Wakayama Prefecture


Wakayama Prefecture

Infobox Prefecture Japan
Name = Wakayama
JapaneseName = 和歌山県
Rōmaji = Wakayama-ken
Symbol = PrefSymbol-Wakayama.png Capital = Wakayama
Region = Kansai
Island = Honshū
TotalArea = 4,725.67
AreaRank = 30th
PCWater = 0.04
PopDate = October 1, 2005
Population = 1,036,061
PopRank = 39th
Density = 219
Districts = 6
Municipalities = 30
ISOCode = JP-30
Flower = Ume blossom ("Prunus mume")
Tree = Ubame oak ("Quercus phillyraeoides")
Bird = Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)



Website = [http://www.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/english/ www.wakayama.lg.jp/ english/]
Governor = Yoshinobu Nisaka
nihongo|Wakayama Prefecture|和歌山県|Wakayama-ken is a prefecture of Japan located on the Kii Peninsula in the Kansai region on Honshū island. The capital is the city of Wakayama.

History

Geography

Cities

Nine cities are located in Wakayama Prefecture:
*Arida
*Gobō
*Hashimoto
*Iwade
*Kainan
*Kinokawa
*Shingū
*Tanabe
*Wakayama (capital)

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Mergers

Economy

Wakayama supplies most of Japan with its high production of mikans (Mandarin Oranges) in October of every year.

Demographics

Culture

nihongo|Mount Kōya|高野山|Kōya-san in the Ito District is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. It is home to one of the first Japanese style buddhist temples in Japan and remains a site of pilgrimage and an increasingly popular tourist destination as people flock to see its ancient temples set amidst the towering cedar trees at the top of the mountain.

The Kumano Shrines are located on the southern tip of the prefecture.

Sister relationships

Wakayama Prefecture has friendship and sister relationships with five places outside Japan [ [http://www.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/prefg/022100/kokusaikouryu/yuko.html 友好・姉妹提携] Wakayama Prefecture official Web site retrieved May 16, 2008] . These are Shandong, People's Republic of China; Pyrénées-Orientales, France; Florida, United States; Sinaloa, Mexico; and Galicia, Spain.

Tourism

References

External links

* [http://www.pref.wakayama.lg.jp/english/ Official Wakayama Prefecture homepage]
* [http://wiwi.co.jp/kanko/world/english/ Wakayama Tourist Guide]
* [http://www.wakayama-nanki.jp/english/ Nanki Sightseeing Guide]


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