10 Things to Do in Wakayama That You Shouldn't Miss

December 27, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best top things to do in Wakayama, Japan including Wakayama Dentetsu, Kimiidera Temple, Tomogashima Island, Wakayama Castle, Awashima Shrine, Kinokawa Service Area, Momijidani Garden, Kishu Toshogu Shrine, Wakaura Tenmangu, Kuroshio Market.
Restaurants in Wakayama

1. Wakayama Dentetsu

Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-478-0110
Excellent
52%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Wakayama Dentetsu

Reviewed By GAIDA2014 - Tokyo, Japan

1.Cat station master is day off on Wednesday & Thursday
2.4 types of Train car "Tama(Cat)","Strawberry","Toy","Plum Star"
3.Check out which train you can ride by the timetable
4.Buy 1 day ticket.Cheaper than return ticket.
You can get off at any station and ride again any times.
5.Many spots to see along the railway.Look at the guide map.
6.Possible to take a picture of the cat from the souvenir shop side.
7.Building of Kishi Station itself has been designed as a CAT.
Enjoy!!

2. Kimiidera Temple

1201 Kimiidera, Wakayama 641-0012, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-444-1002
Excellent
34%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

Kimiidera Temple

Reviewed By zoomba - Shanghai, China

A little out of the way at kimiidera but a must visit when in Wakayama. The shrines are beautiful and mostly not crowded as it is a little of the beaten path of tourists. The month of April is the best time to visit to watch the Sakura bloom

3. Tomogashima Island

Kada, Wakayama 640-0103, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-451-9018
Excellent
39%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 103 reviews

Tomogashima Island

Reviewed By DanL917 - Tokyo, Japan

Because if you walk to all the attractions, it can take a while to find them all. Maps are provided and there are road signs, but it is still confusing. I would love to go back to this island with a mountain bike, and spend the better part of a day there. Also the ferry timetable is every two hours, so I found myself rushing around. If you get lost on the island, you will miss the next ferry back. It is best to spend at least four hours on this island, but I was able to see some of the major sites. There is also some old structures not mentioned on the tourist ads, but it's quite fascinating to see the ruins of this old fortress. When I visited in March it was quite cold and windy, so dress appropriately. Also quite surprising for Japan, there is NO food on the island, no gift shop, nothing! So bring snacks. You can get quite hungry with all the hiking. Although there is a hostel type accomodation which was closed when I visited. I think it's only open during the summer.

4. Wakayama Castle

3 Ichibancho, Wakayama 640-8146, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-422-8979
Excellent
23%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 535 reviews

Wakayama Castle

Reviewed By lisaselencer - China

The Wakayama castle is just located in the city center.I went to the castle on foot.Just 15 mins.The city is very small and quiet.The entry fee was just 400Yen.Took the stairs and reached the castle very easily.The castle actually looks like a museum.I did learn some history here about Japan.I went to the highest deck of the castle and took a bird's view for the whole city.That was wonderful even it was raining.There is a nice garden just near the castle.It is worthy your visiting.

5. Awashima Shrine

118 Kada, Wakayama 640-0103, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-459-0043
Excellent
21%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 107 reviews

Awashima Shrine

Reviewed By jajavalB - Bangkok

This jinja is by the sea with long scenic drive along coast from ang through Kansai airport. Its uniqueness is the collections of dolls in the shrine complexes with zoning: japanese costume boy and girl dolls, Tanuki( the raccoons), Gero ( frogs), white foxes, zodiac animals. There is local store selling local products , fresh from sea.

6. Kinokawa Service Area

Kitano, Wakayama 649-6331, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-462-0395
Excellent
10%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 86 reviews

Kinokawa Service Area

Reviewed By HKeater - Hong Kong

Big and very busy service area. The restaurants are full and you have to wait for a table. So consider buying some snacks and drinks instead. A good break nontheless and there is plenty to buy.

7. Momijidani Garden

3 Ichibancho | Wakayama Castle, Wakayama 640-8146, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-431-8648
Excellent
23%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 38 reviews

Momijidani Garden

Reviewed By Brooke B

We came on this beautiful garden in the grounds of the Wakayama Castle by chance and almost didn't go in, because the sign mentioned 460 yen.
Signposts nearby use the name "Nishinomaru Teien" instead of "Momijidani Teien".
Admission is free.
This garden has it all - a pond (really part of the castle's moat), a spring, Japanese maples, paths wandering up the hillside, a teahouse, big rocks and many turtles in the pond. High above is the castle, the borrowed scenery that extends the view of a traditional Japanese garden.
We were there on April 16, when a few cherry blossoms remained as well as bright azaleas among the green. Autumn would be another beautiful time to visit.
We've enjoyed Gardens all over Honshu, and this is a new favorite.

8. Kishu Toshogu Shrine

2-1-20 Wakaura Nishi, Wakayama 641-0024, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-444-0808
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Kishu Toshogu Shrine

Reviewed By ichiro298184 - Tokyo, Japan

Kishu Toshogu is a great shrine. It enshrines Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. This shrine containes very beautiful and complicated sculpture and very gorgeous. Also, it is covered by sacread forest.

9. Wakaura Tenmangu

2-1-24 Wakaura Nishi, Wakayama 641-0024, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-444-4769
Excellent
17%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Wakaura Tenmangu

Reviewed By DanL917 - Tokyo, Japan

I have never seen a temple with steep, crude stone stairs like this one. Midway up, you feel you could fall backwards. Magnificent view at the top. Another one of the underrated tourist attractions you will find in Wakayama City, just 45' by train from Kansai Airport.

10. Kuroshio Market

1527 Kemi, Wakayama 641-0014, Wakayama Prefecture +81 73-448-0008
Excellent
9%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
9%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 175 reviews

Kuroshio Market

50 minutes from Kansai International Airport (Osaka) by car. The largest number of tuna cutting shows in Japan. The fattiest part of tuna (Otoro) sushi is must-eat in this market. It's a kind of tourist seafood market. At the seaside BBQ area, you can grill & eat all the seafood purchased in Kuroshio Market. Some of the seafood can be prepared as Sashimi or steamed/boiled, free of charge.

Reviewed By Justin9127

We visited the fish market located inside the Marina City island in Wakayama. Free grills for trials are available for free in some of the particular restaurants / shops. The fish was really fresh and tasty. There are lots of different seafood related dry foods to purchase in the shops, and the foods were good too. Overall a very relaxing and nice experience in this fish market.

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