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Wakayama Castle, Wakayama

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Castle Historic Site
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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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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  • If you have seen Osaka castle, you can skip this. But there aren't many tourist spots in Wakayama just so you know, so it is a must-see. The garden is nice, but most literature all in Japanese so i ca...  more »
  • It's rebuilt, but it's still worth to pay a visit because the area is quite big and beautiful, you can also enjoy the very nice view from the top. You can even walk by there around 20 mins from Wakaya...  more »
  • After a day battling crowds in Kyoto, we decided to find somewhere off the beaten track, and settled on Wakayama castle. An easy 45minute express train ride from Osaka. - Even though we hadn't reserve...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Reconstructed castle, a few interesting artifacts inside. Not a lot of tourists. Good view from the top.
  • ¥410 admission to main castle Great views walk around outside deck for taking video or photos 👍
  • Peaceful place,for sitting back and relax in cold breeze at the top of the castle.
  • 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!