10 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

10 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

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10 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Koya-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Wakayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Tanabe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

2
nights
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Koya-cho is known for historic sites, nature, museums, spas, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichijo-in Temple, steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and stroll the grounds of Koyasan Okunoin.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Koya-cho road trip planner .

Tokyo to Koya-cho is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Wakayama.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Koyasan Danjo Garan ©
Koyasan Danjo Garan

2
nights
Wakayama

Wakayama ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Namihaya Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, then take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, and finally look and learn at Star Zoo, Misato Astronomical Observatory. Keep things going the next day: stop by Wakayama Marina City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, then browse the fresh offerings at Kinokuni Fruit Village, then find something for the whole family at Porto Europe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Wakayama online route planner .

You can drive from Koya-cho to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Wakayama, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tanabe.

Things to do in Wakayama

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, Star Zoo, Misato Astronomical Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Porto Europe ©
Porto Europe
Wakayama Marina City ©
Wakayama Marina City
Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle

3
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Attractions like Adventure World and Shirarahama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tanabe: Shirahama-cho (Engetsuto, Sandambeki Rock Cliff, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, explore the fascinating underground world of Sandanbeki Cave, steep yourself in history at Kumano Sansho Shrine, and stop by Toretore Market.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tanabe trip planner .

Take a train from Wakayama to Tanabe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
Highlights from your plan
Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Shirarahama Beach ©
Shirarahama Beach
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Kushimoto Marine Park Undersea Tower, stroll through Hashigui Rock, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally don't miss a visit to Daimonzaka. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kujirahama Beach.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho trip maker .

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Nachikatsura-cho sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kushimoto-cho, Taiji-cho
Highlights from your plan
Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Taiji Whale Museum ©
Taiji Whale Museum
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha