Wakayama Prefecture ( is a 和歌山県 Wakayama-ken) prefecture of Japan located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of [1 ] Wakayama. [2 ]
History [ edit ]
Present-day Wakayama is mostly the western part of the province of
Kii. [3 ]
1953 Wakayama Prefecture flood disaster [ edit ]
On July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed
Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.
Geography [ edit ]
Map of Wakayama Prefecture.
Nine cities are located in Wakayama Prefecture:
Towns and villages [ edit ]
These are the towns and villages in each
Mergers [ edit ]
Economy [ edit ]
Wakayama supplies most of Japan with its high production of mikans (
Mandarin Oranges) in October of every year.
Demographics [ edit ]
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Culture [ edit ]
Mount Kōya ( in the 高野山 Kōya-san) Ito District is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. It is home to one of the first Japanese style Buddhist temples in Japan and remains a site of pilgrimage 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 Sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range extend for miles throughout the prefecture and together have been recognized as Japan's 11th UNESCO World Heritage site. [4 ]
Kumano Shrines are located on the southern tip of the prefecture. Tomogashima Island (actually a cluster of 4 islands) is also part of the prefecture.
Sister relationships [ edit ]
Wakayama Prefecture has friendship and sister relationships with six places outside Japan.
These are [5 ] Richmond, Canada; Shandong, People's Republic of China; Pyrénées-Orientales, France; Florida, United States; Sinaloa, Mexico; and Galicia, Spain.
Tourism [ edit ]
Wakayama Prefecture has hot springs such as
Shirahama, Kawayu, and Yunomine Onsen.
Transportation [ edit ]
Expressway [ edit ]
Yuasa Gobo Road
Nachi Katsuura Road
National Highway [ edit ]
Airport [ edit ]
Education [ edit ]
University [ edit ]
^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in , p. 1026, at Japan Encyclopedia , p. 1026 Google Books; "Kansai" in , p. 477, at p. 477 Google Books.
^ Nussbaum, "Wakayama" in , p. 1025, at p. 1025 Google Books.
^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" in , p. 780, at p. 780 Google Books.
^ 友好・姉妹提携 Wakayama Prefecture official Web site retrieved May 16, 2008
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Coordinates: 34°3′N 135°21′E / 34.050°N 135.350°E