Wakanoura Bay fans out at the mouth of the Kino River and was a preferred place of cultural inspiration for poets of the Heian and Nara periods. Ancient Kimii-dera temple is nearby, and traditional Japanese craft industries–such as lacquerware and umbrellas–continue to flourish here.
You can reach the bay by train and then a short walk.
Access to the bay area can be made by numerous stations on the JR Kisei Line. Getting off at Kimiidera, Kuroe or Kainan station will take you close enough to walk to the bay.
The scenic area around the bay area has undergone development in recent times to appeal to a whole new generation of poets. Reclaimed land has been developed and now houses Wakayama Marina City.
You can look through re-creations of European towns in the Porto Europa amusement park, and hotels and onsen resorts offer points of relaxation.
With a host of marine sports and other recreational activities on offer, Wakanoura Bay is a beautiful spot get out on the water or just wander around and take in cultural attractions both old and new.