7 days in Wakayama Prefecture & Kumano Itinerary

7 days in Wakayama Prefecture & Kumano Itinerary

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7 days in Wakayama Prefecture & Kumano Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kumano
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Nachikatsura-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Tanabe
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Wakayama
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
End: Sanda

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night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Koyasan Okunoin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Koya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, then steep yourself in history at Koyasan Danjo Garan, and finally steep yourself in history at Koyasan Daimon.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Koya-cho travel route builder .

Osaka to Koya-cho is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. In November, daily temperatures in Koya-cho can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kumano.

Things to do in Koya-cho

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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon

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Kumano

Kumano ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): go for a walk through Matsumoto Toge, don't miss a visit to Maruyama Senmai Rice Field, then don't miss a visit to Shishiiwa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanano Iwaya Caves, and finally don't miss a visit to Onigajo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kumano itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Koya-cho to Kumano in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Kumano

Historic Sites
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Onigajo ©
Onigajo

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night
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hirou Shrine, admire the sheer force of Nachi Mitaki Falls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seigantoji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nachikatsura-cho trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Kumano to Nachikatsura-cho in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tanabe.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Seigantoji Temple ©
Seigantoji Temple

3
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
Explore Tanabe's surroundings by going to Shirahama-cho (Shirarahama Beach, Senjojiki, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Adventure World, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take in panoramic vistas at Kumano Observation Deck, and look for gifts at Toretore Market.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tanabe trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Nachikatsura-cho to Tanabe in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November in Tanabe, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Wakayama.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Shirahama-cho
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Adventure World ©
Adventure World
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine
Senjojiki
Senjojiki

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Wakayama

Wakayama ©
Split into two parts by the Kinokawa River, the city of Wakayama stands nestled in the eponymous plain, overlooked by a historic hilltop castle that was rebuilt after World War II.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuroshio Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Momijidani Garden, then get great views at Cape Saikazaki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Awashima Shrine.

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You can take a train from Tanabe to Wakayama in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Kuroshio Market ©
Kuroshio Market