Wakayama

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Wakayama Castle

Wakayama (和歌山) is the capital of Wakayama prefecture, Japan.

Understand[edit]

This city is very important in the history of Japan and has a unique culture. There are many important shrines.

7 century earlier, Wakayama is said Ki no kuni (木国). Ki means wood. Wood is important materials. Wood is used everywhere in Japan, for example shrine, temple, house, ship, hoe, lacquerware and chopsticks. According to Nihon Shoki(日本書紀), Isotakeru(五十猛) planted a tree in Japan. Ooyatsuhime(大屋都比賣神) and Tsumatsuhime(都麻都比賣命) planted a tree in Japan too. They are brother and sisters. They came back Ki no kuni. They dedicated Itakiso Jinja Shrine(伊太祁曽神社). According to Kojiki(古事記), Isotakeru help Ōkuninushi that is targeted his life. Ōkuninushi dedicated Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane Prefecture. Ōkuninushi and Sukunabikona(少彦名命) cooperated. But Sukunabikona go to Tokoyono kuni(常世の国). Sukunabikona dedicated Awashima-jinja Shrine(淡嶋神社) in Kada.

According to Nihon Shoki(日本書紀) and Kojiki(古事記), Emperor Jimmu and Hikoitsusenomikoto come to Wakayama.Hikoitsusenomikoto is Emperor Jimmu's older brother. He was wounded. He was died in Onominato Wakayama, and buried in Kamayama.He dedicated Kamayama Jinja Shrine (竈山神社). Emperor Jimmu present Higata no Kagami and Hiboko no Kagami to Takeshi-uchi no Sukune that is Ki clan in Wakayama. Higata no Kagami and Hiboko no Kagami are equivalent to Yata no Kagami is a sacred mirror that is part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan.Yata no Kagami is said to be housed in Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. It mean Amaterasu in Ise Grand Shrine.Ki clan established Hinokuma Jingu / Kunikakasu Jingu (日前神宮・國懸神宮). The middle Ages, Visitor to Kumano Hongū Taisha dropped in Hinokuma Jingu / Kunikakasu Jingu.


Kataonami(片男波) Beach and Tamatsushima(玉津島) in Wakanoura(和歌浦) are scenic spots from the ancient times. Many people write Waka(和歌). Waka is Classical style Japanese poem. Man'yōshū(万葉集) that is oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry was written 13 poems. According to Man'yōshū, Yamabe no Akahito(山部 赤人) with Emperor Shōmu wrote the poem.

"若の浦に 潮満ち来れば 潟を無み 葦辺をさして 鶴鳴き渡る"

Kataonami(潟を無み) was named the beach. Subsequently, Kataonami(潟を無み) changed Kataonami(片男波). Emperor Shōmu was established Tamatsushima jinja Shrine(玉津島神社). Heian period, Many visitor to Kumano Hongū Taisha dropped in Wakanoura(若の浦) and wrote many Waka.Many waka use Tamatsushima for Utamakura(歌枕). Tamatsushima became famous. Tamatsushima jinja Shrine became shrine of Waka. Then Wakanoura(若の浦) changed Wakanoura(和歌浦).

Sugawara no Michizane(菅原道真) dropped in Wakanoura wrote two poems. Subsequently, he was Tenjin(天神). Emperor Murakami was established Wakanoura Tenmangu shrine (和歌浦天満宮). It was said Tenmangu with a historyaboard Kitano Tenman-gū(北野天満宮) in Kyoto and Dazaifu Tenman-gū(太宰府天満宮) in FUkuoka.

In 1585, Toyotomi Hideyoshi(豊臣秀吉) visited in Wakanoura(和歌浦). He was built a castle in Okayama(岡山). Okayama changed Wakayama(和歌山). Wakayama(和歌山) means Waka-noura(和歌-浦) connected Oka-yama(岡-山).


Money[edit]

International ATMs with English menus are also available at 7-Eleven convenience stores, which are open 24 hours in plentiful quantities throughout the city.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Wakayama can be accessed on the JR Hanwa Line and the private Nankai Main Line, both of which run south from Osaka City.

JR Wakayama station can be reached by Limited Express trains from Shin-Osaka station, departing every hour. The Kuroshio, Super Kuroshio or Ocean Arrow run from Shin-Osaka to Wakayama in one hour at a cost of ¥2660. From Tennoji the run takes about 45 minutes (¥2280). There are also five daily Limited Express departures from Kyoto (90 minutes, ¥3660). From major stations on the Osaka Loop Line, regular Rapid trains run to Wakayama every 20 minutes: look for the Kishiyuji Rapid (紀州路快速). It takes about 90 minutes from Osaka (¥1210) and one hour from Tennoji (¥830). Be sure that you are in the correct car, as part of the train splits off to Kansai International Airport.

The above trains are free with the Japan Rail Pass.

Nankai Railway has two stations: The main station, located marginally closer to the castle than JR, is called Wakayamashi. The other station, Wakayamako, is adjacent to the Nankai Ferry terminal where ships operate to/from Tokushima. Wakayamashi is served by Nankai Railway's Limited Express train, appropriately called the Southern. Trains depart every 30 minutes from Nankai Namba station, running to Wakayamashi in about one hour at a cost of ¥1390. Select trains continue on to Wakayamako, five more minutes away. By regular train it takes 75-90 minutes to reach Wakayamashi with a change of trains required enroute, at a cost of ¥890. All trains pick up and discharge at Shin-Imamiya station, which is a stop on the JR Osaka Loop Line.

By bus[edit]

An overnight bus service operated by Narita Kūkō Kōtsū runs daily from Keisei-Ueno station in Tokyo and Yokohama station in Kanagawa to JR Wakayama and Nankai Wakayamashi stations. The one-way cost is ¥9000 from Ueno and ¥8600 from Yokohama.

Get around[edit]

Buses run between the two train stations which pass the castle. The maximum journey is 220yen and takes ten minutes or so. Taxis also operate in large numbers, and are very easily found.

By train[edit]

By bus[edit]

By bike[edit]

By car[edit]

See[edit]

Saigoku Sansha Mairi:Visits to three shrines[edit]

Hinokuma Jingu / Kunikakasu Jingu
Kamayama Jinja Shrine
Itakiso Jinja Shrine
Station Master Tama at Kishi station
Station Master Nitama at Idakiso station
  •    Hinokuma Jingu / Kunikakasu Jingu (日前神宮・國懸神宮) (Five minutes' walk from Nichizengu station.). This is equivalent to Ise Grand Shrine and one of the oldest shrines in Japan and a rare shrine popularly known as Nichizengu, which has two shrines in the grounds. According to the Nihon Shoki, around 2,600 years ago, Yata no Kagami is a sacred mirror that is part of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. It is said to be housed in Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. It mean Amaterasu in Ise Grand Shrine. Two sacred mirror made prior to make Yata no Kagami. They are Higata no Kagami and Hiboko no Kagami that mean Amaterasu. Higata no Kagami is said to be housed in Hinokuma Jingu. Hiboko no Kagami is said to be housed in Kunikakasu Jingu. BC659, Emperor Jimmu present them to Takeshi-uchi no Sukune that is Ki clan in Wakayama. Ki clan established.
  •    Kamayama Jinja Shrine (竈山神社) (Fifteen minutes' walk from Kamayama station.).
  •    Itakiso Jinja Shrine (伊太祁曽神社) (Five minutes' walk from Idakiso station.).
  •    The Station Master Tama (たま駅長). 10:00~16:00.
  •    Kiifudoki no Oka (紀伊風土記の丘),  +81-73-471-6123. 9:00~16:30 (last entry to museum: 16:00). ¥190.

Wakayama Castle Area[edit]

Momijidani Teien (Garden)
The Koshoan
  •    Wakayama Castle (和歌山城, Wakayama-jō) (Get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop). Wakayama is best known for its castle. Like many castles in Japan, this is a partial reconstruction, as it suffered bomb damage during the war. Walking around the castle is not as commercial as it would be in places like Osaka, for example, and it usually very peaceful. From inside the castle you get a good view of the city, and there are some small exhibits inside, showing some of the castle's understated history.
    Within the castle grounds is a zoo, which is a very depressing experience- best avoided.
    Entry into the castle: ¥400 adults, ¥200 children.
    •    Momijidani Teien (Garden) (紅葉渓庭園) (Get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop),  +81-73-431-8648. 09:00 - 17:00. Free.
    •    The Koshoan (紅松庵) (Get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop). 9:00~16:30. Japanese green tea & Sweets:¥460.
  •    Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / Museum (和歌山県立近代美術館/博物館).
  •    Eiunji (恵運寺), 3-1-66, Fukiage +81-73-424-7633. Ther is Masatake Fujibayashi tomb. He wrote Shōninki. It is a medieval ninja document from Kishū province.

Kada Area[edit]

Kada
Awashima-jinja (Shrine)
Tomogashima islands

Wakanoura Area[edit]

Kimii-dera
Wakanoura Tenmangu (shrine)
Bandoko-Teien (Garden)
Yosuien (Garden)
Tamatsushima Shrine
Kishu Toshogu (Shrine)
Imoseyama
Kankaikaku
Furobashi (Bridge)

Do[edit]

By car, you can reach a small amusement park called Europa city, which is not very tourist-orientated or well advertised. It was built to capitalise on the newly-built Kansai airport, but has faced financial problems because of it's somewhat awkward position out of town.

Picking fruit[edit]

  •    Strawberry Picking.

Onsen[edit]

  •    Kada Awashima Onsen Osakaya Hiina no Yu (加太淡嶋温泉 大阪屋ひいなの湯), 142 Kada (Train / Bus: approx. 20 minutes from Nankai-Kada Line Kada Station Car: 45 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Sennan Interchange),  +81-73-459-1151. 11:00-14:30 15:00-19:00. Drop-in bath (with towel). Adults: ¥900 / children: ¥500 Bath towel rental: ¥200, private bath (45 minutes): ¥3,150.
  •    Wakayama Kada Onsen Kada Kaigetsu (和歌山加太温泉 加太海月), 1905 Kada (Train / Bus: approx. 20 minutes from Nankai-Kada Line Kada Station Car: 40 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Sennan Interchange),  +81-73-459-0015. Bath only 11:00 - 15:00 (last entry 14:30). Bath only (with bath towel rental). Adults: ¥1,200 / children: ¥700 Lunch plan (with bath) from ¥3,675.
  •    Natural Onsen Nishihama Goten no Yu Yu-bath Wakayama Branch (天然温泉西浜御殿の湯 ユーバス和歌山店), 20 Minato (Train / Bus: 3 minutes by foot from Kaobashi bus stop by Wakayama Bus Shin-wakanoura Direction from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station Car: 20 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange),  +81-73-426-2641. 6:00 - 27:00 (last entry at 26:00). Onsen bathing rates. Adults: ¥780 / children: ¥400 General bathing rates. ¥420 (large public bath only) / towel rental: ¥50, bath towel rental: ¥100.
  •    Natural Wakanoura Onsen Manpa Manyo no Yu (天然和歌の浦温泉萬波 萬葉の湯), 2-10 Shinwakaura (Train / Bus: 2 minutes by foot from Shin-waka Yuen bus stop by Wakayama Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station Car: 30 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange),  +81-73-444-1161. Drop in bath 11:00 - 15:00. Drop in bath (with towel rental). Adults: ¥1,400 There is a charge for bath towels. There is a discount for those who have meals. Private bath (50 minutes) ¥3,990.
  •    Nagomi Nukumori Fukuro no Yu (和み 温もり ふくろうの湯), Fortewajima Basement 1F 2-1 honmachi (Train / Bus: A quick walk from Honmachi 2-chome bus stop by Wakayama Bus Shuttle Bus from JR Wakayama Station or Nankai Wakayama-shi Station Car: 15 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange),  +81-73-423-4126. 10:00-24:00 (last entry at 23:00). Bath. Adults: ¥1,000 (with towels / bath towels), children: ¥500 (with bath towel) Rock bath. Adults only: ¥1,300 Bath and rock bath. Adults only: ¥1,650.
  •    Hanayama Onsen Yakushi no Yu (花山温泉 薬師の湯), 574 Narukami (Train / Bus: Approx. 10 minutes by Wakayama Bus Kifudoki no Oka Direction from JR Wakayama Station. Get off at Akizuki bus stop. Car: 5 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange),  +81-73-471-3277. 8:00 - 23:00. Bath. Adults: ¥1,000 / children: ¥500 (discount after 17:00. Adults: ¥600 / children: ¥300) Bath with "Hanayama Kaiseki (traditional Japanese meal brought in courses) Course" ¥5,250 Tebura set (includes a small towel and a rental bath towel) 350 yen(you can take the small towel home with you as a souvenir).
  •    Kimiidera Onsen Hana no Yu Garden Hotel Hayashi (天然紀三井寺温泉 花の湯 ガーデンホテルはやし), 673 Kimiidera (Train / Bus: Approx. 5 minutes by foot from JR Kimiidera Station Car: Approx. 20 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange / approx. 15 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Kainan Interchange),  +81-73-444-1004. 11:00 - 22:00. Bath only. Adults: ¥800 / children: ¥400 Book of tickets (6) ¥4,000.
  •    Kishu Kuroshio Onsen (紀州 黒潮温泉), 1525 Kemi Wakayama City (Train / Bus: Approx. 15 minutes by Wakayama Bus Marina City Direction from JR Kinokuni Line Kainan Station Approx. 30 minutes by Wakayama Bus Marina City Direction from Nankai Main Line Wakayama-shi Station Car: 10 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Kainan Interchange),  +81-73-448-1126. 10:00 - 24:00 (last entry at 23:00). Bath. Adults: ¥830 / children: ¥520 Bath with towel rental. Adults: ¥1,000 / children ¥600.
  •    Kada-Awashima Onsen, Pension Fujiya, Aburi no Yu (加太淡嶋温泉 あぶりの湯 ペンションふじや), 200 Kada (Train / Bus: Approx. 20 minutes from Nankai-Kada Line Kada Station Car: 45 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Sennan Interchange / Hanshin Expressway Bayshore Line Izumi Sano-minami Interchange),  +81-73-459-1500. No particular restrictions. Onsen Bathing rates (includes soft drink): Adults: ¥800 Children: ¥600 Private onsen (45 minutes): ¥1,000 (not including bathing tax) 1 night 2 meals: from ¥8,400.

Kobudō[edit]

Fishing / Angling[edit]

  •    Wakayama Marina City Umiduri kouen (和歌山マリーナシティ海釣り公園), Wakayama Marina City, 1535-3 Kemi +81-73-448-0020. You need not bring anything except the desire to fish. From the raw amateur to the seasoned pro, anyone can enjoy fishing here. Try for the red snappers and yellow tails found in our own fishing pool, or snag Japanese seabass, black porgies, and mackerels in the neighboring pools of Waka-no-Ura.. The pod is angling in Thunnus, bonito, Seriola lalandi, Amberjack, Olive flounder, Red sea bream, Pseudocaranx dentex, Longtooth grouper and Grouper.
  •    Unagi tsuri Osakaya (うなぎつり 大阪屋), 62 Saikayacho +81-73-423-5886. 5PM - 11PM. Angling eel. ¥600-¥1600.
  •    Wakayama Hokkou Umiduri Kouen (和歌山北港魚釣公園), 1675-11 Minato +81-73-451-2866. 6:00 - 19:30. Black sea bream, rockfish, gray, headed, horse mackerel, mullet
  •    Oyako turi park (親子つり パーク), 101-3 tano +81-73-447-0327. Headed, rockfish, Ajiiwashi, gray, black sea bream
  •    Wakaura (和歌浦), Sinwakaura +81-73-444-4349. Rockfish, black sea bream, horse mackerel, mackerel, headed
  •    Kada Ohato (加太大波止), Kada (15 minutes walk from Nankai Kada Line Kada Station),  +81-73-459-0003. Black sea bream, mackerel, gray, mackerel, mullet, sardines
  •    Jogasaki isotsuri (城ヶ崎磯つり), Kada (25 minute walk from Nankai Kada Line Kada Station),  +81-73-459-0003. Headed, horse mackerel, Mebarusaba, Bella
  •    Kada Noriaisen (Recreational boat fishing) (加太乗合船) (15 minutes walk from Nankai Kada Line Kada Station),  +81-73-459-0003. Recreational boat fishing. Yellowtail, black sea bream, Thailand, headed, bald, rockfish
  •    Tomogashima (友ヶ島) (15 minutes walk from Nankai Kada Line Kada Station, about 20 minutes Tomogashima steamer from Kada Port),  +81-73-459-0314. Headed, horse mackerel, rockfish, yellowtail, gray

Golf[edit]

Tennis[edit]

  • Wakayama City Municipal Public Sports Complex Tennis Courts (和歌山市立 市民スポーツ広場 テニスコート), 796-1 Fukushima Wakayama City (10 minutes by bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station),  +81-73-435-1152. All-weather for both rubber / hard (hard court) / 9 courts Closed from 29th December - 3rd January
  • Wakayama City Municipal Public Tennis Courts (和歌山市立 市民テニスコート), 775-1 Matsue Wakayama City (10 minutes by foot from Nankai-kada Line Higashi Matsue Station),  +81-73-452-0997. for both rubber / hard / 8 courts Night lighting facilities / 10 posts Closed from 29th December - 3rd January (there are also ad hoc holidays)
  • Kyukamura Kada Tennis Courts (休暇村加太 テニスコート), 483 Miyama Wakayama City (10 minutes by bus from Nankai kada Station),  +81-73-459-0321. All-weather /4courts Omni-court /1court No holiday
  • Wakayama Green Tennis Club (ワカヤマグリーン テニスクラブ), 2-3-28 Uzu Wakayama City (15 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station, 5 minutes from Shakomae bus stop, 10 minutes from Horidome bus stop.),  +81-73-436-6464. Artificial grass court /3courts Night game facilities available. No holiday
  • Wakayama Tennis School (ワカヤマテニス スクール), 239 Kozaika Wakayama City (20 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by car from JR Wakayama Station, 3 minutes from Minami-Nakashima bus stop),  +81-73-426-1093. Outdoor artificial grass: 3 courts, indoor artificial grass: 2 courts. Night game facilities available. Closed at Obon and New Year.
  • Wakayama Indoor Tennis Club (和歌山インドア テニスクラブ), 1070 Sonobe Wakayama City (10 minutes by foot from JR Musota Station),  +81-73-462-2336. 3 indoor courts (artificial grass with sand), 2 outdoors courts (artificial grass with sand) Night game facilities available. No holiday
  • WATS Tennis Club (WATSテニスクラブ), 40-1 Negi Wakayama City (10 minutes by foot from JR Sendae Station.),  +81-73-477-5533. 2 all-weather hard courts, 2 all-weather artificial grass courts Night game facilities available. No holiday

Surfing[edit]

  •    Isonoura Beach (Surfing place) (磯の浦海水浴場) (Right beside Nankai Kada Line Isonoura Station),  +81-73-452-2737. Car par / 1,500 places(from ¥800 per day) (kiosks) 1 kiosk area (no. of stores unknown) ■Length of beach: 1,200m / sea is 100m from sand dunes with 1.5m in depth ■Well maintained and comparatively new beach ■Barbecues ○(Notify Beach Resident's Association Secretariat. Advance notification should be made to the Tourist Association) ■Surfing ○ (Prohibited in July / August in the swimming area)

Seaside Resort[edit]

  •    Kataonami Beach (片男波海水浴場) (Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station, 10 minutes by foot from Wakanoura / Furobashi bus stop.),  +81-73-447-9080. Selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the "best water areas" in the sea category. Car par / 850 places (¥1,000 per day) Seaside houses /8 ■Length of beach: 1,200m / sea is 130m from sand dunes with 1 - 5m in depth ■Well maintained and comparatively new beach ■Barbecues × (prohibited in July / August. Notify the Management and Operations Committee in other months.)
  •    Kada Beach (加太海水浴場) (15 minutes by foot from Nankai Kada Station),  +81-73-459-0003. Car par / 1,000 places(from ¥500 per day) Seaside houses /1 ■Length of beach: 250m / sea is 10m from sand dunes with 3m in depth ■Barbecues ○(Notify the Management Secretariat)
  •    Namihaya Beach (浪早ビーチ) (Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station, 15 minutes by foot fromTanouraguchi bus stop.),  +81-73-447-0327. Selected by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the "best water areas". Car par / 92 places(from ¥610 per day) (kiosks) 1 kiosk area ■Length of beach: 200m / 4m in the deepest places ■Barbecues ○(Notify the Local Fishery Cooperative's Women's Group. TEL: 080-6146-3254) ■Geared towards families with small children
  •    Hama no Miya Beach (浜の宮ビーチ) (Bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station / JR Wakayama Station, get off at Hama no Miya Kaisuiyokujo-mae bus stop.),  In July / August, contact Hama no Miya Beach Management Office(TEL +81-73-445-5233). Car par / 350 places(from ¥1,000 per day) Seaside houses /1 ■Length of beach: 300m / sea is 100m from sand dunes with 1.5m in depth ■Barbecues × ■Wind Surfing○ (outside of swimming areas) ■Wind surfing○ (outside of swimming areas) ■A stylish beach near to Marina City

Smartball[edit]

It is like Pinball.

  •    Smartball New hope (スマートボール ニューホープ), 27 Shinsaikayacho +81-73-431-5689. 10:00 - 22:00. ¥100 -.

Pachinko / Pachislo[edit]

Keirin[edit]

It is Gambling that is a form of motor-paced cycle racing in which track cyclists sprint for victory following a speed-controlled start behind a motorized or non-motorized pacer.

Work[edit]

Wakayama features the standard array of English teaching opportunities, with branches of major eikaiwa like Geos, AEON and ECC as well as small, niche language schools. The Wakayama International Exchange Center (see Connect) is a good place to make inquiries.

Buy[edit]

Wakayama specialises in Mikan (oranges) and various other regionally-known products. There is a small gift shop adjacent to Wakayama castle, but little else. Wakayama has one main department store, Kintetsu, which is relatively expensive. Other than that, the best place to do any shopping is in Burakuricho, which has a DonKehote shop.

Eat[edit]

The Yakkinikku shop near JR station, Karibicho, is very good, and the family set meal is reasonably priced.

Tai (Red sea Bream)[edit]

There are three famous red sea bream area in Japan, Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture, Naruto in in Tokushima Prefecture and Kada in Wakayama Prefecture. Kada red sea bream are each is delicious served grilled, stewed in a hot pot, and fresh sashimi. Famous cuisine in Wakayama is Tai Meshi and Sudume Sushi. Tai meshi is red sea bream on rice with an earthen pot. The rice is very delicious by bream soup stock. Sudume Sushi is small red sea bream sushi.

Shirasu (Young Sardines)[edit]

Shirasu caught in Wakaura Bay. They are most plentful in the spring and fall. The fall catch is especoally firm and succuient. Famous cuisine in Wakayama is Shirasu Donburi. Shirasu Donburi is Young sardunes bowl. It is eaten with grated japanese radish over rice.

Ashiaka-ebi (Red-Legged Shrimp)[edit]

Red-legged shrimp are caught at the Saikazaki and Tanoura fishing ports from the middle of October until May. Fall is the best time of the year for AShiake-ebi shrimp. they taste especially sweet from November to the end of January. They are served grilled, boilled,fresh sashimi and Tempura.

Wakayama Ramen[edit]

Wakayama Ramen
  •    Ide Shoten (井出商店), 4-84 Tanakamachi +81-73-424-1689. 11:30 ~ 23:30. ¥1000.
  •    Ramen Marui (マルイ), 2323Nakanoshima +81-73-427-2662. 19:00 ~ 3:00. ¥1000.
    •    Ramen Marui (Junibancho) (マルイ 十二番丁), Le Chateau Junibancho 1F ,87 Junibancho +81-73-425-6678. 11:00 ~ 21:00(Last order 20:45). ¥1000.
  •    Ryuotei (龍王亭), 4-82 Misonocho +81-73-431-2086. 11:30 ~ 15:00、17:00 ~ 23:00. ¥1000.
  •    Menya Hishio (麺屋ひしお), 45 Bokuhanmachi +81-73-423-6330. 11:00 ~ 14:30 17:30 ~ 25:00. ¥1000.
  •    Arochi Marutaka Chukasoba (アロチ丸高), 2-50 Tomodacho +81-73-432-3313. 17:30 ~ 3:30. ¥1000.
  •    Yamatame Shokudo (山為食堂), 12 Fukumachi +81-73-422-9113. 11:00 - 17:00. ¥1000.
  •    Kyobashi Kotaro (京橋 幸太郎), Sankei Kyobashi building B1, 1-1 Honmachi +81-73-432-9399. Mon-Fri 11:00 ~ 14:30、 17:30 ~ 23:00 Sat-Sun 11:00 ~ 23:00. ¥1000.
  •    Marukyo Chukasoba (◯京), 120 Saikamachi +81-73-423-5754. 11:00 ~ 14:00 / 16:00 ~ 21:00. ¥1000.

Ginpei Modern Japanese Fish Cuisine[edit]

Fresh fish in Wakayama and Tai-meshi. Tai-meshi is red sea Bream and rice.

  •    Ginpei Honten (銀平 本店), 22 juichibancho +81-73-432-3087. 11:30~15:00(L.O.14:00) 17:00~23:00(L.O.22:00). Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
    •    Ginpei Wakayamaekimaeten (銀平 和歌山駅前店), Hatanaka Bld, 4-88 Tomodacho +81-73-432-3633. 11:30~14:00(L.O.14:00) 17:00~23:00(L.O.22:00). Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Rokkon (ろっこん), 4-87 Misonocho +81-73-433-6001. 11:30~14:30 14:00LO 17:00~23:00 22:00LO. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥5000-¥6000.
  •    Ginpei Sannenzaka (銀平 三年坂), Dainisugigoto Bld 1F, 71 Saikayamachihigashinocho +81-73-423-1090. ¥4000-¥5000.
  •    Ginpei Takumi (銀平 匠), 3 Minamimigiwacho +81-73-431-6387. 17:00~23:00. ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Sakanaryouri Gin (魚料理 ぎん), 5-20 Tomodacho +81-73-424-8355. 11:30~14:00 17:00~22:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Ginpei Yoshidaten (銀平 吉田店), 548 Yoshida +81-73-436-3085. 11:00~14:00 17:00~22:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥3000-¥4000.
  •    Sakanaryouri Nakamura (魚料理中村), 134-2 Kuinose +81-73-474-5058.
  •    Wakisho (魚心わきしょ), 66 Nintomecho +81-73-433-6863. ¥4000-¥5000.
  •    Uogen (魚菜家 魚玄), 32 Yoriaicho +81-73-428-0050. Lunch ¥1000 Dinner ¥4000-¥5000.

Japanese Cuisine[edit]

  •    Aoi Saryo (あおい茶寮), 38 Tanimachi Wakayama City +81-73-427-3555. 11:00 - 14:00 (last order 13:00), 17:00 - 22:00 (last order 21:00). Lunch ¥2000-¥3000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Ganko Wakayama Rokusanen (がんこ和歌山六三園), 1-3-22 Horidome nishi Wakayama City +81-73-422-7163. 11:00 ~22:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥5000-¥6000.
  •    Agura honten (安愚楽本店), 2banchi saigayacho +81-73-431-3585. AM11:00〜PM10:00. Lunch ¥5000-¥6000 Dinner ¥15000-¥20000.
    •    Agura Tokyu Inn (安愚楽 東急イン店), Tokyu Inn,18 Minamimigiwacho +81-73-432-5356. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 DInner ¥10000-¥15000.
  •    Shikisai MIZUKI (四季彩 MIZUKI), Daiwa Roynet Hotel Wakayama 3F, 26-1, Shichibancho +81-73-435-1819. 11:00~14:00 17:00~22:30. In front of Wakayama Castle! Lunch ¥2000-¥2999 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Shikinoaji Chihiro (四季の味ちひろ), 801 Yoshida +81-73-431-3939. 11:30~14:40 17:00~23:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Osakaya (加太淡嶋温泉 大阪屋ひいなの湯), 142 Kada +81-73-459-1151. 11:00~13:30(L.O.13:00). ¥1000-¥2000.

French Cuisine[edit]

  •    Hotel de YoshinoWakayama big ai 12F 2-1-2 tebira +81-73-422-0001. 11:30~14:00 (Last Order) 17:30~21:00 (Last Order). Tateru Yoshino's French cuisine restaurant. Stella Maris, chef Yoshino's Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris, earned its stellar reputation based on high-level French cooking (with subtle Japanese influences) and excellent game dishes. Lunch ¥10000-¥14000 Dinner ¥15000-¥20000.

Italian Cuisine[edit]

  •    Trattoria i BolognaWajima jubancho Bld 5F, 19 Jubancho +81-73-422-8228. 12:00 - 14:00(OS) 18:00 - 20:00. Lunch ¥4000-¥5000 Dinner ¥8000-¥9000.
  •    Villa Aida71-5 Kawajiri Iwade-shi +81-736-63-2227. 11:30~14:00 18:00~21:00. Lunch ¥4000-¥5000 Dinner ¥10000-¥15000.
  •    La CostaKomura Bld 1F, 3-1-65 Fukiage +81-73-436-1167. 11:30~14:00 17:30~22:00. Lunch ¥2000-¥3000 Dinner ¥5000-¥6000.
  •    Pizzeria Via Sette76-106 Kinomoto +81-73-419-0973. 11:00~14:30 17:30~21:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥2000-¥3000.
  •    Caro E CaraWakayama Marina City Hotel, 1517 kemi +81-73-448-1119. 11:00~14:30 17:30~21:30. Lunch ¥3000-¥4000 Dinner ¥4000-¥5000.
  •    Il Passo4-3 ohtani +81-73-453-2111. Weekday 11:00~14:30 18:00~22:00 Weekend 11:30~15:00 18:00~22:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥2000-¥3000.
  •    Agata6-5-3 chikkou +81-73-422-5958. 11:30~15:00(L.O.14:00) 18:00~21:00(L.O). Lunch ¥2000-¥3000 Dinner ¥4000-¥5000.
  •    Pizzeria Sobo5-7-70 shioya +81-73-447-3888. 11:30~15:00 OS14:00 18:00~23:00 OS22:00. Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥3000-¥4000.
  •    Il TeatoroAuvrey Bld 1F, 830 Yoshida +81-73-433-7511. 11:30~14:00(LO) 18:00~22:00(LO). Lunch ¥1000-¥2000 Dinner ¥6000-¥8000.
  •    Karabina (からびな), 1-4-10 Wakauraminami +81-73-447-1932. Lunch 11:00~14:30(L.O.) Tea 14:30〜17:00 Dinner 17:00〜21:30(L.O.21:00). Japanese Italian. ¥1000 - ¥2000.

Diner[edit]

Drink[edit]

There are some atmospheric izakayas here but nothing special. Arochi has the token seedy area, which has a lot of hostess bars and other expensive vices.

Sleep[edit]

There are a few small hotels in Wakayama, none of which are really used to dealing with tourists. The most easy to spot is the monstrous Daiwa Roynet, which towers above the city near Wakayama Castle. Nearby, in Burakuricho, there is a new business hotel, and there is the Granvia hotel, a rather exclusive and expensive hotel near JR station.

Budget[edit]

Wakayama City Central Area[edit]

  •    Business Hotel Katsuya (ビジネスホテル かつや), 3-12,Tomodacho (5 minutes by foot from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-422-0063, e-mail: . Single room (including breakfast) ¥6,615〜 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥6,615〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥6,615〜 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Daiichi Fuji Hotel (ワカヤマ第1冨士ホテル), 5,Motobakuromachi (2 minutes by foot from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-431-3351. Single room ¥5,500 (per person) Two person room (Two single beds) ¥11,445 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Daini Fuji Hotel (ワカヤマ第2冨士ホテル), 1-20,Minatokonyamachi (3 minutes by foot from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-431-3352. Single room ¥5,700~ Two person room (Two single beds) ¥11,445〜.
  •    Hotel Granvia Wakayama (ホテルグランヴィア和歌山), 5-18,Tomodacho (Right beside JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-425-3333. Single room ¥11,319〜 (per person) Two person room (Two single beds) ¥10,106〜 (per person).
  •    Hotel Avalorm Kino-kuni (ホテル アバローム紀の国), 2-1-2,Minatotorichokita (Approx. 10 minutes by car from JR Wakayama Station. Approx. 5 minutes by car from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station. Approx. 3 minutes walk from the "Wakayama Prefectural Government" bus stop.),  +81-73-436-1200. Single room (including breakfast) ¥9,380 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥8,855 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥8,855 (per person).
  •    Hotel Landmark Wakayama (ホテルランドマーク和歌山), 10th and 11th floors of Wakayama Big Ai,2-1-2,Tebira, (5 minutes by bus or taxi and 15 minutes by foot from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-422-1200. Single room (including breakfast) ¥7,980 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥13,755 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥10,185 (per person).
  •    Daiwa Roynet Hotel Wakayama (ダイワロイネットホテル和歌山), 26-1,Shichibancho (5 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-435-0055. Sigle room (including breakfast) ¥9,000〜 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥8,000〜 (per person).
  •    BK Weekly Mansion & Hotel (BKウィークリーマンション&ホテル), 17-2,Yanagicho (5 minutes by foot from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-423-3020. Single room (accommodation only) ¥3,980〜 (per person) Japanese-style + Western-style room(Loft) (accommodation only) ¥4,500〜 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Urban Hotel (和歌山アーバンホテル), 1-2-17,Kuroda (2 minutes by foot from JR Wakayama Station East Exit.),  +81-73-475-1088. Single room (including breakfast) ¥5,800〜 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥7,500〜 (per person).
  •    Sun Hotel Wakayama (サンホテル和歌山), 4-75,Tomodacho (3 minutes by foot from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-421-5911. Single room (including breakfast) ¥6,000 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥12,500 (per person).
  •    Hanayama Onsen Yakushi no Yu (花山温泉 薬師の湯), 574,Narukami (10 minutes by taxi from JR Wakayama Station.),  +81-73-471-3277. Japanese-style room ¥6,300 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥7,875 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Green Hotel (和歌山グリーンホテル), 38 Shinsaikamachi (5 minutes by car from JR Wakayama and Nankai Wakayama-shi station),  +81-73-432-3838. Sigle room (accommodation only) ¥3,500〜 (per person) Two person room (accommodation only) ¥3,000〜 (per person) Triple, accommodation only ¥2,500〜 (per person).
  •    Toyoko Inn JR Wakayama Station East Entrance (東横イン JR和歌山駅東口), 2-1-7 Kuroda (4 mins walk from the East Entrance of JR Wakayama Station),  +81-73-476-1045. Sigle room (1 night with breakfast) ¥4,800〜 (per person) Two person room (1 night with breakfast) ¥3,490〜 (per person) Deluxe twin room (1 night with breakfast) ¥4,750〜 (per person) Double room (1 night with breakfast) ¥2,750〜 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Tokyu Inn (和歌山東急イン), 18 Minamimigiwacho (10 minutes walk from Wakayama-shi Station, 5 minutes by car from JR Wakayama Station),  +81-73-432-0109. Sigle room (accommodation only) ¥7,400〜 (per person) Two person room (accommodation only) ¥5,500〜 (per person) Sigle room (1 night with breakfast) ¥8,240〜 (per person) Two person room (1 night with breakfast) ¥6,340〜 (per person) Meals only: Breakfast ¥840.
  •    Dormy Inn PREMIUM Wakayama (ドーミーインPREMIUM和歌山), 3-36 Misonocho (About 5 min walk from JR Wakayama station. About 20 min by car from Wakayama Interchange.),  +81-73-402-5489, e-mail: . Sigle room (accommodation only) ¥6,000〜 (per person) Two person room (accommodation only) ¥6,000〜 (per person) Sigle room (1 night with breakfast) ¥7,500〜 (per person) Two person room (1 night with breakfast) ¥7,500〜 (per person).
  •    APA Hotel Wakayama (アパホテル和歌山), 2-36-1, Honmachi (Train For ten minutes, it is a 10-minute walk on foot from south seas Railway Corporation "Wakayama-shi" station by bus from JR "Wakayama" station through northern part of a castle street Bus From JR "Wakayama" station center exit No.3 bus stop, ride on a bus for "Wakayama bus 0 system Nankai Wakayama-shi Station", get off at "Honmachi 2-chome" and soon),  +81-73-431-7111. Single ¥10,000- Semi-double ¥14,000- Double ¥18,000- Twin ¥22,000- Deluxe twin ¥30,000- Single (premium specifications) ¥12,000- Double (premium specifications) ¥20,000- Twin (premium specifications) ¥24,000-.

Kimii-dera / Wakanoura Area[edit]

  •    Wakanoura Kimuraya Ryokan (紀州和歌の浦 木村屋), 2-2,Shinwakaura (35 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station or Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-444-0155. Japanese-style room ¥6,300 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥7,350 (per person) Breakfast ¥800 Lunch ¥1,575 / ¥2,625 Dinner ¥4,200.
  •    Shin-waka Lodge (新和歌ロッジ), 2-3,Shinwakaura (35 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station or Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-444-9000. Two person room (including breakfast) (Weekday) ¥5,000〜 (per person) Japanese-style rooms (including breakfast and dinner) (Weekday) ¥5,000〜 (per person) *in the case of 1 person per room +¥1,000.
  •    Wakanoura Onsen Manpa Resort (和歌の浦温泉 萬波 Manpa Resort), 2-10,Shinwakaura (Approx. 40 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station. Approx. 30 minutes by bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-444-1161. Japanese-style room ¥7,350〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥8,400〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥11,500〜 (per person).
  •    Seichoen (静潮苑 せいちょうえん), 369,Tano (30 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station or Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-444-1528. Japanese-style rooms room ¥6,300〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥7,350〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥10,500〜 (per person) Lunch ¥3,675 Dinner ¥5,250.
  •    Isaribi-no-Yado Seaside Kancho (漁火の宿 シーサイド観潮), 82,Tano (45 minutes by bus from JR Wakayama Station. 30 minutes by bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.),  +81-73-444-0111. Japanese-style room ¥6,800〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥7,350〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥12,600〜 (per person) Dinner ¥4,200〜.
  •    Shichiyouen (七洋園), 416,Saikazaki (40 minutes by bus, 23 minutes by taxi from JR Wakayama Station. 30 minutes by bus, 20 minutes by taxi from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station. 30 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange.),  +81-73-444-1181. Japanese-style rooms ¥5,050〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥6,050〜 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥8,500〜 (per person).
  •    Wakayama Marina City Hotel (和歌山マリーナシティホテル), 1517,Kemi, (Approx. 15 minutes by bus from JR Kainan Station. Approx. 30 minutes by bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi Station.), e-mail: . Two person room (including breakfast) ¥10,000〜 (per person).
  •    Kimiidera Onsen Hana no Yu Garden Hotel Hayashi (紀三井寺温泉 花の湯 ガーデンホテルはやし), 673,Kimiidera (5 minutes by foot from JR Kinokuni Line Kimiidera Station. Approx. 20 minutes from Hanwa Expressway Wakayama Interchange. 10 minutes from Kainann Interchange.),  +81-73-444-1004. Single room (including breakfast) ¥6,090 (per person) Two person room (including breakfast) ¥5,565 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥5,565 (per person).

Kada Area[edit]

Situated in the north of Wakayama City, there are 8 hotels in the vicinity of Tomogashima and Awashima-jinja Shrine. This area is suitable for those who seek fish cuisine or who wish to go fishing. Within 50 minutes by car from the station.

  •    Osakaya Hiina no Yu (大阪屋ひいなの湯), 142,Kada (Minibus from Nankai-Kada Line Kada Station.),  +81-73-459-1151. We have opened a new dining room with a huge fish tank! Fully enjoy the beautiful Kaiseki Ryori (traditional Japanese meal brought in courses), delicate as well as bold. The menu changes every month. We are also proud of our natural onsen which is famous as a beauty bath. Japanese-style room ¥7,350 (per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥8,400 (per person) Breakfast ¥1,575 Lunch ¥1,575 Dinner ¥6,300.
  •    Wakayama Kada Onsen Kada Kaigetsu (和歌山加太温泉 加太海月), 1905,Kada (30 minutes by car from Nankai-wakayama-shi Station, 40 minutes by car from Wakayama Interchange),  +81-73-459-0015. An onsen hot spring hotel with a panoramic view of the Kitan Channel. Enjoy the beauty of the setting sun. Japanese-style room (accommodation only) ¥3,240〜(per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast) ¥8,640〜(per person) Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥8,100〜(per person) Lunch ¥2,160〜 Dinner ¥5,400〜.
  •    Kyukamura Kishu-kada (休暇村紀州加太), 483,Miyama (Minibus from Nankai-Kada Line Kada Station.),  +81-73-459-0321. This Kyukamura is built on the top of a mountain, 100 metres above sea level and looks out on the ancient fishing port of Kada. We are proud of our Longtooth Grouper Fish cuisine. Japanese-style room (including breakfast and dinner) ¥8,700 (per person).

Connect[edit]

  •    TIC WAKAYAMA (TIC和歌山), 2F Daiwa Roynet Hotel Wakayama 26-1 Shichiban-cho, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama (Arriving by train ・From JR Wakayama Station Immediately prefecture-Wakanoura direction to go Koenmae bus stop and get off from Stop # 2 ・From Nankai Wakayama Station Immediately JR Wakayama Station Kyobashi bus stop Koenmae bus stop and get off from stop No. 8 Or a 15-minute walk from Nankai "Wakayama Station"),  +81-73-422-0048. 10:00〜19:00 Open 365 Days.
  •    Wakayama International Exchange Center (和歌山県国際交流センター), Wakayama Big Ai Bldg. 8F 2-1-2 Tebira, Wakayama City 640-8319 (【From JR Wakayama station】 ○20 minutes on foot ○5 minutes by bus #1 Platform Via Shintebira, bound for Kainan, Marina City, Wakayama Medical University (Except for Narutaki housing development) ※#4 Stop「Kitadejima」 【From JR Miyamae Station】 ○12 minutes on foot 【From JR Miyamae Station】 ○28 minutes by bus #8 Platform Via JR Wakayama station Shintebira, bound for Kainan, Marina City #6 Platform Via Kaigara-cho JR Wakayama station, bound for Wakayama Medical University ※Stop「Kitadejima」),  +81-73-435-5240, e-mail: . Opening: from 10:00 AM to 18:30 PM (Friday is open until 21:00) Closed: on Wednesdays and Holidays, from December 29th to January 3rd.
  •    Nankai Wakayama-shi station Tourist Infomation (Exit the main ticket gate of the Nankai Wakayama-shi station, go to the bottom of the stairs),  +81-73-422-5091. 8:30 - 17:00. Wakayama City Tourist Information Center Provieds Wakayama City Tourist maps and gide books.It is avaiavle in English, traditional/simplifed Chinese and korean.
  •    JR Wakayama station Tourist Infomation (Exit the main ticket gate of the JR Wakayama station.),  +81-73-422-5831. mon~sat 8:30~19:00 sun,holiday 8:30~17:15. Wakayama City Tourist Information Center Provieds Wakayama City Tourist maps and gide books.It is avaiavle in English, traditional/simplifed Chinese and korean.
  •    Wakayama City Tourist Infomation (Take a bus from Nankai Wakayama-shi station or JR Wakayama station,then get off at "Shiyakusho-mae". That is in front of Wakayama Castle.),  +81-73-435-1185. 8:30~17:15. Bicycle rental Bicycle:¥100/Electric bicycle:¥500. Wakayama City Tourist Information Center Provieds Wakayama City Tourist maps and gide books.It is avaiavle in English, traditional/simplifed Chinese and korean.

By net[edit]

By Mail[edit]

Go next[edit]

Perhaps one of the best features of Wakayama is that it is well connected, and provides good access to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and so on without being on top of them. Wakayama is a smaller city which seemingly makes little effort to embrace tourism, so is a good example of a "normal" Japanese place untouched by the demons of tourism.

The South of Wakayama prefecture is one of Japan's playgrounds, and its well known resort of Shirahama is busy during the summer season. Mount Koya, the atmospheric and picturesque mountain an hour from Wakayama, is a little-known (by tourists) gem.

Routes through Wakayama
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