Wakayama Travel Guide

Wakayama is the area located in the northern area of Wakayama Prefecture. 

A popular tourist spot in Wakayama is Wakayama Castle.  This castle was built by Toyotomi Hidenaga, by orders of his older brother Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was warlord from the Sengoku period (1467-1590) to the Azuchi Momoyama period (1573-1603).  During the Edo period (1603-1868), it became the residence of Tokugawa Yorinobu, the son of Tokugawa Ieyasu.  The castle was abandoned during the Meiji period (1868-1912) and was opened to the public as Wakayama Park.  It was burned down during WWII and the current Wakayama Park is what was revived in a restoration project.

Wakayama is facing the ocean is has a beautiful natural landscape.  Waka-no-ura Bay and Cape Hinomisaki are popular spots to view the sunset.  At Wakayama Marina City, locally caught fresh seafood is sold.  In addition to the sales area, there is a dining area at the market and it is possible to eat there.

A hot topic lately is the Wakayama Dentetsu (Electric Railway) Kishigawa Line which connects Wakayama city and Kinokawa city.  It became hot topic because of the cat named “Tama stationmaster” at Kishi Station, the last stop of the Kishigawa Line.  Currently, the second generation “Nitama stationmaster” is at the station.  On the Kishigawa Line, there are trains designed with the Tama stationmaster motif, and the Ichigo (Strawberry) Train, and Omocha (Toy) Train, designed by Mitooka Eiji.  Special train vehicles which can only be seen here are attractive.

Transportation within the area is convenient by train.  Wakayama Station, the central station in Wakayama, is located 1 hour by train from Osaka and 40 minutes by car from Kansai International Airport.

Tourism information: Wakayama

Map: Wakayama