Travel / Tourism Spots in Wakayama / Kinokawa Area

  • Kokawa-dera Temple
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    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...

  • Wakayama Castle
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    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.
  • Itakiso-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
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    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...

  • Tama Museum Kishi Station
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
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    Kinokawa City Kishigawa-cho, Wakayama Prefecture
    "The terminal station of the Wakayama Electric Railway Kshigawa Line, it is looked after by the honorable permanent station master ""Tama"" who has become a daimyojin (god). Currently, calico cats (three-colored), ""Nitama (Tama II"" and ""Yontama (Tama IV)"" are in charge. The cute-looking catshaped station building is characterized by its great use of natural materials, such as Kishuwoods in the cypress bark roof. It also features ""Tama Cafe"" and ""Tama Shop"" where original goods are sold. The line is said to have been laid for ""Three-Shrine Visits"" to Nichizengu Shrine, Kamayama Shrine, and Itakiso Shrine sitting quietly aside the tracks. And there are unique trains, such as the ""Ichigo(Strawberry) Train"", the ""Omocha(Toys) Train"", and the ""Tama Train"", which have particular about the design of details. Overall, it's a fun local line to ride."

    Green tea and ice cream here are very good. In the shop, there are also souvenirs about cats for sale. Have quite a lot of seats, clean, comfortable

  • Hinokuma Jingu Shrine and Kunikakasu Jingu Shrine (Hinokuma Jingu Shrine Office)
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Akiduki 365
    "These shrines are about one minute on foot from Nichizengu Station, and about five minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. Founded more than 2,600 years ago, they honor the Shinto gods Hinokuma-no-Okami and Kunikakasu-no-Okami. Worshiping there is thought to be helpful for matchmaking and household security. They hold a ceremony called ""Nichizengu Ebisu Mairi"" from January 9 to 11 when they offer lucky items like kumade and fukudawara amulets. It's the only time the approach to the shrine is lined with red banners lit up at night. On July 26, their kagura hall hosts a performance of Noh theater by firelight."

    神社の入口は同じで、小さな石橋を越えると神社の敷地です。真っ直ぐ参道を進み、突き当たりを右が國懸神宮、左が日前神宮となります。中はとても静かで、鶯が鳴き、巨木や苔も多くある緑豊かな森です。各々の10くらいの末寺のほこらが立ち並びます。

  • Roadside Station Negoro Sakura no Sato
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    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。

  • Kamayama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    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.

    年末12/30に車で参拝しました。 鳥居の前に駐車場がありソコソコ広いです。 雨のおかげか参拝者はポツポツです。 ご祭神は彦五瀬命や御毛入命、稲飯命など神武(物部)東征で戦った方々...

  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
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    37 Reviews
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    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...

  • Wakayama Prefecture Kii-fudoki-no-oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Iwase 1411
    This museum facility is operated by the prefectural government. The museum preserves and displays folk cultural items and artefacts excavated from ancient kofun tombs, particular the tombs of the Special Historic Site-designated Iwase Senzuka Ancient Tombs. The exterior of the museum is dressed with crystalline schist, the same stone used to build the tombs in the area. In the museum's standing exhibition, you can view excavated artefacts and explore the history of Wakayama Prefecture and from prehistory to the Middle Ages. The museum's vast grounds are dotted with the tombs of the Iwase Senzuka Ancient Tombs group, and there are walking courses connecting various sites as well as a reconstructed pit dwelling and Important Cultural Property-designated Edo period settlement - visitors can even look inside these buildings and some of the tombs!

    We went to this park not knowing what to expect, and were amazed at what we found. The park covers an area where people have lived continuously for thousands of years, what makes it special is the...

  • Bandoko Garden
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kongoho-ji Gokoku-in (Kimiidera Temple)
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    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.
  • Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Natural History
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    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。

  • Tamatsushima Shrine
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
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    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."

    和歌の浦の入口付近にあり、小さいながらも駐車場もあり便利です。古くから和歌の神様を祀る神社として天皇や貴族の信仰を集めたそうで、小野小町が袖をかけたとされる塀もありました。

  • Fujishiro-jinja Shrine
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    15 Reviews
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    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.”

    熊野古道の取り付き口の一つとして有名です。自分は冷水浦駅から地蔵峰寺(御所の芝)ハイキングの下山に使用しました。鳥居と紅葉が綺麗でした。鈴木さん云々は自分の親戚にいらっしゃらないので興味はないのですけれど。

  • Negoro-ji Temple
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    6 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Iwadeshi Negoro 2286
    Negoro-ji is a complex of temples in Negoro, Iwade City. It is the head temple of the Shingi Shingon sect founded over 900 years ago. The large wooden pagoda within the complex has been designated a national treasure and is the only large wooden stupa to have been designated as such. Visitors are welcome to enter inside and look around. The temple is also a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing.

    御朱印を戴きに寺務所に行き、存在を知りました。凝っていなく自然な趣きがよかったです。大きくないので、簡単に見学できます。

  • Roadside Station Seisyu no Sato
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    9 Reviews
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    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。

  • Oishi-kogen Highland
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    Wakayama Pref. Kaisougunkiminochou Nakada
    This highland area is spread between the towns of Aritagawa and Kimino. Surrounding the primary Oishigamine peak, elevation 870 meters, are pampas grasses inviting many visitors in early spring and during the autumn pampas grass season. The grasses are photogenic especially in the autumn dusk glow where they appear like shining gold. From the pinnacle, one can see the Izumi Mountain Range to the North, and Mt. Gomadan and other crests of inner Koya to the east. At night, one can even capture the star filled sky with the town lights in the backdrop. Because Koya can be reached by car, this is a spot that even a novice photographer feels like a professional.
  • Tomogashima
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    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.
  • Wakayama City Museum
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    16 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Minatohonmachi 3-2
    "This museum is about five minutes on foot from Wakayamashi Station and about 20 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange. Next to the Wakayama Civic Library, the museum opened in 1985. Their permanent exhibit ""What the Materials Tell of Wakayama's History"" has a total of six display areas. Five cover the primitive to the modern era, and a sixth Folk Area gives a feel for farm life. Their special and planned exhibits showcase various periods in history and different areas, and they host lectures and educational workshops too. The museum shop sells picture books of past exhibits."

    南海電鉄「和歌山市」駅からまっすぐ歩いて10分程のところにあります。外観はいかにも公共施設ですが、一歩中に入ると天井の高い石造りで靴音や声がよく響くコンサートホールのような建物で驚きました。 特別展「お殿様の宝物─南葵文庫と紀州徳川家伝来の美術─」が開催中でした。江戸時代の大名には親藩・譜代・外様の別がありますが、親藩のなかでも尾張・紀州・水戸は将軍を輩出できる別格の扱いとされました。現在、尾張...

  • Shiogama Shrine
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
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    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."

    古くから安産、子授けの神様として信仰を集めている神社です。山の斜面にできた小さな洞窟の中に拝殿が造られているのが驚きでした。

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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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