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Wakayama Prefecture is located at the southernmost part of Honshu. The average temperature of the seawater at the town of Kushimoto in Wakayama Prefecture is 21 degrees; the town is also famous for its beautiful corals. The rapeseed flowers of Daejeon in the southeastern part of Wakayama Prefecture blossom every year in early February and are very beautiful. The main local specialty products are oranges, plums, and persimmons. In addition, other specialties include tuna, whale, and other aquatic products.
The prefecture has more than 600 km of beautiful mountain ridges and coastlines, which combine with clear streams to create breathtaking views. In particular, the Kumano Sanzan and Koyasan have been holy places since ancient times. This excellent historical and cultural asset is also listed as a World Heritage Site.
Lush forests, together with the rocks on the north-south coastline, create the unparalleled natural beauty of Wakayama Prefecture.
Wakayama has a warm climate and many places of interest. Among them are the Kumano Nachi Shrine in Nachi-san, Hida Shrine in Nachi’s waterfall, the 1200-year-old Japanese Buddhist shrine Koyasan and the surrounding Koino-Kogen Koodyo Park and Yoshino Kumano National Park, and Izukawa River that irrigates the Wakayama Plain. In addition, it is also worth visiting the Shiraoka, a spa resort in Kansai.
Wakayama Prefecture is also home to many hot springs and there are plenty of hotels in Wakayama to choose from. The famous Shirahama Onsen, Katsuura Onsen, and Tang Onsen hot springs are all very popular.