Wakayama City—beautiful views, historical sights and fun trains
· Try the local ramen—noodles in a rich and hearty pork soy sauce soup
· Visit the Tomogashima Islands with their abandoned military buildings
· Ride the medetai trains, decorated with cute fish motifs
· Discover the origins of soy sauce
Wakayama City Area
Wakayama City is an easy express-train ride from Osaka and Kyoto.
The prefectural capital is a historical and culinary hub, as well as a gateway to the rest of Wakayama Prefecture. Wakayama Castle has dominated the city's skyline for centuries, and the Tomogashima Islands were once a secret military base before nature began to take back what was hers. Cute medetai trains run along the tracks, and foodies will enjoy tasting local specialities such as Wakayama ramen.
The top spot to visit in Wakayama City is Wakayama Castle. It was originally built in 1585 and was a crucial military stronghold for many of Japan's most powerful families through the ages. Combine a trip to the castle with a relaxing bath at a local onsen, and a warming bowl of Wakayama ramen.
Medetai Trains & Tomogashima Islands
Medetai trains are decorated with motifs of Kada's local specialty fish, tai (red snapper.) The trains travel between Wakayamashi Station and Kada Stations in the city. A ferry to the Tomogashima Islands departs from Kada Station.
Wakayama’s 450 elementary, junior high and high schools are proactively conducting exchange programs with schools from around the world to foster a greater sense of global understanding and to share the rich culture and customs of Wakayama.
Overseas students visiting Wakayama schools can expect to gain insight into a regular Japanese lifestyle by attending classes, taking part in schools’ club activities—including tea ceremony—and involvement in awareness campaigns centered around the environment and strategies to cope with natural disasters.
If you are interested in organizing a school exchange, please refer to the Exchange Request and Determination System guidelines about the next steps.
Kishu Shikki (lacquerware)
Kishu shikki is a lacquerware craft from Wakayama prefecture. Wakayama has had a long history with traditional lacquerware.
The Origins of Soy Sauce
Did you know the origins of soy sauce lie in the small town of Yuasa in Wakayama? Discover more by visiting this atmospheric area of historical buildings.
How to Get to Wakayama from Tokyo and Osaka
To get to Wakayama City from Osaka, take the Nankai Main Line from Namba. It will take over an hour to Nankai Wakayamashi. Alternatively, take the JR Hanwa Line from Tennoji to JR Wakayama. The journey takes around one hour.
The easiest way to reach Wakayama City from Tokyo is by air. There are daily flights from Haneda to Kansai International Airport (KIX). From the airport, take the Kanku Express to Hineno and change to the JR Hanwa Line for Wakayama. Alternatively, take one of the limousine buses from the airport to Wakayama Station in around 40 minutes. More Info