Watch their PR movie featuring the cute official character “Kakine” dancing and singing!
Wakayama Prefecture is the largest producer of persimmons in Japan. Official PR character “Kakine” introduces tasty persimmons of Wakayama Prefecture with a catchy song.
What kind of place is Wakayama Prefecture?
Wakayama Prefecture is located on Kii Hanto (The Kii peninsula) ,the largest peninsula in the Kinki region of Japan. It owns a beautiful nature and a vast 80% of its total area are mountainous regions.
Access to the center of Wakayama Prefecture
Arriving by train:
Approximately 2h 30min from Tokyo station to Shin-Osaka station by bullet train.It takes about 1 hour from Shin-Osaka station to Wakayama station by JR Kuroshio train.
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 70 minutes from Haneda to Kansai Airport. It takes about 15 minutes to Hineno station by JR Kansai Airport rapid train then transfer to JR Hanwa Line to Wakayama station for another 30 minutes.
3 Must-see Spots When Visiting Wakayama Prefecture
Mount Koya (Koyasan)
Mount Koya is 867 meters high and has 117 temples. A Buddhist called Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) founded these temples as a place for Buddhist training. Mount Koya is one of the best places to feel the vast nature and history and is popular among visitors.
Wakayama Castle (Wakayama-jo)
Wakayama Castle is located on the peak of Torafusuyama mountain in the city center of Wakayama. Some parts of the castle are designated important cultural properties.
Shirahama Onsen is one of the three most famous hot springs in Japan. It was introduced in ancient books and has been popular for a long time.
3 Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Wakayama Prefecture
It is Wakayama’s local ramen that has pork broth flavored with soy sauce. There are many ramen shops in the prefecture and each one has its original recipe.
You can’t miss Kue nabe, a hotpot with longtooth grouper fish, as the winter feast in Wakayama. Kue (longtooth grouper) is a very rare and luxurious fish that is caught in the sea near Wakayama. Wakayama unique Kue dishes can be enjoyed in many ways other than hotpot.
Inobuta (Wild boar-pigs)
Inobuta is a boar-pig hybrid and its meat is very popular because of its tenderness. Don’t miss this rare cuisine when visiting in Wakayama.
3 Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama Prefecture is the largest producer of Mikan (Japanese tangerines) in Japan. Especially Arita mikan is most famous for its sweetness and has a 9% market share nationwide.
Wakayama prefecture is also known as a great producer of Japanese pickled plums. Umeboshi is a Japanese pickled plum that is salty and sour. The ones made from a luxurious kind called Nakano-ume are especially famous.
Goma-dofu (Sesame flavored tofu)
Goma-dofu is one of the traditional local foods of Wakayama prefecture. It is important and a must-have for Shojinryori (Buddhist vegetarian meal) at Koyasan. The smooth texture and rich flavor make the delicatessen very popular. There are many Goma-dofu stores in the prefecture.
Dialect of Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama mainly has 3 types of dialects : Kihoku, Kinan, Kichu which are again divided into Heichi (flatland) and Okuchi (hinterland)
Since the accessibility of transportation had not been good for a long time, old pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary are still spoken, and is even rare in the Kinki region.
Agara …An expression of “ourselves” that could be used as “our” and “us” as well.
Kikeru … being tired
Naede …An expression of “why?”
Why don’t you visit Wakayama Prefecture where you can feel the great nature?
Find out more at 「Wakayama Kanko Joho」 – Wakayama Prefecture Official Tourism Information Site