Guide to Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama prefecture is rich in a mild climate, nature and clean water. Wakayama-city,where Wakayama University is located,has developed as the capital city with 370,000 people and as the center of politics,economics and culture in the prefecture.
Koyasan is a mountaintop basin some 6 km east-west and 2 km north-south, where in 816 kukai - the monk kobodaishi - opened his first seminary for practicing the asceticism of the esoteric sect of Shingon Buddhism. The area is surrounded by mountains 1,000 m in height.
Shirahama is one of the most popular tourist resorts in Wakayama Prefecture, attracting more than 3.5 million visitors every year, There are as many as 120 spa sources and 90 hotels equipped with spa facilities. You can choose having a spa bath in a luxury hotel
Kumano Ancient Road
Kumano Ancient Road : Since the medieval ages, many people in Kyoto have made a 690 km round-trip pilgrimage to Kumano Sanzan Shrines by taking the steep mountainous route.
Kushimoto, southermost end of Wakayama Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean, is well known for its coast and water sports. Hashikuiiwa Rocks, Kushimoto Marine Park and Kushimoto Diving Park attract visitors deeply. Shionomisaki, located at the southern tip of Kushimoto, is the representative of Kushimoto.
Nachikatsuura is one of the leading fishing ports is Japan, well known for its rich resources of tuna. In terms of landscape Nachikatsuura waterfall, the No.1 waterfall in Japan, and Kinomatsushima are well recognized. However, people are attracted by open spas in the region. These open spas integrate with natural rocks, caves and picturesque scenery, making Katsuura to be one of the best spa resorts in Japan.