4 Special Food Souvenirs You Should Buy in Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture

Japan’s Wakayama Prefecture is home to many temples, shrines, and museums, especially known for Wakayama Castle that sits at the mouth of Kii River. Besides having a vast history, the prefecture is also popular for selling delicious local items and crafts. If you ever visit the place, don’t forget to bring home some of the…

Laugh your Heart Out at This Laughter Festival in Wakayama in October 2017!

They say laughter is the best medicine. In every country in the world, laughter and comedy are celebrated in different ways, and Japan is no exception. In Japan, people say that laughter is so powerful that it can cheer up the gods! The Warai Festival, held in the town of Hidakagawa in Wakayama Prefecture, is…

Dare to Walk Along 200,000 Tombstones? Head to Japan’s Largest Cemetery!

About 200,000 tombstones line the 2-kilometer long Okunoin Cemetery which can be found at Mt. Koya. It is known to be the largest cemetery in Japan. It entombs Kobo Daishi (Kukai), an influential Heian monk who’s most revered in the country’s religious history. But what makes this graveyard a popular pilgrimage spot? Let’s try to…

Learn the Story of Awashima Shrine and Its Plethora of Hina Dolls!

There are many Japanese superstitions about dolls which were believed to have souls and the power to influence people’s lives. A large number of these dolls are placed on the altar of Awashima Shrine, a shrine dedicated to women in Kada, Wakayama Prefecture. It is popular for “hina ningyo” dolls which are given to young…

Doro-kyo Gorge: A Scenic Hidden Treasure with Emerald Water in Wakayama

If you are looking for scenic places with fewer people, then head down to Wakayama prefecture, in the southern part of the Kansai region. A lot of beautiful hidden places can be found there. One of these hidden treasures is the scenic and secluded gorge named Doro-kyo. Author’s photo What is Doro-kyo? Author’s photo Doro-kyo…

Watch Things Heat Up at Wakayama’s Fire Festival!

Have you ever witnessed a fire festival in Japan? There are primarily three beautiful fire festivals in the country which the locals are very proud of. One of which is called “Nachi-no-Hi Matsuri” or Nachi Fire Festival. It is a sacred ritual done in Wakayama Prefecture on the 14th of July. The main objective is…

Kumano Sanzan: Japan’s Sacred Trail of Shrines

Kumano Sanzan consists of 3 grand shrines in Kumano area. It is one of the most popular spiritual areas in Japan, located in the southern part of Kii Peninsula, Wakayama Prefecture, about 100 km south of Osaka. The three grand shrines were the final destination of Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route used for over…

Temple Stay at Kongo Sanmai-in Temple: A Perfect Place to Relax

If you are interested in getting in touch with your spiritual side in Japan, why don’t you head to Koyasan in Wakayama where you can find the Kongo sanmai-in Temple. japan-experience.com/ It is a temple built in the year 1223 by a widow named Hojo Masako. She was said to be the most influential and…

Nitama – Japan’s Second Feline Station Master

Wakayama prefecture is located in Kansai region, Honshu. Wakayama Electric Railway Co. runs a service across Wakayama prefecture and back in 2006 it was really struggling. This resulted in many of it’s stations being destaffed, i.e. just ticket machines and no humans there to help. At Kishi Station Toshiki Koyama, who had taken over the…
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