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 sacred 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

A Spiritual Stay in Mount Koya
와카야마
문화

A Spiritual Stay in Mount Koya

Discover a new world in the spiritual center of Wakayama. Mount Koya offers a new perspective on the traditional world of Japan. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and step back into the world of spirits and mystery.

Róisín Finnerty
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Wakayama in photos