Wakayama Prefecture is a prefecture is located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region. It’s best known tourist attraction is Mount Koya (Koyasan), the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism.Just a couple of hours south of the electric city of Osaka, there is a place where ancient pathways lead to hidden shrines shrouded in mist; where monks worship waterfalls and mystical forests float. The mountains here are a sacred dwelling for the gods and known for their restorative powers, while along the saw-tooth coast healing onsens (hot spring baths) merge with the clear waters of the ocean.
Located on the remote Kii peninsula on the southern coast of Kansai, Wakayama prefecture makes up a large part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, linked by the ancient Kumano Kodo.
As Japan’s biggest producer of mandarin oranges and home to, for some, the best ramen (Chuka soba) shops in the country, you will probably not be disappointed with the local food offered here. Chuka soba (Chinese noodle) have been popular in Wakayama from long time ago as a common people delicacy. The popular, soy sauce-based broth (shoyu) or a pork and soy sauce broth (tonkotsu-joyu) you see in Ramen now a days, can be said that, it is from this region. This is to be expected, as “soy souse” itself was born in this area.
If you are a meat lover, you should try Wakayama Beef (Wagyu beef).The Kumanoushi cow breed from Kumano, is something you may want to try. Over the centuries, the breeders here created a top grade Wakayama beef (kumano-gyu) which is now famous throughout Japan.
As for diving, Kii peninsula is a day trip away from the center of Osaka. It is a few hours away but here you can see dive in the beautiful Pacific Ocean surrounded by nature.