Near the border of Wakayama and Osaka Prefecture the famous Awashima Shrine [淡島神社]. Why is it famous? For centuries, people from all over Japan have come to Awashima Shrine to pray for fertility, safe birth— and to donate their old
It probably comes as no surprise, but Wakayama City’s most popular attraction is Wakayama Castle. Though not as popular as Himeji or Osaka Castle, Wakayama Castle played a major role in governing the Kishu Province i.e Wakayama Prefecture. Moreover, in
Every year, scores of people fill Kyoto in hopes of seeing this classic city bursting with sakura. It’s true, Kyoto is a very beautiful place during sakura season, but there are many great places for sakura throughout the Kansai Region.
On the border of Osaka and Wakayama is the Izumi mountain chain. In this remote and largely uninhabited area, sits one of Japan’s national treasures. Negoro-ji is the main temple of Shingi-Shingon sect, a branch of Shingon-shu. This temple is