Wakayama, the Prefectural capital is 35 minutes by train from Kansai International Airport, using either Japan Railways (JR), or Nankai Electric Railways. The journey by limousine bus takes only an extra five minutes, and you’ll also receive added space to store your luggage. Alternatively, Wakayama Station is 65 minutes by JR from Shin-Osaka Station, and 90 minutes from Kyoto Station.
The Kii Peninsula lies within trekking distance of Kyoto and Nara, the ancient capitals of Japan. For over 1,000 years, pilgrims have navigated their way through its deep mountain forests to purify themselves in hot springs, and pay their respects at some of the nation’s most holy shrines. These shrines are scattered throughout an area shared between Wakayama Prefecture in the southwest, and Mie Prefecture in the east, designated as the World Heritage listed ‘Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.’ Also containing Iga, an important centre of ninja heritage, and Ise Grand Shrine, Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, the Kii Peninsula is a profound natural and cultural journey through Japan’s spiritual heart.
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