Wakayama Castle, Wakayama

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Marvel at the varied and interesting history of Wakayama Castle, a landmark central to the town's cultural lineage. Built in 1586 as the castle of a feudal lord, the building was heavily contested during the reconstruction of Japan, changing hands and uses regularly. The castle's current appearance--a chalky white exterior with three stories towering above the center of the city--owes much to renovations during the 17th century. Observe the cityscape below from this mountaintop seat of history and power, admiring the top-down view that so many rulers have cherished throughout the castle's complicated history. With our international travel planner, Wakayama attractions like Wakayama Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We love this castle park because it holds a lot of meaningful local history and background on the Ninja and Samurai era. You'd think it's like the usual castles for the most part but it isn't. There's...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Tokugawa Castle, it is surprising and Castle are spacious atmosphere. In the premises there free Zoo stuff and the like.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Takes about 30 minutes walk from Wakayama station, too. Through the wind and climb the Castle Tower was a hot day, cool. Throughout the Castle, partly because stone walk though there. In addition, as well as the Castle, enjoyed the nishinomaru garden.
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  • June 21, 2017
    Head to the top of the castle for a 360 degree view of the city of Wakayama. Don't forget to go in the historic Ohashi Roka Bridge (don't forget to remove your footwear first). Try dressing up as a warrior in the souvenir shop too!
  • May 26, 2017
    Reconstructed castle, a few interesting artifacts inside. Not a lot of tourists. Good view from the top.
  • June 22, 2017
    ¥410 admission to main castle Great views walk around outside deck for taking video or photos 👍
  • June 8, 2017
    Peaceful place,for sitting back and relax in cold breeze at the top of the castle.
  • December 26, 2016
    One of the most extensive castle without restricted zones. This 6-storey castle offers a wonderful panoromic view of Wakayama city. Interesting detailed Japanese paintings and artifacts of the Tokugawa era, including weapons, full body armours, etc. Nice!

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Where to stay in Wakayama

You can find plenty of accommodation choices for your stay in Wakayama, ranging from affordable guesthouses and traditional ryokans, to numerous mid-range options with tatami floors, onsen resorts, and luxury establishments. Lodgings mostly cluster in three major city areas, with the largest concentration in the town center near the historic castle. The Kada area, near two famous shrines, and the southern Wakanoura neighborhood also boast a solid selection of lodgings.
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