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Access to Wakayama

There are two railroads between Osaka City and Wakayama City. They are JR Line and Nankai Line.

  • JR Line (Ltd. Exp.)
  • Shin-Osaka >>Tennoji>> JR Wakayama (about 60min.)

  • JR Line (Rapid Service)
  • Tennoji (in Osaka C.)>>JR Wakayama (about 70~80min.)

  • Nankai Line (the fastest)
  • Namba(in Osaka C.)>>Wakayama-shi. (about 60min.)

    Both lines are connected with Kansai International Airport (KIX).

    JR trains go around the Kii Peninsula and also go to Nara City from JR Wakayama Sta.
    Nankai Line reaches Mt. Koya, a Buddhist town, from Osaka and you can change trains at Hashimoto Sta from/to JR Line.
    Wakayama Prefecture Map

    About Wakayama Prefecture

    Domestic Shares in Japan, concerning Wakayama Pre. (my summary based on a report published in 2020)

    Item Number Share
    Population 2017 944,889 0.7%
    Total Area 4,725km² 1.3%
    Mountain Area 3,610km² 1.7%
    Habitable Area 1,003km² 0.9%
    Rice Paddy Area 96km² 0.4%
    Grove Area 208km² 7.4%
    Manufacturing Shipment Value ¥ 2,640 billion 0.9%
    Agricultural Production ¥ 112 billion 1.2%
    Rice Production ¥ 7.6 billion 0.5%
    Fruit Production ¥ 70.2 billion 8.4%
    Flower Production ¥ 5.9 billion 1.7%
    Japanese Apricot Fruit Crop Yield 53,500t 61.6%
    Satsuma Mandarin Crop Yield 144,200t 19.5%
    Persimmon Crop Yield 547,500t 21.1%

  • Wakayama Prefecture, which shares 1.3% of the whole land of Japan, is inhabited by only 0.7% of all the people, because the area is so mountainous that habitable areas are limited for its size, especially flat areas are concentrated only in the mouth of big rivers.

  • Consequently, rice paddy areas and rice production are not as much as in other similar-sized prefectures, and that was one of reasons why only small groups of military power (samurais and monks) appeared independently each other in the medieval and early modern ages in Wakayama Prefecture.

  • On the other hand, thanks to efforts of the local people who focused on fruit growing, the prefecture has become abundant in groves and orchards for citrus fruits, Japanese apricot fruits (ume), persimmons, peaches and others.

  • Several big factories for iron manufacturing, oil refining, chemical production, industrial machines and others are located in the northern seashore.
  • About Wakayama City

  • Wakayama City is located in a flat area in the mouth of a big river called 'Ki-no-kawa,' which flows a central part of the Kii Peninsula

  • About 360,000 people lives in the city now. It is about as much as 39 % of the prefectural population.

  • In 1889, when Wakayama City started, the population was the 12th largest in Japan. Currently, it is merely the 55th largest, but it means it has a rich background in history.
  • Wakayama City Map