Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Kuroshio Market
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    3.5
    17 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.

    駐車場から果物即売所を抜けた先に黒潮市場があります。中はお土産やと食事の購入ができる場所が半分ずつのスペースを割いてます。この日はあまりにも外気温が高く外の浜焼きBBQを利用しようと言う気にはなれませんでした。握りずしのセットと和歌山名物[梅そば]を注文しました。お寿司と蕎麦は別の店で購入、食べる場所は別にもうけてありました。味はなかなか新鮮で美味しかったです。セットで1000円位であれば十分満足...

  • Wakayama Park Zoo
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    3.5
    81 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Ichibanchou 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...

  • Ramen Marui (Juniban-cho)
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    4.0
    58 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.

    Good taste ramen, a plenty of green onions make it more delicious. Regrettably I prefer more hard noodle.

  • Osakaya Hiina-no-Yu
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi 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...

  • Itakiso-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    46 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...

  • Yamatame Shokudo
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    4.0
    46 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.

  • Hinokuma Jingu Shrine and Kunikakasu Jingu Shrine (Hinokuma Jingu Shrine Office)
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • 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
    37 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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    3.5
    38 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 its best to avoid...

  • Bandoko Garden
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    4.0
    29 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...

  • Ginpei Wakayama Main Store
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Juichibanchou 22
    This seafood restaurant is located in Juichibancho, Wakayama City. The restaurant uses fresh fish caught in the morning of the same day, from Wakayama’s fishing port, to make meals such as sashimi, boiled fish and Tai-meshi (sea bream with rice). In the evening, the restaurant serves Tai-meshi courses, with sashimi, boiled fish, Tempura as sides, and during the day, there are daytime special courses and Gozen course meals which include sashimi, seafood bowls and conger eel dishes.

    魚が食べたいということで、知人のススメもあり行ってみた。張り紙に、満席と書かれてあったが、確認したら、幸いにも個室を案内いただけた。料理は普通に美味い。次回はしっかり予約が必要かも。

  • Tamatsushima Shrine
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    4.0
    30 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."

    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。

  • Mihanami
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kuroda 2-1-25
    This restaurant serving traditional kaiseki banquet cuisine is right near JR Wakayama Station. The shop's interior is replete with Wakayama produced items, from their tables and shelves to their earthen walls to the alcove made of hinoki cypress and Japanese cedar. They are equally dedicated to excellent food with carefully selected seasonal ingredients and lots of limited quantity items. You'll relish the flavor of the seasons with their limited time course meals featuring ingredients like bamboo shoots, or saury in autumn. They also have lots of a la carte dishes like salads, fried food, and pizza. Their original ponzu sauce that they use in the restaurant is available for purchase.

    Looking for fresh sashimi found Mihanami three blocks from Wakayama Station. Pretty crowded with locals as you would expect at 7:00 pm on a Saturday night but they squeezed me in at the end of the...

  • 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.
  • Kamayama-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    25 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.

    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...

  • Kyoubashi Koutaro
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Honmachi 1-1 Sankei Kyobashi Building Underground 1F
    "This ramen shop is at Temari Square in Honmachi, Wakayama City. Their broth made with pork and chicken bones, boned pork rib called “chashu"" simmered for a long time with their secret soy sauce at low temperature, and a nicely sweet seasoning known as “kaeshi"" are all superb. These and fine al dente noodles go into their Wakayama style “Kotaro Ramen"" with its moderately rich pork bone soy sauce broth. You can also try their soy sauce ramen for a lighter flavor. They've been featured in a variety of media, including on a popular Thai television program."

    The restaurant is close do my hotel and recommended by receptionist. We enjoy ramen and sushi served on bambus :)

  • Wakayama Prefecture Kii-fudoki-no-oka Museum of Archaeology and Folklore
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • 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.
  • Shojin Cafe Foi
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Shintori 3-3-1
    This is a cafe offering Buddhist vegetarian cuisine one road off of the Keyaki main street in Shintori 3-chome, Wakayama City. Of course shunning fish and meat, they also refrain from using any vegetables with the strong smell of chive or garlic in their original Shojin cuisine. They serve yakuzen-nabe (medicinal herb hotpot), curry, cutlet and rice bowl with sauce, pasta and sandwiches, as well as handmade sweets such as cakes without milk or eggs, and Snowflake Ice using Taiwanese shaved ice.

    I visited this restaurant on many occasions during my two years in Wakayama. The food is amazing and I really loved the atmosphere of the place. If you are visiting Wakayama you must stop by to try...

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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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