Wakayama City is the gateway to the Kii Peninsula. Whether coming direct from the airport or from elsewhere within Japan, a day exploring the city is an excellent way to start any Wakayama adventure. Discover some of the city's highlights in the itinerary below.
This itinerary begins at JR Wakayama station. Arriving on the first Kuroshio express, means you can start the day around 9:00 a.m. This also happens to be the time the castle opens it gates.
Take one of the buses from the station and alight at Koen-mae. Alternatively, jump in a taxi and expect to pay around ¥1,000.
Most buses from the station stop at Wakayama Castle. Ask at the tourist information desk inside the station if unsure. Money-saving 1-day bus passes are also available
1 Wakayama Castle
2 Momijidani Garden
3 Wakayama Historical Center
Buses bound for Marina City (Kuroshio Market) service the Shiyakusho-mae stop directly in front of the Wakayama Historical Center. For help with timetables, visit the tourist information office on the first floor of the facility. If opting for a taxi, expect to pay around ¥4,000.
4 Kuroshio Market
After a full day exploring the sights, take a bus or taxi back into the city center to freshen up at your hotel before dinner.