A cool looking chozuya at a city shrine
Taga Shrine is located near Wakayama Castle. Although the shrine grounds are not large, it is nationally known as a shrine for naming babies, with Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto as the main deities.
As the temperature rises in June, the chozuya (also called temizuya, place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water) at Taga Shrine is decorated with a windmill and wind chimes to create a cool appearance.
Hachiman Shrine in Wakayama City
Spring at Wakayama Botanical Park Ryokka Center
The park covers a vast area of 10.23 hectares with many varieties and plants that can be enjoyed in all four seasons.
The 3,500 ㎡ flowerbeds contain approximately 20,000 plants and new varieties of flowers, a greenhouse with giant cacti, a rose garden, a hydrangea garden, and a “lotus pond.
In April and May, the flower beds are filled with Livingston daisies and other flowers, and azaleas can also be seen throughout the park.
The Four Devas at Chumon Gate of Koyasan, Wakayama
The Danjo Garan is the center of Koyasan, and is lined with various halls such as Kondo (Main Hall) and Konpon-daito Pagoda. The entrance to the temple is the Chumon Gate, which was reconstructed and inaugurated on April 2, 2015 as part of the project to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the founding of Koyasan (the year 2015 is the 1200th anniversary of the founding of Koyasan).
The Four Devas, Jikokuten (Dhrtarastra, east), Zochoten (Virudhaka, south), Komokuten (Virupaksa, west), and Tamonten (Vaisravana, north) are enshrined at this gate.
Koyasan, World Heritage Site, in Wakayama
Koya, a sacred site of Shingon esoteric Buddhism, stretches over a mountainous upper basin surrounded by peaks about 1,000 meters above sea level, and was founded 1,200 years ago by Kobo Daishi, Kukai (774-835).
On July 7, 2004, the Koyasan pilgrimage routes, including the Choishimichi and Kongobuji Temple precincts (6 districts) and 12 structures, were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Kumano, Yoshino, and Omine as “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range”.
Furthermore, on October 24, 2016, Kurokawa-do, Nyonin-do, Kyodaisaka-do Fudosaka, and Mitasaka (including Niu Shuden Shrine) were additionally registered as World Heritage sites as Koya Pilgrimage Routes (including Choishimichi and renamed).