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Kihoku region
The gentle flow of the life-giving Kinokawa River has brought innumerable blessings since ancient times to the Kihoku region in Wakayama Prefecture. The region occupies nearly half of the plains area in this mountainous prefecture. There is a large grain belt located here, and it is where most of the population is concentrated.
The prefectural capital, Wakayama City, is located at the mouth of the Kinokawa River. In times past, it flourished as a castle town that provided 555,000 goku of rice in tribute to the shogun. It continues to grow today as the center of the prefecture’s government, economy, and culture. Countless cultural heritages have been handed down to the present in the surrounding area, including one of Japan’s foremost religious areas, Koyasan. The Koya culture blossomed here in ancient times.
In contrast, the cities of Hashimoto and Iwade are rapidly growing as bedroom communities close to Osaka. Very close to this region, the Kansai International Airport opened in 1994, becoming Japan’s first 24-hour airport.
The Kihoku region is developing as an area open to the world.

Wakayama-shi
23 Shichiban-cho Wakayama-shi
TEL:073-432-0001
http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/
Kainan-shi
1525-6 Hikata Kainan-shi
TEL:073-482-4111
http://www.city.kainan.wakayama.jp/
Kimino-cho
287 Todoroki Kimino-cho
TEL:073-489-2430
http://www.town.kimino.wakayama.jp/
Kinokawa-shi
338 Nishi-Ooi Kinokawa-shi
TEL:0736-77-2511
http://www.city.kinokawa.lg.jp/
Iwade-shi
209 Oaza Nishino Iwade-shi
TEL:0736-62-2141
http://www.city.iwade.lg.jp/
Hashimoto-shi
1-1-1 Toge Hashimoto-shi
TEL:0736-33-1111
http://www.city.hashimoto.wakayama.jp/
Katsuragi-cho
2160 Oaza Chonomachi Katsuragi-cho Ito-gun
TEL:0736-22-0300
http://www.town.katsuragi.wakayama.jp/
Kudoyama-cho

1190 Kudoyama Kudoyama-cho Ito-gun

TEL:0736-54-2019
http://www.town.kudoyama.wakayama.jp/
Koya-cho

636 Koyasan Koya-cho Ito-gun

TEL:0736-56-2931
http://www.town.koya.wakayama.jp/
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Kichu region
Snaking through the prefecture’s mountainous areas, the Arida and Hidaka Rivers flow into the Kii Water System. The Kichu region extends through the basins of both these rivers. Owing to the superb conditions of mild temperatures and abundant rainfall, the cultivation of the Kishu mandarin orange and Japanese plums flourish in this region. The city of Arida is known nationwide as the home of the Arida mandarin oranges, and Minabe-cho boasts the largest Japanese plum harvest in the country.
The region’s distinctively jagged coastline is exceptionally beautiful, and it is also a paradise for such sports and leisure activities as fishing and swimming. In the past, however, the many reefs and lack of arable land forced many from the area to seek a life overseas. More than half the residents emigrated to the United States.

Arida-shi

50 Minoshima Arida-shi

TEL:0737-83-1111
http://www.city.arida.wakayama.jp/
Yuasa-cho

1055-9 Yuasa Yuasa-cho Arida-gun

TEL:0737-63-2525
http://www.town.yuasa.wakayama.jp/
 Hirogawa-cho

1500 Oaza Hiro Hirogawa-cho Arida-gun

TEL:0737-63-1122
http://www.town.hirogawa.wakayama.jp/
Aridagawa-cho

2018-4 Oaza Shimotsuno aridagawa Arida-gun

TEL:0737-52-2111
http://www.town.aridagawa.lg.jp/
Gobo-shi
350 Sono Gobo-shi
TEL:0738-22-4111
http://www.city.gobo.wakayama.jp/
Mihama-cho
1138-278 Wada Mihama-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0738-22-4123
http://www.town.mihama.wakayama.jp/
Hidaka-cho
626 Oaza Taie Hidaka-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0738-63-2051
http://www.town.hidaka.wakayama.jp/
yura-cho
1220-1 Sato Yura-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0738-65-0200
http://www.town.yura.wakayama.jp/
Hidakagawa-cho
160 Habu Hidakagawa-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0738-22-1700
http://www.town.hidakagawa.lg.jp/
Minabe-tyo
742 Shiba Minabe-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0739-72-2015
http://www.town.minabe.lg.jp
Inami-cho
2252-1 Oaza Inami Inami-cho Hidaka-gun
TEL:0738-42-0120
http://www.town.inami.wakayama.jp/
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Kinan region
The coastline is drenched in sunshine and the dancing Black Tide. The Kinan region is particularly reminiscent of more southern climes in Wakayama Prefecture, which is warm throughout the year.
There is a large forested belt in this region, which has become the main forest area in Wakayama Prefecture, which is known for its trees.
The two castle towns of Tanabe and Shingu play a core role in politics, the economy, and culture, and they are located next to Shirahama and Katsuura, two well-known hot spring towns. The latter two resorts are filled throughout the year with visitors.
Essential sights for tourists are the Nachi no Taki waterfall, the Toro Gorge, and the Hashikuiiwa rock formation. The works of art fashioned by nature are too numerous to mention.
There has been a recent surge in popularity in the ancient Kumano road, a historical trail that once had so many travelers travel along it that the journey along it was called the “Kumano Pilgrimage of Ants”. Kumano, the spiritual hometown of Japan, has once again become the center of attention.

Tanabe-shi
1 Shinyashikimachi Tanabe-shi
TEL:0739-22-5300
http://www.city.tanabe.lg.jp/
Shirahama-cho
1600 Shirahama-cho Nishimuro-gun
TEL:0739-43-5555
http://www.town.shirahama.wakayama.jp/
kamitonda-cho
763 Atsusso kamitonda-cho Nishimuro-gun
TEL:0739-47-0550
http://www.town.kamitonda.wakayama.jp/
Susami-cho
4089 Susami Susami-cho Nishimuro-gun
TEL:0739-55-2004
http://www.town.susami.lg.jp/
Shingu-shi
1-1 Kasuga Shingu-shi Wakayama-ken
TEL:0735-23-3333
http://www.city.shingu.wakayama.jp/
Kushimoto-cho
1800 Kushimoto Kushimoto-cho Higashimuro-gun
TEL:0735-62-0555
http://www.town.susami.lg.jp/
Nachikatsuura-cho
7-1-1 Tsukiji Nachikatsuura-cho Higashimuro-gun
TEL:0735-52-0555
http://www.town.nachikatsuura.wakayama.jp/
Taiji-cho
3767-1 Oaza Taiji Taiji-cho Higashimuro-gun
TEL:0735-59-2335
http://www.town.taiji.wakayama.jp/
Kozagawa-cho
673-2 Takaike Kozagawa-cho Higashimuro-gun
TEL:0735-72-0180
http://www.town.kozagawa.wakayama.jp/
Kitayama-mura
42 Onuma Kitayama-mura Higashimuro-gun
TEL:0735-49-2331
http://www.vill.kitayama.wakayama.jp/
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