9 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

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9 days in Wakayama Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Koya-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Wakayama
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Tanabe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Nachikatsura-cho
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

1
night
Koya-cho

Koya-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Koyasan Daimon and then don't miss a visit to Koyasan Danjo Garan. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Koyasan Reihokan Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kongobu-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Koya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koyasan Okunoin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saito.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koya-cho journey planner.

Tokyo to Koya-cho is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Koya-cho are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Wakayama.

Things to do in Koya-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mt. Koya ©
Mt. Koya
Kongobu-ji Temple ©
Kongobu-ji Temple
Koyasan Daimon ©
Koyasan Daimon

2
nights
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 7th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Wakayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Momijidani Garden, contemplate the long history of Site of Miyama Batttery, then head off the coast to Tomogashima Island, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Wakaura Tenmangu. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kuroshio Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kimiidera Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takeuchi Shrine, then make a trip to Tama Museum Kishi Station, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Negoro-ji Temple Daimon.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Wakayama trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Koya-cho to Wakayama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Wakayama can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tanabe.

Things to do in Wakayama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yakushiin Zenrinji Temple, Negoro-ji Temple Daimon, Tama Museum Kishi Station
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Wakayama Castle ©
Wakayama Castle
Kimiidera Temple ©
Kimiidera Temple
Tomogashima Island ©
Tomogashima Island

3
nights
Tanabe

Tanabe ©
Considered a holy space where the gods once lived, the city of Tanabe teems with spiritual, cultural, and natural beauty.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tanabe: Shirahama-cho (Shirarahama Beach, Minakata Kumagusu Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Adventure World, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and make a trip to Oyunohara - Original Kumano Hongu Taisha Site.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tanabe travel site .

Traveling by train from Wakayama to Tanabe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Tanabe, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Nachikatsura-cho.

Things to do in Tanabe

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Nachikatsura-cho

Nachikatsura-cho ©
The town of Nachikatsuura-cho wows visitors with its superlative landscape and impressive cultural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seigantoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Nachi Taisha, then take in the dramatic scenery at Nachi Mitaki Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hirou Shrine, and finally make a trip to Daimonzaka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamikura Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and then make a trip to Hashigui Rock.

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

Traveling by car from Tanabe to Nachikatsura-cho takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Nachikatsura-cho, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Nachikatsura-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shingu, Hashigui Rock
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Nachi Mitaki Falls ©
Nachi Mitaki Falls
Kumano Nachi Taisha ©
Kumano Nachi Taisha
Hashigui Rock ©
Hashigui Rock