On a hilltop overlooking Wakayama City, this feudal fortress kept guard over the region for centuries. Its central location means you won’t have to travel far at all to reach it — just a 20-minute walk from Wakayama Station. Although much of the castle was destroyed in WWII, it has since been restored to its former glory, with faithful replicas built on top of the original stone base and walls.
Nowadays the castle grounds are a prime picture spot for cherry blossom lovers during spring, while in fall visitors should head to the lovely Nishi-no-Maru Teien Garden to enjoy its autumnal splendor.
Outside of the castle park, you’ll find the Wakayama Historical Museum, which is covered under the same ticket. Here you can learn about the castle’s history, and that of the noble occupants who called it home throughout the years. The relics on display paint a colorful picture of the history of this fascinating prefecture. Also nearby is Wakayama’s Museum of Modern Art with 10,000 pieces old and new, from local artists and European greats.