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Turn yourself into a war time Samurai

Wakayamajo (Wakayama Castle) – Samurai armor experience

War time Samurais are just as popular as warriors of the Three Kingdom! War time Samurais can be found in games, comic books and Japanese movies. At Wakayamajo (Wakayama Castle), the Wakayama City Tourist Information Center offers you an opportunity to experience wearing the Samurai armors for free of charge. You can try wearing the armor and turn yourself into one of Tokugawa Gosanke (three great families of Tokugawa) and feel the manliness of Samurais for yourself. Don’t forget to take photos!

Wakayamajo (Wakayama Castle) – Samurai armor experience

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Wakayama-shi Ichibancho 3
Telephone: 073-435-1185
Open hours: 8:30am to 5:15pm
Closed: December 29 through January 3
Fee: Free
Access: drive to Chuo-dori and to Kencho-mae, enter Sannenzaka-dori and proceed in to Ichibancho street
URL: http://www.wakayamakanko.com/china_h/sightseeing/history1.html (Chinese)
http://www.rekishikaido.gr.jp/time-trip/sisetu/sisetu.perl?sc=17003 (Japanese)

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About 2 hour and 17 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 131km

A walk through the ancient atmosphere

Kumano Hongu Taisha

Kumano Hongu Taisha was designated as a World Heritage. Kumano Hongu Taisha is one of the three mountains of Kumano and is the grand head shrine of all of the 3,000 Kumano shrines in Japan. In the Heian Period, many people came here to offer their prayers. Ooyunohara at the original location of Kumano Hongu Taisha has the largest Torii (gate to the shrine) in Japan and the road covered with green grass is a nice place to visit. The historical view of tall trees and old shrine buildings is just beautiful.

Kumano Hongu Taisha

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Tanabe-shi Hongucho Hongu 1110
Telephone: 0735-42-0009
Open hours: 6:00am to 7:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission fee: Free
Access: drive from Hanwa Expressway Kinan Interchange to Nanki-tanabe Interchange, go on National Rout 311 and drive to Tsuno electric appliance warehouse, turn in to the streen and you will arrive at Kumano Hongu Taisya soon (about 2 hour drive)
URL: http://www.hongutaisha.jp/ (Japanese)

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About 1 hour and 16 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 54.0km

Come visit the water falls and the shrine

Kumano Nachi Taisha

Kumano Nachisan is the last mountain of the three mountains of Kumano and Kumano Fusuminokami is worshiped here. Kumano Nachi Taisha is known for its very long 467 stone steps to the gate. Here, Yatagarasu (the legendary crow with three legs) is also enshrined. Yatagarasu is the motif of the emblem of Japan Football Association. And for this reason, many football players come here to offer their prayers before their games. Here, you can also see the famous Nachi Falls that looks just like a fine painting.

Kumano Nachi Taisha

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuura-cho Nachisan 1
Telephone: 0735-55-0321
Open hours: 6:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: from Daimonzaka, walk up the road that leads to Nachi Taisha and you will arrive soon, about 1 hour by walking slowly
URL: http://www.kumanonachitaisha.or.jp/ (Japanese)

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About a 15-minute walk
Distance of about 1.0km

The sacred area of Kumano

Nachi no Taki (Nachi Falls)

Nachi no Taki is known as the three best water falls of Japan along with Kegon no Taki (Kegon Falls) and Fukuroda no Taki (Fukuroda Falls). Its height being 133m and width being 13m, Nachi no Taki has the longing falling distance among the water falls in Japan. UNESCO also recognized Nachi no Taki as a World Cultural Heritage. Nachi no Taki is seen as the sacred place of Nachisan (Mt. Nachi) and there is also a shrine at the basin of the falls.

Nachi no Taki (Nachi Falls)

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuura-cho Nachisan
Access: about 15 min. walk from Kumano Nachi Taisha or Seigantoji Temple
URL: http://www.nachikan.jp/kumano/nachinotaki/ (Japanese)

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About 2 hour and 4 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 95.5km

A natural fort, A mysterious cave

Sandanbeki Cave

Comparing to Nachi-Katsuura, Shirahama is the place to enjoy sceneries of the nature and Sandanbeki is the place that represents such beautiful sceneries of Shirahama. The 60m high cliff continues for about 2km, this is like a great screen appeared in the sea. What a splendid scenery! Sandanbeki cave is famous for being the hub to the Tagamaru pirate who scared the fishermen in the area in the time of Empero Kanmu (781-806). In the Heian Period, this was the sea fort of Kumano navy.

Sandanbeki Cave

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Nishimuro-gun Shirahama-cho Sandan 2927-52
Telephone: 0739-42-4495
Open hours: Sandanbeki: free sightseeing
Sandanbeki Cave: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission fee: Sandanbeki: free
Sandanbeki Cave:
adults: 1300 yen
elementary school students: 650 yen
Access: drive on Prefectural Road 46 and enter Prefectural Road 43, turn right at the intersection in front of Nachi Station in to National Rout 42, drive to Tomitabashi intersection and turn left to Prefectural Road 34 (about 100km, 2 hour drive)
URL: http://sandanbeki.com/ (Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean)

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About 13 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 4.6km

A natural rock of unique shape and a romantic view just like a painting.

Engetsuto (Engetsu Island)

In addition to Sandanbeki, Engetsuto is another unique natural scenery of Shirahama. In the middle of Engetsuto, there is a round cave formed due to erosion by waves. This is where the name, Engetsuto (round moon island), came from. When the sun sets passing the round cave, the setting sun and the cave be just like a romantic painting. Every year, many couples come here to see this sunset view.

Engetsuto (Engetsu Island)

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Nishimuro-gun Shirahama-cho 3740
Telephone: 0739-43-5555
Access: drive up north on Prefectural Road 34 and you will arrive at Engetsuto (about 4km, 10 min. drive)
URL: http://www.nanki-shirahama.net/chinese_t/sightseeing/ (Chinese)

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About 8 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 2.6km

The oldest seaside hot spring

Saki no yu

Saki no yu is one of the oldest hot spring in Japan having the history of 1000 years. This is a small hot spring bath located only 10m from the sea. You can take a bath as you look at the vast Pacific Ocean and listen to the endless sound of waves hitting on rocks. This is a spectacular experience, looking at the waves splashing at the edge of the hot spring bath.

Saki no yu

Address: Wakayama Prefecture Nishimuro-gun Shirahama-cho Yusaki 1668
Telephone: 0739-42-3016
Open hours: April 1 through June 30 and September 1 through September 30: 8:00am to 6:00pm
July 1 through August 31: 7:00am to 7:00pm
October 1 through March 31: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: Wednesdays
Fee: 420 yen (3 years old and older)
Access: about 10 min. walk from Hotel Seamore
URL: http://www.nanki-shirahama.net/chinese_t/onsen-%28hot-springs%29/ (Chinese)
http://www.nanki-shirahama.com/search/details.php?log=1332738546 (Japanese)

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About 2 hour and 11 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 158km

The city that doesn’t sleep – Osaka

Dotonbori

This is the most festive downtown area in Osaka. Shopping malls and shops near the station are opened until around 10:00pm at night. Dotonbori is full of tastes of the local authentic food and snacks of Osaka. No wonder Dotonbori is called the war district of snacks and food. Try octopus balls, Osaka-yaki pancakes, kushiyaki (BBQ sticks), and more? If you want to step further in to the authentic taste of Osaka, don’t miss the specialty restaurants of puffer fish and crab.

Dotonbori

Address: Osaka Prefecture Chuo-ku Dotonbori
Telephone: 06-6211-4542
Access: drive on Hanwa Expressway and Hanshin Expressway (about 55 min.)
URL: http://www.dotonbori.or.jp/ (Japanese)

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About 14 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 6.0km

Experience the warmth and charm of Osaka Naniwa district

Tenjinbashi suji shotengai (shopping street)

From the south to the north, it is about 2.6 km long from Tenjinbashi 1 chome through Tenjinbashi 7 chome. Tenjinbashi suji shotengai is the longest shopping street in Japan. If you walk through the entire street, it will take about 40 min. The shopping street includes about 600 shops and eateries such as noodle eateries, snack stands, little shops selling miscellaneous goods, fashionable clothing, etc. They are all there! Enjoy window shopping here.

Tenjinbashi suji shotengai (shopping street)

Address: Osaka Prefecture Osaka-shi Kita-ku Tenjinbashi 1 to 7 chome
Telephone: 06-6352-6164 (Tenjinbashi 3chome shopping street promotion association)
06-6351-9406 (Tenjinbashi 5chome shopping street promotion association)
Access: about 2km from Umeda
URL: http://www.tenjin123.com/ (Japanese)

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About 1 hour and 2 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 158km

Come empty handed and enjoy skiing – welcome to the snow park

Rokkosan Snow Park

Located in the Rokkosan ski resort, the snow park has a long history of 50 years. From ski wears, sleighs, snow boots, gloves, etc., you can rent them all so that you can come here empty handed and yet enjoy snow activities at any time. This season, they close at March 21, 2016. Admission fee is 2,100 yen (day time ticket).

Rokkosan Snow Park

Address: Hyogo Prefecture Kobe-shi Nada-ku Rokkosan-cho Kitarokko 4512-98
Telephone: 078-891-0366
Open hours: skiing: 9:00am to 10:00pm
snow boarding: 4:00pm to 10:00pm (weekends and holidays) 9:00am to 10:00pm (weekdays)
snow land (pneumatic sleigh and play in the snow): 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: open every day during the operating season
Access: about 14km from Uozaki Interchange on Hanshin Expressway Rout 3 Kobe line
URL: http://www.rokkosan.com/zh-tw/ (Chinese)
http://www.rokkosan.com/ski/ (Japanese)

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