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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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.
Koyasan Kongobu-ji Head Temple
Koyasan Kongobu-ji Temple is the head temple of the 3600 Shingon temples located throughout Japan.
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
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 Reihokan Museum
Koyasan Reihokan is a museum which displays cultural and religious assets related to Mount Koyasan and local temples.
Koyasan Danjo Garan (Sacred Temple Complex)
Danjo Garan Temple was opened by monk Kukai as a place for secret training.
Katsuura Kanko Hotel
Offering a tea lounge, karaoke, a hot-spring bath and a unique tuna-head grilling event, Katsuura Kanko Hotel is a 7-minute walk from JR Kii-Tenma Train Station. The traditionally-styled Japanese rooms have views of Nachi Bay and
Shingu UI Hotel
Shingu UI Hotel offers 2 restaurants, a café and free Wi-Fi at public areas. JR Shingu Train Station is located within an 8-minute walk.
Mirai Noen is set in Tanabe, 26 km from Ryujin Hot Spring. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a flat-screen TV. Rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom.
Wakayama Urban Hotel
Conveniently located a 3-minute walk from JR Wakayama Station, this hotel features free WiFi, bicycle rentals and coin launderette. Complimentary coffee are available at the lobby from 18:00 till midnight. Wakayama Castle is a 10-
Hotel Ambient Izukogen Cottage
Hotel Ambient Izukogen Cottage offers luxurious private villas including a kitchen, some boasting a private hot spring bath. A free shuttle service is available to/from Izu-Kogen Train Station, a 10-minute drive away.
Pension Sunny Salad
Pension Sunny Salad is located in Ito, 2.9 km from Izu Shaboten Park. Jogasaki-Kaigan Station on the Izu Kyuko Line is a 3-minute stroll away, while the nearest beach is a 15-minute walk.
Hotel Rident Ito
Hotel Rident Ito offers comfortable guest rooms just a 5-minute walk from Ito Train Station. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. A fridge and an electric kett