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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Sublocality Level 2
“Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan) is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect which was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum and the start and end point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Zoo
“Adventure World, a theme park in Nanki Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture. The theme is in contact with nature such as pandas, dolphins, land, sea, and various animals in the sky. their take on new challenges every day. It is a theme park with a rare style in the whole country that has a zoo, an aquarium, and an amusement park. It takes over 3 hours by train from Osaka, but it can be enjoyed by both adults and children.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Very famous place for cherry blossoms! 35minutes by car from farmhouse. It takes about one hour and harf by train from here.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“春は桜、秋は紅葉の名所としても有名です。 It is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in autumn. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Pandas and killer whales are famous. It is rather wide. There are amusement parks, but the best recommendation is 'Safari Park'. Let's go see a lot of animals on a safari bus.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shrine
“Kumano hongu taisya.Two hours one hour, that's bus drive from Nachikatsura.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature
“Worm-eatery rock is a landmark representative of Wakayama prefecture, and it is designated as a natural monument of the country. It seems that rocks eroded by rain and wind are eaten by insects, so it is called such a name. Its height is about 60 m! It is a magnificent size suitable for calling the big rock. Numerous holes in that rock! Just watching it, you can feel the wonderfulness of nature's power.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“千畳敷は、その名のとおり広い岩畳を思わせる大岩盤。 瀬戸崎の先端から太平洋に向けて突きだしたスロープ状になった白く柔らかい岩は第3紀層の砂岩からなる大岩盤で、打ち寄せる荒波に浸食され壮大な景観を創っています。”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Mount Koya is the center of Shingon Buddhism and also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum. There are more than a hundred of temples along the streets of Koyasan, while the most important ones are Kongobuji, and Okunoin. If you want to experience a peaceful stay in Japan, here is the place you should visit. Not only you can experience a Japanese monk's lifestyle, you can also try the vegetarian monk's cuisine and also attending the morning prayers.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“和歌山湾にある複合テーマパークです。地中海港街の街並みで、観覧車やジェットコースターなどのアトラクションの他マグロ解体ショー、釣り堀、新鮮な海の幸を楽しめる黒潮市場もありお食事、又天然温泉施設もあり遊んだ後の疲れを癒す事もでき、家族で存分に遊んで楽しめるスポットです!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“White sandy beaches, beautiful views and hot springs in nearby Wakayama Prefecture, potentially #1 in Japan! A must-see for nature enthusiasts. The only downfall is the 4-hour train ride, however well worth the experience to discover this wonder,”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“西日本で最大級の海鮮マーケット「とれとれ市場」までお車で10分。堅田漁業協同組合直営のため、日本全国から取り寄せた新鮮な海産物が購入でき、紀州の特産品も販売しています。購入した魚などでBBQも楽しめます。”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place of Worship
  • 3 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
  • 1 local recommends
Place of Worship
“Koyasan is a world heritage site where several buildings such as Kimgo temple and Okunoin are registered as world heritage, making it the perfect destination for travelling around culture and history. Temple of 117 is densely packed, full of highlight and mountain high enough to not turn around in one day.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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“Pandas and killer whales are famous. It is rather wide. There are amusement parks, but the best recommendation is 'Safari Park'. Let's go see a lot of animals on a safari bus.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“[Ginpei] おすすめ!!安くておいしく雰囲気も良い和食 定食1,500~ Japanese Restaurant Recommend!!  Launch 1,500Yen~ ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“[Rokusanen] 日本庭園が素晴らしい 旧邸宅の料亭 がんこ寿司が経営のため安い! ランチ1,500円~ Good!! Japanese Garden Restaurant Recommend  Launch 1,500Yen~ ”
  • 1 local recommends
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Steakhouse
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