Spots in Wakayama / Kinokawa Area

  • Wakayama Castle
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    4.0
    694 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama prefecture Wakayama city 1-3
    This famous castle belonged to the Kishu Tokugawa family, one of the “Tokugawa Gosanke” families. It has been beloved by many as a symbol of Wakayama for ages. The Okaguchi Gate, which was made a Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property, as well as the stone wall constructed with Kishu-specialty blue stone (chlorite-schist) in the Nozura-zumi style, still maintain their original structures. From the castle tower constructed by citizens in 1958 after the war, you can see the Kinokawa River, the Wakayama cityscape, and more. Many visitors come during the cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons as well. Inside the castle tower, many items associated with the Tokugawa family are on display.

    Beautiful castle on a huge sight. Really big park. Will take a long time if you want to see it all. Actually, the best spot to take a photo of the castle is from down in the city. While you are in...

  • Kokawa-dera Temple
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Kokawa 2787
    This temple is located in Kokawa, Kinokawa City. It is the third pilgrimage site of the “Saikoku Sanjusansho” pilgrimage that takes visitors to various holy sites associated with Kannon. It was constructed at the end of the Nara period in 770 by Otomo no Kujiko. The main temple building was rebuilt in 1720, and it features a very rare design that combines a single-roof worship hall with a double-roof main hall, making it an Important Cultural Property.

    We drove from Negoro-ji Temple to Kokawa-ji Temple, both of which stand at the southern foot of the Izumi Mountains north of the Kinokawa River. Kokawa-ji Temple is believed to have been established...

  • Kuroshio Market
    Shopping
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    You’ll find this seafood market on the manmade Wakayama Marina City island in Wakayama Bay, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. The building has a retro Showa-period atmosphere complete with a fresh fish market with catches from the nearby sea and all over the world, a food court where you can enjoy a seafood rice bowl and sushi, and restaurants with tons of seafood options. There’s also a spectacular tuna slicing show held three times a day, not to mention a seafood barbecue area where you can feel the sea breeze and see the ocean while grilling fresh fish you bought at the market.
  • Wakayama Marina City
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    An artificial island floating in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama City, Wakayama which was completed in 1994 in line with the World Resort Exhibition. The island hosts a variety of leisure facilities, including Porto Europe, a theme park modeled after a European port town; a resort hotel; a marina; market; fishing park; day trip hot spring bath facility; and activity-oriented pavilions which present the appeals of Wakayama. The Kuroshio Market sells everything from offshore catches to international seafood, and here you can enjoy watching a tuna butchering show, various events, and seafood barbecuing.
  • Osakaya Hiina no Yu
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Kada 142
    A hotel facing Kada Fishing Port at the westernmost point of Wakayama Prefecture. Guests entering the hotel are greeted by a display of traditional hina dolls from which the hotel derives its name. The hotel’s vaunted hot spring baths are also open to non-guests. The baths are fed by a sodium carbonate chloride spring whose viscous waters are said to beautify the skin. The hotel’s outdoor bath looks out over the Kitan Strait and the islands of Tomogashima floating in the bay, a view which resulted in the hotel’s inclusion in a list of 100 Japanese hotels with the best sunsets. After your bath, you can enjoy tasty strips of tokoroten jelly made from Kada red algae provided by the hotel. In the lobby, the hotel rents over 30 different colors of yukata robes for women free of charge. The hotel boasts a variety of other women-friendly services, as well, such as discount room prices for women on the third of every month.

    If you live or sty around Osaka and want to soak yourself in a hot spring, visiting Kata for a day trip can be more reasonable than visiting, say, Arima. If you drive, it takes only half and an...

  • Wakayama Castle Park Zoo
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    3.5
    83 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Ichibancho 3
    "This zoo is approximately ten minutes on foot from Nankai Wakayamashi Station and 15 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. Located on the premises of Wakayama Castle, it is one of Japan's unusual zoos. Built in 1915, it mainly consisted of the Deer, Monkey, and Waterfowl Breeding Center. It closed for a time due to the influence of World War ll and resumed operations in 1970. Today they breed 30 kinds of animals, including 13 mammal and 17 bird species. In addition to its ""Bear Hut"" populated by moon bears, the zoo's sectioned into a Fairy Tale Garden and a Waterfowl Garden where you can take a stroll and try feeding some of the animals."

    Terrible place. Needs to be shut down. We walked through here to get to the castle. Had already read bad reviews but thought it cant possibly be that bad. Well it was. Animals are in tiny, concrete...

  • JA Kinosato Farmers Market Mekkemon Square
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Toyoda 56-3
    This farmers market is about a 30-minute drive from the Hanwa Expressway's Sennan Interchange. The largest of the JA Kinosato locations, it's bursting with local produce like fruit and vegetables. They also have a variety of other items including flowers like spray mums, tricolor chrysanthemums, and roses, prepared foods like dried plums, pickles, and Kinzanji miso, handicrafts, and more. Their food court features items like gelato, soft serve cream, rice balls, and curry made with fine ingredients. Take-out is also available.

    切実にお願いします。大切な命を守るための行動を。他府県(特に大阪、神戸)ナンバーが多く、地元の人が怖くて入れません。自粛のストレスを発散する所でもありません。今、必要ですか?命より大切ですか?もう少しの考慮をお願いします。

  • Itakiso-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Idakiso 558
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Isotakeru-no-mikoto. This shrine is ancient and its name in an entry dated 702 in the “Shoku Nihongi” imperial history anthology. The shrine was moved to its current location a three-minute walk south of Idakiso Station on the Kishigawa Line in 713. In addition to the main shrine building, there is also a Miisha Shrine dedicated to gods of water and wells, and a boulder known as the “Monkey Rock” which is said to cure any diseases from the neck up when rubbed; both of these have gained popularity in recent years as mystical “power spots.” The Uzue Festival held here each year on the date of the Little New year attracts many visitors. During the festival, bowls of azuki-gayu rice gruel with azuki beans are handed out and eating this is said to guarantee sound health for an entire year.

    This is a great shrine which is old and authentic. You can enjoy silent atmosphere. There is an interesting wood through which you can passl. By doing so, you will be protected by the God. There are...

  • Bandoko Garden
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Saikazaki
    This place of scenic beauty is located in Bandoko no Hana, Saikazaki, Wakayama City. The garden, which is located on flat ground that protrudes into the ocean, was once the site of a watchtower used by the Kishu Domain to watch for approaching ships. Notable for its beautiful coastline formed by rare Kishu bluestone, the garden has also been selected as one of 50 places of scenic beauty in the Setonaikai National Park Special Zone. Visitors can view the seasonal flowers and also enjoy activities such as fishing from the shore, swimming at the attached private beach, barbecuing (reservation required). The garden also hosts weddings and other events and has even been used as a filming location for dramas.

    The garden itself is underwhelming (a bunch of shaped pine trees) but the views are incredible. You get even better views (without having to pay the Y600 fee) by taking the hidden path on the...

  • Tamatsushima Shrine
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Wakauranaka 3-4-26
    "Located in Wakaura 3-Chome, Wakayama City. The shrine is counted among the ""Three Great Gurdian Dieties of Waka"" and enshrines the deity Sotootorihime-no-mikoto. It has been offered works of waka (classical Japanese poetry) by many poets since the Heian period. The shrine's grounds and the surrounding region have been designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty known as Wakanonoura. Every September 16th, the shrine holds the Hamaori Shinji, a ceremony in which a portable shrine is brought down the Kinokawa River from the Niutsuhime Shrine in Amano, Katsuragi Town."

    ご祭神は、稚日女尊、息長足姫尊、衣通姫尊の式外の国史見在社とのことです。和歌の浦観光の中心地で、奠供山、鏡山はここから登ります。無料の駐車場があります。

  • Roadside Station Negoro Sakura no Sato
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Pref. Iwadeshi Oshigawa 37-1
    Negoro Sakura no Sato Roadside Station is located along Prefectural Route 63, about a ten-minute drive from the Sennan Interchange. Located along the border with Osaka Prefecture, it is the entry point for sightseeing in Wakayama Prefecture. Many kinds of vegetables grown by local farmers are available for sale, including Negoro Daito green peppers, which are larger than other varieties. Other famous local products, including ornamental flowers such as carnations and snapdragons, are available in abundance. In the vicinity are Wakayama Prefecture Botanical Park Ryokka Center and Negoroji Temple, the main temple of Shingi Shingon Buddhism.

    和歌山にたまに出かけます。今回はミカンと苺を買いに出かけました。まず最初の道の駅です。ここでプリンを買いました。限定なので早めに買わないとなくなります。250円です。濃厚な味わいです。質感も若干固めのしっかりした感じです。ここではみかんを買いました。お安い。

  • Yosuien
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Nishihama 1164
    The 10th lord of the Kishu domain, Tokugawa Harutomi, constructed this Daimyo garden located in Nishihama, Wakayama Prefecture. It’s a circuit-style garden, rare in Japan, with a pond that drew in water from the ocean. You’ll find pine trees and various seasonal trees scattered about, and the garden layout across the straight Mitsuhashi Bridge that utilizes the natural scenery of Mt. Tenjin and Mt. Takozushi is enchanting. Be sure to visit the Yosuitei teahouse, the Omotesenke tea ceremony room, and the relocated Tokugawa residence “Minatogoten.” This garden has also been designated one of Japan’s Places of Scenic Beauty.

    Yosuien is government-designated beauty spot. This is a great and healing garden created by Wakayama daimyo (feudal lord). This place is quiet and you can enjoy nice view which consists of beautiful...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukiage 1-4-14
    This modern art museum was built on the Wakayama Castle site and features a refined, contemporary design. The collections and exhibitions focus on fine art from the Meiji period to present times. In addition to works by Wakayama artists, there are over 10,000 items in total, including 13 oil paintings by Yuzo Saeki and works by Picasso, woodblock prints by Munch, and more. There are planned exhibitions and collection items on display, as well as temporary exhibitions.

    Very nice museum and great exhibition. Interesting beautiful modern building and nice exhibition inside. They have a restaurant too, but nothing was in English at the menu outside, so I skip it.

  • Shiogama Shrine
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    3.5
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Wakauranaka 3-4-26
    "This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Shiotsuchi-no-Oji, a god of safe childbirth and conception worshipped since ancient times because he helped Yamasachihiko and Toyotamahime to get married and they in turn had a safe childbirth. In Wakayama in the Edo period, people often said ""First is Kishu Toshogu, second is Tamatsushima Island, third is Sagarimatsu, fourth is Shiogama."" The shrine gets its name from the term for the pot used to boil salt in salt fields. The shrine is located in Wakanoura, whose scenic beauty has been well-known since the distant age of the ""Man'yoshu"" poetry anthology, and a monument engraved with a famous poem about the area by Yamabe no Akahito stands on a small hill near the shrine."

    外から見ると洞窟なのかなと感じますが、少し岩が削られた程度の所に神棚が有るだけです。小さな社殿があって、暗いので洞窟と感じるかもしれませんが・・。波が打ち寄せる様子は和歌浦十景の一つだそうですが、今では難しいところに立地しています。

  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Kainanshi Funo 370-1
    The Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Natural History in Funoo, Kainan City, has two exhibition spaces. The first is an aquarium and the second is dedicated to animals and plants, geology, fossils and diorama exhibits. Events inside the museum as well as outdoor events such as nature observation tours and excavation trips are held from time to time making it a great place to learn about the rich and diverse wildlife and nature around Wakayama.

    即位礼正殿の儀の慶祝行事として、入館料が無料となっていました。全滅となったと報道されていた大水槽も復旧していました。早く、以前のように、多く、大きな魚が、泳ぎ回る姿を見たいものです。

  • Porto Europa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    These theme park, located on the manmade island “Wakayama Marina City” in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture is modeled after a European port town. It is comprised of two zones: The “Porto Europa” and the “Park Pacific” amusement park. The Porto Europa zone features a French and Italian port town, buildings modeled after old Spanish castles, and other exotic elements. The amusement park has a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, water slide, and more. Entry is free.
  • Kamayama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Wada 438
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Hikoitsuse-no-mikoto. Visiting this shrine, Hinokuma Jingu Shrine, and Itakiso Jinja is known locally as the “Saigoku Three Shrine Pilgrimage.” The shrine is located a 10-minute walk south from Kamayama Station on the Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line. The location of the shrine can easily be identified by its large torii gate. The place name “Kamayama” appears in the “Kojiki” and the “Nihon shoki,” two of Japan’s oldest historical records, and it is believed that this is the place where Hikoitsuse-no-mikoto, elder brother to the very first emperor of Japan, Emperor Jinmu, was buried. In fact, a tomb for Hikoitsuse-no-mikoto stands behind the main shrine building; the death of his elder brother is said to have encouraged Emperor Jinmu to journey eastward instead of westward in his expedition to unite the country under his rule. Accordingly, the shrine is said to protect the security of Japan and the peace of and development of the world.

    ご主祭神は彦五瀬命で、式内社、旧官幣大社とのことです。元は村社だったのですが大正4年に官幣大社に昇格したとのことです。村社から官幣大社になったのは竈山神社が唯一とのことです。日前神宮・國懸神宮、竈山神社、伊太祁曽神社の三社参りの一社ですが、日曜日の訪問で、他の二箇所にはおまいりしている方が多数おられましたがここには人影はありませんでした。

  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukiage 1-4-14
    This prefectural museum is located near Wakayama Castle in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. It was moved to its current location and opened in 1994. Architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the building, which features glass walls for a bright, modern look. The collection consists of over 1,000 items, including cultural artifacts and historical documents related to Wakayama Prefecture on display, along with materials on Mt. Koya, the Kumano faith, and the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. There are also items that belonged to Kishu Tokugawa. The regular exhibits introduce 30,000 years of Wakayama Prefecture history, and special exhibitions and other projects are held year-round.

    以前に、来たことがあったのですが、毎月第1日曜日が、入館無料となったため、来てみました。良い取り組みだと思います。

  • Roadside Station Seisyu no Sato
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Nishinoyama 473
    This roadside station is located about ten minutes by car from the Keinawa Expressway Kinokawa-Higashi Interchange. Its Flower Hill Museum complex designed by Kisho Kurokawa has an exhibition room with items and documents belonging to Hanaoka Seishu, the surgeon responsible for the world's first successful surgical removal of breast cancer by general anesthesia. Shunrinken, the surgeon's residence and clinic, has been relocated here. There's a realistic replication of surgery during the period as well as experiments with the anesthetic Tsusensan using mannequins and sound. There's a restaurant on the premises too.

    ふらり立ち寄った道の駅。駐車場のまわりに植えられている、はなもものはなが満開。人も少なく、ゆっくりお花見がでしました。

  • Shikinosato Park
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Myououji 85
    This park with its natural and agricultural themes is about 15 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. It consists of two areas: The Nature Observation Forest and the Ryokka Kaju-en Orchard. Kids learn about the natural world at both the Nature Center and the Entrance Plaza with their ample playground equipment and reading materials. The park's many hands-on workshops let parents, kids, and their friends get in touch with nature year-round. Visitors also enjoy viewing their rose conservatory with nearly 800 bushes, as well as the roughly 900 bushes in their rose garden.

    公園内を散歩してみました。広い園内に、バーベキューコーナー、バラ園、遊具施設などがあります。維持管理が大変だろうなと思いました。

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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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