Wakayama: Japan's Spiritual Heartland
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the mountain temples of Koyasan
From the Kumano Sanzan route to the
the mountain temples of Koyasan

Wakayama: Japan's Spiritual Heartland

From the Kumano Sanzan route to
the mountain temples of Koyasan

Welcome to Wakayama

Wakayama prefecture's sacred heartland stretches across the Kii peninsula in the southern Kansai region, connecting the Kumano Sanzan pilgrimage routes from the east to the spiritual Koyasan in the mountains of northern Wakayama. Recognised by UNESCO in 2004 for its 'Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range', Wakayama has much to offer visitors looking to get off the beaten path and explore Japan's heartland region.

Here we explore the best of both Koyasan and Kumano, as well some of other destinations stretching around Wakayama's expansive coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Visit Wakayama

Wakayama

A Spiritual Stay at Koyasan

Discover the beauty of Mount Koya

Wakayama

Niutsuhime-jinja Shrine & Jison-in Temple

Wakayama

Adventuring in Kumano

Wakayama

Yuasa and Kushimoto Town

Wakayama

The Sandy Shores of Shirahama

Wakayama in photos