Wakayama Prefecture is located south of Osaka in the Kansai Region, on Honshu Island's Kii Peninsula.
Its namesake capital is home to Wakayama Castle, an Edo-period replica set in a hilltop park with city views.
Pilgrimage routes connect a trio of Shinto Shrines collectively known as Kumano Sanzan. More than 100 temples rest among the peaks of Mount Koya, where Shingon Buddhism is headquartered.
It is home to one of the first Japanese style Buddhist temples and remains a pilgrimage site, and an increasingly popular tourist destination as people flock to see its ancient temples set amidst the towering cedar trees at the top of the mountain. The area is the best place to experience an overnight stay at a temple.