18 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

18 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Wakayama Prefecture vacation planner

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Make it your trip
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Koya-cho
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nachikatsura-cho
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tanabe
— 7 nights
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Koya-cho

— 5 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Koya-cho side-trips: Kimino-cho (Kiminocho Kamifureai Park & Star Zoo, Misato Astronomical Observatory), Negoro-ji Temple Daimon (in Iwade) and Kinokawa (Kokawa Ubusuna Shrine & Tama Museum Kishi Station).

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koya-cho itinerary planner.

Naha to Koya-cho is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Naha in July, expect little chillier with lows of 76°F in Koya-cho. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nachikatsura-cho

— 4 nights
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nachikatsura-cho: Shingu (Sato Haruo Memoria Museum, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, &more), Kushimoto-cho (Umikongo, Hashigui Rock, &more) and Kumano (Hanano Iwaya Caves, Onigajo, &more). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, examine the collection at Taiji Whale Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Nachi Taisha, and explore the activities along Nachi Forest.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nachikatsura-cho attractions site.

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Nachikatsura-cho takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Nachikatsura-cho are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tanabe.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Tanabe

— 7 nights
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Explore Tanabe's surroundings by going to Shirahama-cho (Shirarahama Beach, Sandambeki Rock Cliff, &more). There's much more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Adventure World, steep yourself in history at Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site, head outdoors with Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tanabe trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Tanabe in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Tanabe are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wakayama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Aquariums · Historic Sites
Wakayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama.HistoryPresent-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of Kii.1953 flood disasterOn July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.GeographyCitiesNine cities are in Wakayama Prefecture:AridaGobōHashimoto IwadeKainanKinokawa ShingūTanabeWakayama (capital)Towns and villagesThese are the towns and villages in each district:

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