Bamboo Lantern Festival in Wakayama Castle Park, 2023

“Taketoya (竹燈夜) which is held every year on the night of the first week of November, was held again this year, in which the inside of Wakayama Castle Park is decorated with bamboo lanterns.

Many people visited this year as well to see the fantastical appearance of Wakayama Castle, which is completely different from the usual.

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.

Gray heron and blue stone of Wakayama Castle


Even so, as expected of a large daimyo’s garden, there are many crystalline schist stones (the Aoishi Stone) with wonderful striped patterns.