WakayamaKoyasan (Mount Koya) is the heart and soul of Wakayama Prefecture. Koyasan is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the year 885. The mountain is a spiritual place with over 100 temples that line the streets and surrounding areas. You can stay overnight in a temple here and experience the serenity of this profound site. In addition to its Zen history Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, is the home of the Shirahama area. Shirahama boasts a huge beach and hot spring resort, amusement parks, hiking, and a rugged coastline with interesting rock formations and small islands dotting the horizon.
Places to visit in Wakayama
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This theme park, aquarium and zoo features many animals from different parts of the world. Adventure World in Wakayama Prefecture offers visitors the chance to meet and learn about the animals up close. The park has irregular holidays and the opening hours are
Koyasan Kongobu-ji Head Temple
Koyasan Kongobu-ji Temple is the head temple of the 3600 Shingon temples located throughout Japan.
Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine (Oyunohara)
Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine is part of the Kumano Sanzan, a UNESCO World Heritage, and has the largest Torii shrine gate in Japan.
A sacred mountain in Wakayama Prefecture, Mount Koya is home to numerous temples and shrines, some of which also provide accommodation and an insight into the Shingon sect of Buddhism, which was founded in 885.
Koyasan Okuno-in Temple
This temple is the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and is known as the country's largest cemetery. Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, was a Buddhist monk and the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism. The temple has a calm atmosphere and is surrounded by lu
Koyasan Danjo Garan (Sacred Temple Complex)
Danjo Garan Temple was opened by monk Kukai as a place for secret training.
Koyasan Reihokan Museum
Koyasan Reihokan is a museum which displays cultural and religious assets related to Mount Koyasan and local temples.
Situated a 5-minute walk from Izu-kogen Train Station, Hinodeya provides Japanese-style accommodation with a public bath. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee, and use free Wi-Fi in the room.
Pension Totem Pole
A 15-minute walk from Izukogen Station, rustic Pension Totem Pole offers a retreat the woods with a natural hot spring bath, a terrace and free Wi-Fi at the lobby. The pension houses a tennis court, and it offers barbecue faciliti
Kawayu Onsen Fujiya
Boasting various hot spring baths and river views, Kawayu Onsen Fujiya is historic accommodation situated near the Kumano pilgrimage route. Sophisticated Japanese multi-course meals are served in guest rooms.
Dormy Inn Premium Wakayama Natural Hot Spring
Only a 5-minute walk from JR Wakayama Train Station, Dormy Inn Premium Wakayama Natural Hot Spring offers modern accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy the various public hot-spring baths and sauna rooms.
Buddha Guest House
A 5-minute walk from JR Kiitanabe Train Station, Buddha Guest House offers affordable dormitory-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Rental bicycles are provided for touring the area and guests can relax in the quiet garden.
Conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from Kiikatsuura Train Station, Wakatake offers cosy Japanese-style accommodations featuring tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Free Wi-Fi is available at public
Boasting ocean views and quick access to the beach, Shinwaka Lodge is located in Wakayama just an 8-minute drive from JR Kimiidera Train Station. It features free WiFi access and a hot spring bath.