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  • 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.
  • Wakayama Castle
    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.
  • 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.
  • Negoro-ji Temple Daito Great Tower
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Iwadeshi Negoro 2286 head temple Negoro-ji in
    Located on the grounds of the Negoro-ji Temple, a Shingi Shingon Buddhist temple established by Mt. Koya priest Kakuban, this 36-meter-tall tower is one of the largest such two tier wooden pagoda towers in Japan. Designed to represent the doctrines of Shingon Buddhism, the tower was completed in 1547. Thanks to Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the tower escaped the fires of the Conquest of Kii Province, but the building still bears the marks of bullets fired from matchlock rifles. A designated National Treasure—visitors can also view the inside of the tower.
  • Club Gate
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Honmachi 2-37 UEDE Bill B1F
    This all genre club lives up to their mottos of music to pump up Wakayama! and Here is the sound which changes you from Wakayama Come put on your own explosive performance at the rental studio during the day or join the crowds of young people at the club and live performances in the evening.
  • Wakanoura
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama City
    "An area with numerous picturesque spots which was designated a national Place of Scenic Beauty in 2010. For 1,300 years, it has inspired the creation of countless great literary and artistic works, including waka poetry by Yamabe no Akahito, an early Nara period poet still praised today and considered one of the ""36 Immortals of Poetry."" It has also been visited by various great personages throughout the ages like the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, shogun Tokugawa Yorinobu, and renowned author Natsume Soseki. Even today, unending steams of people come here seeking its beauty. One of the area's biggest draws is its natural beauty, such as its tidal flatland selected for inclusion in the particularly gorgeous landscapes known as the Ten Views of Wakanoura."
  • Ramen Marui (Juniban-cho)
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Junibanchou 87 Le Chateau Yodocho 1F
    The second location of the popular Ramen Marui situated in Nakanoshima, Wakyama City, the Juniban-cho shop is just a 10 minute walk from Wakayamashi Station. Making use of select ingredients such as chashu pork fillets made from Kagoshima Sanmi-ton pork, used in high class inns, the shop is particularly famous for using ryokuho kuronegi green onions, a type of kujonegi onion. The springy homemade noodles, tonkotsu broth slow-stewed over a two day period, and heaping helping of chopped spring onions whets the appetite. The shop also offers a full lunch weekday set menu; the half-sized ramen and rice set is particularly popular with women.

    My first Wakayama Ramen. Very tasty! A lot of green onion but perfect combination with the thick soy sauce soup. You can order without onion but I insist you to eat normal one. They have a lunch set...

  • Moto-syako-mae Marumiya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1130-3
    This ramen restaurant in Kemi, Wakayama City, Wakayama, began as a food stand in front of the garage of the streetcar. This famous store has kept the traditional taste of Chinese soba noodles for over half a century. This ramen is outstanding with a light taste but thick soy sauce and pork broth combined with their straight hand-made noodles. Many are fans of their large pork thigh chashu. Their side menu also offers soft gyoza dumplings and more.
  • Tomogashima
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Yamatame Shokudo
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukumachi 12
    This ramen restaurant is known as the representative of Wakayama ramen and is so popular you will always find a long line at peak times. This long-established restaurant has kept the taste of its Yamatame Ramen since its founding in 1953. Their special Chuka Soba (Chinese noodles) has a rich taste with thick noodles in pork soy sauce broth. The noodles soak up the taste when they’re put in the broth and warm up. The counter seating makes it very easy for single patrons to enter. The nearest train station is Wakayama City Station.

    Its one one the most famous ramen shops in Wakayama. Typical Wakayama style thick soup. Ramen noodles were firm and chewy. Its crowded but worth the wait.

  • Sea Fishing Park
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    3.0
    16 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1535-3 Wakayama within marina city
    This sea fishing park is in Wakayama Marina City on a man-made island in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama. Even children and beginners can have fun fishing at this popular spot. In this Ocean Fishing Pond you can catch larger fish such as sea bream and amberjack and even if nothing is biting they guarantee at least one sea bream with half day admission. The fishing park covers a 570-meter-long breakwater and the fish you can catch will change depending on season including flounder, black porgy, filefish, mackerel, and horse mackerel. Rental fishing gear and bait are available on site.

    和歌山で一番好きな釣り堀はやっぱり紀州ですね。淡路島もよかったですがマリーナシティ...

  • Yosuien
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    4.0
    37 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
    31 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.

    After the very disappointing national art gallery in Osaka, it was a pleasant surprise to walk through this gallery primarily comprising Japanese artists and the odd American (e.g. Rothko). There was...

  • Spa Kishu Kuroshio
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama prefecture Wakasan city Wakayama city size 1525
    This daytrip spa facility is on the manmade Wakayama Marina City island in Wakayama Bay, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. Gaze at the Wakanoura seacoast sprawling out before you as you soak in natural spring water gushing from strata 100 million years old. The large bathing area has a very open feel and includes a spacious indoor bath with a great view of the sunset and an open-air bath with a pleasant breeze, not to mention a sauna. There’s also a stone sauna and restaurant for full-day relaxation. The restaurant offers popular kishimen-like “Kishumen” and Unshu orange ice cream.

    I felt very lucky that this was my first onsen experience. Friendly staff, good service and relaxed atmosphere. We had to wait 30 minutes to access the rather small car park, so it's best to avoid...

  • Kishu Toshogu Shrine
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    4.0
    69 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Wakauranishi 2-1-20
    This Gongen-style shrine was built in 1621 by Tokugawa Yorinobu, the first lord of the Kishu domain, to provide protection for the Nankaido road. Tokugawa Ieyasu and Tokugawa Yorinobu are enshrined here as deities. The shrine is brilliantly decorated with lacquerware and sculptures featuring both the Kano and Tosa styles, and it is called the “Nikko of Kansai.” It has been designated an Important Cultural Property as a representative structure from the early Edo period.

    It's a very pretty shrine with very nice view over the city but you need to walk and climb up hundreds of steps before reaching the top. So please ensure you have at least 40 minutes.

  • Wakayama Farmers’ Mart Kinokuni Fruit Village
    Shopping
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    You’ll find this farmer’s market on the manmade island “Wakayama Marina City” floating in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. You’ll find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and processed goods from farmers throughout the prefecture. The onsite juice stand offers freshly squeezed orange and peach juice. There’s also rich ice cream made from fresh milk, and the “Kinokuni rolls” made with refined Japanese sugar (wasanbon) make popular souvenirs.
  • Kongoho-ji Gokoku-in (Kimiidera Temple)
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kimidera 1201
    This temple in Kimiidera Temple, Wakayama, was originally founded in 770 AD by Ikou shounin, a travelling priest from China. The two-story pagoda, bell tower, and tower gate on the grounds have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. There are also 500 cherry trees planted on the grounds that are known for being early bloomers. One of the cherry blossom trees planted before the main hall of the temple is used as one of the specimen trees to determine the cherry blossom season.
  • Kuroshio Market
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    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.

    和歌山黒潮市場にある海鮮丼のお店です。天気がよかったので海が見える外のテラスで食べました。マグロやイクラがのった丼を食べましたが、値段の割にネタが少なく、ちょっと物足らなかったです。

  • Fujishiro-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kainanshi Fujishiro 466
    This shrine is located in Fujishiro, Kainan City. It is referred to as “the first torii gate of Kumano” since it serves as Kumano’s entrance. This shrine is one of the “Gotai Oji,” which are the most distinguished of the “Kyujukyu Oji” (99 Grand Shrines). The shrine grounds contain a camphor tree that’s over 1,000 years old said to protect children, as well as the remains of the estate said to belong to the first “Suzuki.”

    熊野の入口といわれ、平安時代には、熊野詣での人々で賑わっていたとのことです。今でも、参拝客が多いようで、第一駐車場、第二駐車場がありました。

  • Kokawa-dera Temple
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    3.5
    3 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.

    粉河寺本堂の前に、崖地を利用した石組による枯山水庭園があります。 大小様々な石と蘇鉄などの植物を組み合わせた独特の力強さを感じる珍しい作風で、桃山時代のものです。 国の名勝に指定されています。

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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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