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  • Danjo Garan, Mt. Koya

    Danjo Garan, Mt. Koya World Heritage

    This holy land of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism was opened by Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi. Mt. Koya features a place where monks continue their learning even today. Danjo Garan was the first location established by Kobo Daishi upon opening the konpondojo (fundamental training hall) of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism.
    Photograph: Danjo Garan

    • JR Hashimoto Station
    • 40 min on Nankai Railway
    • Gokurakubashi Station
    • 5 min by cable car
    • Koyasan Station
    • 14 min by bus
    • Kondo-mae bus stop
    • Immediately accessible on foot
    • Danjo Garan
  • Shirarahama


    Stretching some 620 meters, this beautiful white sand beach includes the Shirasuna open-air bath where visitors can enjoy the warm waters without having to change out of their swimsuits.

    • JR Shirahama Station
    • Approx. 15 min. by bus
    • from Shirarahama bus stop
    • Immediately accessible on foot
    • Shirarahama
  • Takijiri-oji Shrine, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

    Takijiri-oji Shrine, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route World Heritage

    The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes were opened to facilitate pilgrimage to the three holy temples of the syncretization of Shinto with Buddhism, collectively known as Kumano Sandan. Takijiri-oji Shrine is located at the entrance of the precincts of Kumano Sandan.
    Photograph: Takijiri-oji Shrine

    • JR Kii-Tanabe Station
    • 40 min by bus
    • Takijiri bus stop
    • Immediately accessible on foot
    • Takijiri-oji Shrine
  • Daimon-zaka, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

    TDaimon-zaka, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage RouteWorld Heritage

    Daimon-zaka is a particularly beautiful section of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route where visitors can see the route as it was in ancient times. About 640 m up the stone visitors will find Nachi Kumano Taisha Shrine.
    Photograph: Daimon-zaka

    • JR Kii-Katsuura Station
    • 20 min by bus
    • Daimonzaka bus stop
    • Immediately accessible on foot
    • Daimon-zaka
For more information on tourism in Wakayama, visit the Wakayama Tourism Federation website, where visitors will also be treated to a promotional tourism video.

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