Tourism to shrines and temples in Wakayama Prefecture is very unique. Kumano Sanzan and Kongōbu-ji founded by Kūkai (founder of the Shingon Buddhism) located on Mount Kōya is very famous. These areas was added to the World Heritage List as “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” in 2004, after that many foreign tourists have visited. And, one of The Three Ancient Springs, Nanki-Shirahama Onsen which has a history of more than 1300 years is very popular.
Wakayama is one of the major fruit producing regions in Japan, being the top domestic producer of citrus unshius, hassaku orange and persimmon. And Wakayama is known throughout Japan for the number and quality of its ume and umeboshi (pickled plum). Fishery is also thriving, pacific bluefin tuna, bonito, daggertooth pike conger and largehead hairtail are abundantly caught.
*Japanese pickled plums