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Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県 Wakayama-ken) is located in the southwestern part of Kansai region.

Understand

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Tourist Information Site

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Wakayama Travel Guide is the prefecture's official multilingual guide site.

Cities

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Map of Wakayama (prefecture)
  • 1 Wakayama - the prefectural capital
  • 2 Kainan
  • 3 Kinokawa  
  • 4 Kushimoto - town on the southernmost point of Honshu
  • 5 Nachikatsuura - Mt. Nachi and Katsuura onsen
  • 6 Shirahama - Shirahama Onsen and Nanki-Shirahama Airport
  • 7 Shingu
  • 8 Tanabe
    • 1 Hongu - a little mountain town surrounded by three great onsen

Other destinations

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Engetsu Island in Shirahama

Get in

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By plane

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1 Nanki–Shirahama Airport (SHM IATA). Flights only to Tokyo-Haneda.    

By train

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The main train hub is Wakayama, about one hour south of Osaka, or two hours to Kyoto on the Ocean Arrows limited express.

By bus

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Get around

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By train

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A train line runs around the southern coastline. Other train services are sparse.

 
Kumano Hongu Shrine

Shirahama beach is crowded with tourists every summer. The water is clear and there are lots of hotels near the beach.

The three shrines of Kumano Kodo, namely Kumano-Hayatama, Kumano-Nachi and Kumano-Hongu (formerly Kumano-Niimasu), have been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Scuba posting

An underwater mailbox (すさみ海中郵便ポスト Susami Kaichu Yubin-Posto) can be found at a depth of 10 meters off the coast of Susami, Wakayama, and is certified as the "World's deepest mailbox" in the Guinness Book of World Records 2002. Special plastic postcards (¥150 domestic, ¥350 international) are available, and divers mail nearly 200 items daily in the summer peak season. The mailbox is open from April to September.

Drink

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Go next

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  • Ise - small town in Mie prefecture with its famous shrines, can be reached by train.




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