Sunny autumn weather in Shikinosato Park, Wakayama

In the pleasant weather, I took a leisurely walk through Shikinosato Park.

Autumn flowers such as cosmos and Japanese knotweed were blooming beautifully, and there were many fallen chestnuts (it seems that picking up chestnuts inside the park is prohibited), so I was able to fully enjoy this season.

The house next to the park was lined with tangerine trees full of fruit. On the way home, I bought some persimmons at the store across the street.

The best time to see the pampas grass on Oishi Plateau in Wakayama Prefecture

At Oishi Plateau across Kimino Town and Aridagawa Town, Wakayama Prefecture, pampas grasses are spreading its ears all over.

Amazing pampas grass fields

Oishi Plateau, famous for its pampas grass, which boasts one of the best views in the Kansai region, is located at an altitude of 870 meters, and from the top of the mountain you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view, and if the weather is good, you can even see Rokko, Awaji, and Shikoku.

I was also able to enjoy autumn flowers and fruits such as viburnums and cloves.


There is no public transportation that provides direct access to Oishi Plateau. The closest station is Kainan Station on the JR Kinokuni Line, which is a 40-minute drive from there. Please drive carefully in this area where the roads are narrow and it is difficult for cars to pass each other.

The other route is from the direction of Fujinami Station in Aridagawa Town, which takes a little longer but seems to be a safer route.

There are parking lots 1 to 3, all of which are free.

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

It is said the origin of the Hachiman Shrine is in 902. There is the Kora Myojin Shrine in the the precincts.

Torii Gate of Hachiman Shrine
A pound in the precinct 
Kora Myojin Shrine
Hachiman Shrine
Takydromus tachydromoides in the precinct

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.

Livingston daisies
Livingston daisies

Azaleas and mountains of Kinokawa City

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).

Chumon Gate, 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).

Daimon Gate in Mt. Koya

Kongobuji Temple, Koyasan
Kondo (Main Hall, left) and Konpon-daito Pagoda (right)
Shops on Koya-Tenkawa Line
Shops on Koya-Tenkawa Line
Shops on Koya-Tenkawa Line