Wakayama Prefecture

Dubbed Japan’s spiritual heartland, Wakayama welcomes weary travelers looking to recharge their spiritual batteries and connect with nature like never before.   

Walk in the footsteps of past pilgrims like samurais, emperors, and monks along the Kumano Kodo, one of only two UNESCO registered pilgrimage routes in the world, and stay at a temple accommodation on the Koyasan mountaintop complex. For a change of pace, travel towards southeast to Katsuura Bay for all things tuna and seafood! 
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  • Koyasan
    As the centre of Shingon Buddhism, Koyasan houses more than 100 temples for travelers to soak in the mountain's 1,200 years history. For the full experience, spend the night at temple lodgings called "shukubo" to partake in spiritual practices like meditation; as well as trying the local Buddhist cuisine ("shojin ryori") which uses only vegetables and wild plants.

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  • Katsuura
    With more Pacific Bluefin tuna landing here than anywhere else in the world, this is your chance to witness one of the famous live tuna auctions at the Katsuura Fish Market. It's also worthwhile to take a boat tour out to see the rocky islets around the bay for their uncanny resemblance to various animals!

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  • Tuna in Wakayama
    Tuna is the main star of the Kuroshio Market, amongst other freshly-caught seafood. Catch the live tuna-cutting demonstrations by expert fishmongers at night. If you're lucky, you might even get a chance to taste or purchase rare tuna!

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