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Nature Spots in Wakayama Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Okushinwakanorakaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Shinwakanorakaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Isonoura Kaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Isonoura
  • Wakanorakaigan
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama Wakanoura
  • Bazetoge
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Kainan
  • Shinwakaura
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Shinwakaura

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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