Tomogashima Island in Wakayama Prefecture is a natural and historical treasure that combines the allure of crumbling architecture with lush natural greenery and impressive rock formations.
Mount Koya is a time machine. While it is true that it is located on a fixed point on the map just two hours from the crowd and bright lights of Osaka, time has warped around the mountain in such a way that a visitor is transported to one of the last places where it is possible to steal a glimpse of an old Japan that is rapidly vanishing from other more tourist oriented locations.
Nachi Falls is a sight of natural and architectural beauty. Located on the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture, it is the tallest waterfall in Japan, and it is located on the Kumano Kodo, which is an ancient pilgrim road that runs between several significant religious sites in the area.
Sprawling forests, waterfalls, dotted intermittently with small, family-run onsen hotels cover much of the prefecture. You’ll also find plenty of good beaches in the summer, where you can relax and unwind as you top up your tan.
This haven of peace and calm can be achieved in a day trip from Osaka or there are plenty of lodgings located near by, which although worth it, can be pricey. Or why not lodge at one of a host of temples located here and get the full experience?
Koya-san has become an increasingly popular touristic destination in recent years because of its unique temple accommodations.
Muryokoin was founded by one of Emperor Shirakawa’s Imperial Princes in the Heian Period of Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185.