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Kainan (海南) is a city in Wakayama Prefecture.


This city has been famous for lacquerware (漆器 shikki) production, one of the National Treasures of Japan.


International ATMs with English menus are available at Seven-Eleven, which are open 24 hours and easy to find throughout the city.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Kainan can be accessed on the JR Hanwa Line

JR Kainan 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

Get around[edit]

Map of Kainan

By bus[edit]

Wakayama Bus (和歌山バス) is the local bus company in Kainan.


Kuroe sikki-cho
Chohoji Main Hall
Chohoji Pagoda
Chohoji Daimon
Chohoji Chinjudo
  • Kuroe sikki-chuo.
  • Chohoji (長保寺), 689 Kami Simotsu-Cho. A Buddhist temple, founded in 1000 CE. It is the Kishu Tokugawa family temple.
    • Chohoji Main Hall (長保寺 本堂). National Treasure of Japan. It was rebuilt in 1311. It is an East Asian-style hip-and-gable roof.
    • Chohoji Pagoda (長保寺 多宝塔). National Treasure of Japan. It was rebuilt in 1357.
    • Chohoji Daimon (長保寺 大門). National Treasure of Japan. It was rebuilt in 1388.
    • Chohoji Chinjudo (長保寺 鎮守堂). Important Cultural Property. It was rebuilt in the Kamakura period.
  • Zenpukuin (善福院).
    • Zenpukuin Shakadou (善福院 釈迦堂). National Treasure of Japan. It was rebuilt in 1327.
  • Fujishiro shine (藤白神社). This is starting point on Kumano Kodō.
  • Onzansouen (温山荘園). National Site of Scenic Beauty. It is a style of garden that features a path around a pond. Japanese Imperial family often came here.
  • Choukyutei (長久邸). It is a style of garden that features a path around a pond.
  • Heiwashuzou (平和酒造). a sake brewery.
  • Nateshuzouten (名手酒蔵店). a sake brewery
  • NakanoBC (中野BC). a sake brewery
  • TsuuhouShuzou (通宝酒造). a sake brewery
  • Suwan Edomura (すわん江戸村).
  • Wakayama prefectural museum of natural history (和歌山県立自然博物館).







Go next[edit]

Routes through Kainan
Wakayama  N JR Kisei icon.png S  Kii TanabeShirahamaKushimoto
Wakayama  N Hanwa Expwy Route Sign.svg E  Nanki Tanabe → in to Kisei Expwy Route Sign.svgNanki Shirahama
NaraYoshinoKōya  N Japanese National Route Sign 0370.svg S  END

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