading from the base of the mountain to the observatory has no steep inclines; meanwhile, subtropical vegetation grows lushly along the trail. The observatory has benches and is a popular destination for those looking to enjoy a little mountain hiking.
  • Koya-Ryujin Skyline Road
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin
    One of the preeminent skyline parkways in the Kii Peninsula, this mountain road runs from the sacred Mt. Koyasan to via Mt. Gomadan to Ryujin Hot Spring. The tolls for this parkway were lifted in October 2003, allowing the beauty of the vibrant yellows and reds of the beech and mountain sumac trees to be enjoyed by all while overlooking the contiguous peaks of Kii. Famous as one of the best areas for cruising, this parkway is as one of the top 100 scenic roads in Japan. Although the roads are clear throughout the year, during the icy months of mid-December through the end of March, motorcycle passage is regulated.
  • Underwater Observation Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kushimotocho Arida 1157 Kushimoto Underwater Park
  • Umazakaenchi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 1727-1
  • kumanofurumichi O Atariro
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Nishimuro-gun susami
  • Kumano Furumichi‧Nakahechi
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Nakahechicho Kurisugawa 1222
  • Kawarakayokocho
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Funamachi 1-2-1
  • Kandorizakitoudai
    Travel / Tourism
    Higashi Muro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture Taiji Kandorizaki
  • Kushimoto Ohashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kushimotocho Oshima
  • Nachisan Miharashidai
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Nachisan
  • Takano Sutembodai
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kashino
  • Kamaboko Dori
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Fukuromachi
  • Kuro Shima Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Susami Cho Mirozu
  • Kumano Furumichi O Kumotori Omura Kumotori Kaido (Kumano Furumichi)
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Shingu-shi Kumanogawacho
  • Sengenyamaenchitembodai
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji
  • Koza Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kozagawacho
  • Omineokukamichi
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu - Yoshino-gun Yoshino-cho Yoshino

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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