As the landscape changes to the rhythm of the seasons, each finds its own unique expression in Japanese culture.
Breathtaking cherry blossoms, the vivid green of the Spring foliage, a temperate climate and an early-starting beach season define Spring in Wakayama. The cherry trees at Wakayama City's Kimii-dera Temple are renowned for flowering early; some of these plants are used by Wakayama Meteorological Office to herald the start of the cherry blossom season.
Fireflies dancing at dusk in late May mark the beginning of Summer in Wakayama. From the beaches to its mountains, Wakayama has a whole host of outdoor activities to offer. Make sure not to miss out on the many traditional Summer festivals either!
With Autumn in the air, the heat of Summer cools off, to be replaced by festival music and a medley of radiant autumn leaves. Be it at the famous historical Wakayama Castle garden, or at the ancient trails of the Kumano Kodo, experience the sights and sounds of Autumn in Wakayama.
It is the season for seafood and thermal hot springs in Wakayama, one of Japan’s oldest onsen regions. From February ume flowers blooms in Minabe Town and Tanabe City with their sweet fragrance perfuming the air for miles. The ume plum flower is the symbol of Wakayama prefecture.