WakayamaKoyasan (Mount Koya) is the heart and soul of Wakayama Prefecture. Koyasan is the birthplace of Shingon Buddhism, founded by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) in the year 885. The mountain is a spiritual place with over 100 temples that line the streets and surrounding areas. You can stay overnight in a temple here and experience the serenity of this profound site. In addition to its Zen history Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka, is the home of the Shirahama area. Shirahama boasts a huge beach and hot spring resort, amusement parks, hiking, and a rugged coastline with interesting rock formations and small islands dotting the horizon.
Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine (Oyunohara)
Kumano Hongu-taisha Shrine is part of the Kumano Sanzan, a UNESCO World Heritage, and has the largest Torii shrine gate in Japan.
Yunomine Onsen is a 1800-year old hot spring and one of its hot spring bath, "Tsuboyu", is part of the Kumano Sanzan UNESCO World Heritage site.
Wakayama Castle was built by Lord Toyotomi Hidenaga in 1585. It was the residence of the Kishu Tokugawa family, one of the three branches of the Tokugawa clan.
Koyasan Cable Car
From Gokurakubashi Station, the cable car takes visitors to Koyasan Station. The 5-minute ride costs 390 yen.
Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine
Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine is one of the 3 shrines composing the Kumano Sanzan, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
As its name suggests, this is a museum of modern art located near Wakayama castle in Wakayama prefecture. The museum contains various types of Japanese modern art pieces from the Meiji period to today, along with some foreign art pieces as well.
Hotel Ravie Kawaryo
Boasting 6 hot-spring baths and an indoor pool filled with hot-spring water, Hotel Ravie Kawaryo is a 5-minute walk to JR Ito Train Station. The Japanese rooms have futon beds.
Situated a 6-minute walk away from Ito Station, Yoshino offers a selection of 3 hot spring baths and free WiFi at the property lobby. Certain rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day.
Hase Ryokan is a simple Japanese-style inn only a 2-minute walk from JR Shingu Train Station. It offers Japanese rooms with free WiFi and a flat-screen TV, some with a private bathroom. Facilities include drinks vending machines a
Anda Bettei Izu Ippekiko
Situated in Ito in the Shizuoka Region, 2.3 km from Izu Shaboten Park, Anda Bettei Izu Ippekiko boasts a terrace and hot spring bath. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.
Boasting hot-spring baths with mountain views, a sauna and massage service, Seizan Yamato is a 10-minute drive from JR Ito Station, which can be reached in 25 minutes from JR Atami Station.
Buddha Guest House
A 5-minute walk from JR Kiitanabe Train Station, Buddha Guest House offers affordable dormitory-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Rental bicycles are provided for touring the area and guests can relax in the quiet garden.
Featuring private balconies overlooking the ocean, Village Izukogen offers 4-star condominium-style accommodation with home entertainment systems and free internet access. It has an indoor pool, spa and free private parking.