Kumano Kodo_Daimon Zaka (Copyright)
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Fruits of Wakayama (Copyright)
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and blessed with rich nature and warm climate, Wakayama Prefecture has prosperous industries such as agriculture, fishery and food processing. As it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan, the tourism industry also flourishes. With regards to sports, many sports facilities were developed for the hosting of the National Sports Festival in 2015. Various teams have held their training camps in the prefecture: the Danish Football Team for the 2002 World Cup, the French Athletic Team for the World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, the Athletics Australia for the World Championships in Beijing in 2015, as well as Japanese national teams and professional teams of soccer and rugby.
Wakayama Prefecture is very close to the Kansai International Airport, and it is only a 30 minutes drive from the airport to Wakayama City, the capital city of the prefecture. There is also a domestic airport "Nanki Shirahama Airport" in the resort town Shirahama located in the southern part of the prefecture, and three return flights are available to and from Tokyo everyday.
Famous as one of the best hot spring resorts, Wakayama Prefecture attracts many tourists who enjoy hot springs. Relaxing in the hot springs will heal the body and mind of athletes after training. Wakayama Prefecture boasts the UNESCO World Heritage site, known as the "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range". Koyasan and Kumano, the two main areas of the World Heritage, were given the highest rating of 3 stars in the world-famous guide. The roads leading to Koyasan and Kumano are also part of the World Heritage site. There are only 2 pilgrimage routes which are registered as the World Heritage Site in the world. The other is "Way of St. James" in Spain, and these two unique pilgrimage routes have deepened exchanges through "Sister Road Agreement". Thanks to four distinctive seasons and warm climate, Wakayama Prefecture is one of the major producers of fruits in Japan as is therefore called the Fruits Kingdom. Wakayama Prefecture is also abundant in fresh and delicious sea food. We would be very happy if you chose Wakayama Prefecture with all of its attractive features as your training camp site. We are looking forward to welcoming you.