Wakayama is known for being the location of the Kishu Domain, home to one of the three branches of the Tokugawa clan, during the Edo-era which was ruled by the Tokugawa shogunate. The feudal lord of the domain Tokugawa Yoshimune became, the eighth shogun, who was known for being a wise ruler. Wakayama Castle in the central part of Wakayama City shows just how strong and powerful he was. From the castle tower it's possible to view Wakayama City and the Kino River, which is one of the symbols of Wakayama. Koyasan is known as being the place where Shingon esoteric Buddhism was begun by the monk Kobo Daishi in 816, making it a holy ground for Japanese Buddhism. Kumano Shinko, a type of religion based in the worship of nature, developed long ago in the Kumano region which was visited by many pilgrims including retired emperors. The sacred sites of Koya (Koyasan) and Kumano (the Kumano Sanzan, Three Grand Shrines of Kumano), along with the Koyasan Choishimichi and Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes, are registered as the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Wakayama as fruit prefecture provides you with fruit picking experience of many kinds any season you visit all year around, but autumn is the busy season to start the cultivation of mikan.