Wakayama (city)

Core City
Wakayama City
Wakayama Castle, Nishinomaru Garden, Saikazaki, Kimiidera Temple, Downtown Wakayama viewed from the castle keep
Wakayama Castle, Nishinomaru Garden, Saikazaki, Kimiidera Temple, Downtown Wakayama viewed from the castle keep
Flag of Wakayama
Official seal of Wakayama
Location of Wakayama in Wakayama Prefecture
Location of Wakayama in Wakayama Prefecture
Wakayama is located in Japan
Location of Wakayama in Wakayama Prefecture
Coordinates: 34°14′N 135°10′E / 34°14′N 135°10′E / 34.233; 135.167
RegionHonshu (Kansai)
PrefectureWakayama Prefecture
 • MayorMasahiro Obana
 • Land210.25 km2 (81.18 sq mi)
Population (1 May 2017)
 • Total360,664
 • Density1,730/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeCinnamomum camphora
- FlowerAzalea

Wakayama (和歌山市, Wakayama-shi, Japanese: [ɰakaꜜjama]) is the capital city of Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan.


The city population rose from 382,155 in 2003 to 386,501 in 2004, a growth of 1.87%. The population density as of October 1, 2010, was 1,755.47 persons per km². The total area is 209.20 km².

This population increase has occurred despite Wakayama's beleaguered economy, which has suffered since Sumitomo Steel moved much of its steel producing operations to China. The Wakayama steel mills have since been reduced and restructured, with part of the industry completely shutting in 2004.

Wakayama is cleft in two by the Kinokawa River. The city is bordered at the north by mountains and Osaka Prefecture.

In the city center is Wakayama Castle, built on Mt. Torafusu (the name means "a tiger leaning on his side") in a city central park. During the Edo period, the Kishū Tokugawa daimyō ruled from Wakayama Castle. Tokugawa Yoshimune, the fifth Kishū Tokugawa daimyo, became the eighth Tokugawa shogun. This castle is a concrete replica of the original, which was destroyed in World War II.

Wakayama is home to one of Japan's three Melody Roads, which is made from grooves cut into the pavement, which when driven over causes a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the car body.[1][2]

Wakayama Prefecture is famous across Japan for its umeboshi (salty pickled plums) and mikan (mandarins).

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Vakayama (şəhər)
Bân-lâm-gú: Wakayama-chhī
беларуская: Вакаяма
български: Вакаяма (град)
català: Wakayama
Cebuano: Wakayama Shi
čeština: Wakajama
chiTumbuka: Wakayama
Cymraeg: Wakayama
Deutsch: Wakayama
eesti: Wakayama
español: Wakayama
Esperanto: Ŭakajama
euskara: Wakayama
français: Wakayama
Gaeilge: Wakayama
galego: Wakayama
한국어: 와카야마시
Bahasa Indonesia: Wakayama, Wakayama
italiano: Wakayama
Кыргызча: Вакаяма
lietuvių: Vakajama
مازِرونی: واکایاما (شهر)
Nederlands: Wakayama (stad)
日本語: 和歌山市
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vakayama
polski: Wakayama
português: Wakayama (cidade)
Qaraqalpaqsha: Vakayama
română: Wakayama
Simple English: Wakayama, Wakayama
српски / srpski: Вакајама
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Vakajama
suomi: Wakayama
svenska: Wakayama
тоҷикӣ: Вакаяма
Türkçe: Wakayama
українська: Вакаяма
Tiếng Việt: Wakayama (thành phố)
文言: 和歌山市
粵語: 和歌山市
中文: 和歌山市