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Wakayama Prefecture

Wakayama, Shionomisaki Lighthouse’s Grass Burning

The grass burning is a customary event of Shionomisaki Lighthouse, the southernmost place in Honshu, to eliminate pests and to encourage growth of new plantlife. The event is joined by local folk dances and taiko performances.
In the blink of an eye, flames spread across around 6 hectares of grass overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it burns up in as little as one hour. Visitors can enjoy the flames up close. Fireworks are also launched, setting a fantastical atmosphere.
Visitors can also enjoy being treated to free food, like the local specialty “Shorasan Nabe,” a miso nabe dish filled with fish cakes, pork, and vegetables.

World Heritage Site – Mt. Koya (Part 2) – Walking Around “Okunoin,” Mausoleum for Kobo Daishi

Wakayama Prefecture. After enjoying the autumn leaves at Kongobu-ji and enjoying sesame tofu and shojin-ryori for lunch, let’s continue on and walk around “Okunoin.” Okunoin hosts the graves of historical figures and daimyo from across the country, is filled with interestingly shaped graves and memorial towers, and is home to Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum.
In this second part, I’ll provide information on accessing Mt. Koya and some great value tickets.

Enjoy early-summer Ise and Kumano Kodo with the great-deal “Ise-Kumano- Wakayama Area Tourist Pass”!

The rainy season is gone and it’s finally summer! This picture that looks like Okinawa or somewhere tropical was actually taken in Shirahama Beach in Wakayama prefecture. Away about 2 and half hours from the Kansai International Airport; this beach with extended shallow seashore is well known for its powdery white sand and magnificently clear beautiful ocean. That said, why not go a little way further from Osaka and enjoy summer in the best way? In this article, we will pick up Wakayama and Mie area that everyone is talking about! They are both accessible from the Kansai International Airport.

Wakayama Prefecture’s “Oto Matsuri,” a Festival with Around 1400 Years of History

Oto Matsuri is a nighttime fire festival held annually on February 6th at World Heritage Site Kamikura Shrine.
Oto Matsuri has also been designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset of Japan. The festival was originally held to perform “baptisms by fire.”
During the festival, around 2000 worshippers (all men), called “noboriko,” don traditional clothing, carry torches, and visit Asuka Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Myoshin-ji before finally climbing up to Kamikura Shrine before it reaches 19:00.
After that, the torches carried by the noboriko are lit, and the moment the shrine’s gates open the noboriko all swarm down the 538 stone steps from Mt. Kamikura’s summit. The stream of men bearing torches is reminiscent of a descending dragon.

Nachi Falls

Nachi Falls

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One of the Three Great Waterfalls of Japan, Nachi Falls is 13 meters wide and 133 meters tall, and it boasts the largest uninterrupted drop for waterfalls in Japan.
Nachi Falls is the shintai, or Shinto object of worship, for Hiro Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Kumano Nachi Taisha. Since long ago, Nachi Falls have been considered an object of natural worship. It has been said that being splashed by the waterfalls grants benefits.
In 2004, Nachi Falls was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site as part of the “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.”

Porto Europe “Christmas Illumination”

Wakayama Marina City, which faces Wakaura Bay, is an artificial island that is home to the Mediterranean port city-styled theme park “Porto Europe,” as well as a seafood market, hot spring facilities, and resort hotels. This winter Porto Europe once again will display its jumbo Christmas tree and celebrate the Christmas spirit!