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.
Travel to Wakayama: https://visitwakayama.jp/plan-your-trip/travel-to-wakayama/
Koyasan to Kumano: https://visitwakayama.jp/itineraries/koyasan-to-kumano/
Yuasa and Shirahama: https://visitwakayama.jp/itineraries/yuasa-and-shirahama/
Wakayama City: https://visitwakayama.jp/itineraries/wakayama/