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Wakayama

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Flea Markets
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II. On a tour of Wakayama, you'll have the chance to take day trips to the prefecture's numerous natural and historic sights, as the town has good connections and also provides easy access to Osaka and Nara. Besides visiting and enjoying the view from the castle keep, you can check out the local restaurants, stroll the port area and its fish markets, and sample Wakayama's famous "umeboshi," or salted plums. Make your own Wakayama vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Japan vacation tool.
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Popular things to do in Wakayama

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Castle
Wakayama Castle
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Kimiidera Temple
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Island
Tomogashima Island
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Flea Market
Kuroshio Market
2.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Wakayama

Historic Site
Site of Miyama Batttery
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Awashima Shrine
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Theme Park
Porto Europe
2.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Wakaura Tenmangu
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

Side trips from Wakayama

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Mountain
Mt. Koya Koya-cho
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Cemetery
Koyasan Okunoin Koya-cho
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens Kobe
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Kobe
4.2
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Wakayama

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Religious Site
Itakiso Shrine
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Kishu Toshogu Shrine
3.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Second Battery Ruins
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Kid-friendly things to do in Wakayama

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Wakayama Marina City
2.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Beach
Namihaya Beach
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Beach
Kataonami Beach
3.3
Duration: 1 hour
Beach
Isonoura Beach
3.8
Duration: 1 hour

Nature in Wakayama

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Mountain
Mt. Tengu
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Mountain
Mt. Takatsumi
3.3
Duration: 4 hours
Water Body
Daifuku no Meisui
2.5
Duration: 4 hours
Geologic Formation
Nambazaki
2.5
Duration: 30 minutes

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