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Nature Spots in Wakayama / Kinokawa Area

  • 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.
  • Point Saika
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Saikazaki 629
    This coastal area is a part of Wakanoura, but is called Oku-Wakaura. This is the only remaining natural beach in Wakanoura. The view from the Point Saika lighthouse is a wonderful sight. On a clear day, one can see not only Awaji Island, but even as far as the islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea.
  • Kataonami Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Wakauraminami
    Extoled even in the Manyoshu, the ancient anthology of poems, these exquisite 1200-meter long white sandbank is part of the Wakanoura Bay. The sandbank, extending to 100 meters, accommodates many beach visitors in the summer. So popular has this site been that it was awarded special selection status in the seas category for Top 100 Most Comfortable Beaches by the Ministry of the Environment in 2006. With the nearby Kataonami Park nearby, the beach is a delightful spot for walks and dates even in off-season. Only 10 kilometers from the Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange, it is an easily accessible beach.
  • 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.
  • Kada Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kada
    Facing the Kitan Channel, the attraction of this beach is its beautiful shoreline. Located facing the Kada Bay, this coast features a natural sandy beach not formed by landfill. In the summer, the coast is used as a shoal beach for swimmers, and on a clear day Awajishima Island can be seen. Camping and barbecue pits are allowed here, with one of its attractions being that tents and other rentals including reservations for meals can be made so one can enjoy camping without all the preparation. There are many other sites to visit nearby, including the Awashima-jinja Shrine where the deities are enshrined for marriage and safe baby delivery, and other hot spring facilities.
  • Mt. Yuri
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Takebusa
    A mountain located in Kinokawa City, Wakayama Prefecture famous for its night view. In 1857, an 88 station pilgrimage route was built halfway up the mountain; this later fell into disrepair but a three kilometer portion was restored as a hiking course in 1987. Many people come here to enjoy the cherry blossoms in spring and the fall foliage in autumn. An observatory at the top of the mountain offers a sweeping view of the Kinokawa Plain. A 30 minute drive from the Kaminogo Interchange.
  • Mt.Oishigamine
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama
  • Mt.Katsuragi
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama
  • Wakayama Marina City
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Kemi1527
  • Katsuragisantenboudai
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawa City Kirihata969-2
  • Hamanomiyakaisuiyokujo
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Kemi
  • Isonourakaisuiyokujo
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Isonoura
  • Darumaishikyokoku
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kaiso County Kimino Town Kebarashimo
  • Oike
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayama City Nagayama
  • Kishibenosato Park Hotarunokan
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Kishigawachouinokuchi district
  • Togenkyo
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Kinokawa Momoyamacho Dan-Danshinden
  • Bandokoro Teien
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi
  • Kainan Wanpaku Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Kainan-shi Ononaka 995-2
  • Hiraike Ryokuchikoen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Kinokawa Kishigawacho Kodo 1073
  • Mt.Ryumon
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Kinokawa Arami

Wakayama Main Areas

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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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