Wakayama

Relatively undiscovered, this unassuming coastal city boasts great beaches, distinctive cuisine, natural hot springs, and much more.

Wakayama is the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Wakayama is cleft in two by the Kinokawa River. The city is bordered at the north by mountains and Osaka Prefecture. In the city center is Wakayama Castle, built in a city central park. This castle is a concrete replica of the original, which was destroyed in World War II. Wakayama is home to one of Japan's three Melody Roads, which is made from grooves cut into the pavement, which when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body. Wakayama Prefecture is famous across Japan for its umeboshi (salty pickled plums) and mikan (mandarins).
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