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JR/Nankai Electric Railway

Wakayama Sta.
Wakayamashi Sta.
  • Take a fixed-route bus for approx. 10 min. from Wakayama Sta.
  • Walk approx. 10 min. from Wakayamashi Sta.
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Wakayama-jo CastleLength of Visit: Approx. 90 min.

 

Wakayama-jo Castle

Kishu Tokugawa Family installed Yorinobu (10th son of Ieyasu) in the castle (worth 555,000 koku of rice) as feudal lord. The family would later be called one of the three houses of Tokugawa, along with two other families in Owari and Mito. Approximately 100 years after unification of the nation, the 5th lord of the Kishu Domain, Yoshimune took action to maintain peace.

Wakayama-jo Castle is one of the top 100 castles in Japan and is known for its beautiful white castle tower. The castle tower is a museum that introduces the castle and the history of Wakayama City together with items and documents associated with them.

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Walk approx. 10 min. from Wakayama-jo Castle

Hongan-ji Temple, Saginomori-betsuin Branch Temple
(Length of Visit: Approx. 20 min.)

 
Hongan-ji Temple, Saginomori-betsuin Branch Temple

This is a branch temple of Hongan-ji Temple of the Jodo Shinshu sect opened in 1476. It is said that in the Sengoku period, this area was the base for Saika-shu and received devoted support and reverence. It serves as the setting for the major spring event, the Magoichi Festival.

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Fixed-route bus

Wakayama City (lunch)

Fixed-route bus

Wakayama Sta.

Approx. 25 min. via JR Kinokuni Line

Shimotsu Sta.

Walk approx. 25 min.

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Choho-ji Temple

 
Choho-ji Temple

This temple is said to have been built by Emperor Ichijo in the year 1000. It became a family temple for the Kishu Tokugawa Family in the Edo period and is the resting place for successive generations of feudal lords, excluding the 5th lord of the Kishu Domain, Yoshimune who became a general, and the 13th feudal lord, Yoshitomi. Hondo Hall (main hall), the two-storied pagoda, and Daimon Gate are designated national treasures.
Location: 689 Shimotsuchokami, Kainan-shi
TEL: 073-492-1030

Walk approx. 25 min.

Shimotsu Sta.

Approx. 20 min. via JR Kinokuni Line

Kimiidera Sta.

Walk approx. 10 min.

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Kimii-dera Temple, no. 2 of Saigoku Pilgrimage Sites(Length of Visit: Approx. 40 min.)

 
Kimii-dera Temple

This temple was opened more than 1240 years ago and began when Iko Shonin, a Chinese priest, enshrined a statue of the Goddess of Mercy that he carved himself.
It is known nationwide as no. 2 of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage Sites. Its official name is Kimiisan Kongoho-ji Gokoku-in, and is called Kimii-ji Temple because there are three miraculous springs on the mountain.
Location: 1201 Kimiidera, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-444-1002

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From Kimii-dera Temple, take a fixed-route bus for approx. 15 min.; get off at “Gongen-mae”

Kishu Toshogu Shrine(Length of Visit: Approx. 40 min.)

 
Kishu Toshogu Shrine

This shrine was built in 1621 by the first feudal lord of Kishu, Yorinobu. The gongen-zukuri style of buildings feature skillful carvings throughout, including carvings by Jingoro Hidari and murals by Tanyu Kano. It is also called the Nikko of Kansai.

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  • Take a fixed-route bus for approx. 40 min. to Wakayama Sta.
  • Take a fixed-route bus for 30 min. to Wakayamashi Sta.
Wakayama Sta.
Wakayamashi Sta.

JR/Nankai Electric Railway

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