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Castle Town, Wakayama City

Wakayama Castle
Wakayama Castle

The Largest City in Wakayama

Wakayama’s largest city, just 30 minutes from Kansai International Airport, is located in the north of the prefecture and borders Osaka. Smaller and more laid-back than its neighbour, Wakayama City boasts pleasant beaches, beautiful natural scenery and a rich cultural heritage.

Wakayama Castle was built in 1585 under the command of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In the Edo period it flourished as an important base for the Tokugawa Clan, which turned out numbers of generals. Now it serves as a symbol of Wakayama City, and its tower offers great views of the whole town. With approximately 600 famous cherry blossom trees, the castle is also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.

Shopping Spot

Kuroshio Market
Kuroshio Market

Kuroshio Market is situated in Marina City, where tuna cutting shows are held three times a day. Watch in awe as a giant tuna is skillfully cut right in front of your eyes! Kuroshio Market is also home to many fresh seafood restaurants and souvenir shops with a wide selection of local products.

A Beautiful Garden

Bandoko Teien Garden
Bandoko Teien Garden

Bandoko Teien Garden sits atop a steep cliff jutting into Wakaura Bay, offering spectacular views of the sea. On clear days, you can see Awaji Island and even distant Shikoku across the Kii Channel. Its spacious lawn and ocean backdrop provide the perfect setting for a family outing or large event.

A Wakayama Original

Wakayama Ramen
Wakayama Ramen

Wakayama Ramen – though locals refer to it as Chinese noodles (chuka-soba) – has garnered nationwide fame. This soupy delight gets its signature taste from a rich, pork broth flavored with none other than a Wakayama original in Japan - soy sauce!

A treasure trove of superb views

Wakaura Bay
Wakaura Bay

The area around Wakaura Bay has long been a source of inspiration for writers and poets. The entertainment complex Wakayama Marina City is on the edge of the bay.

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