Wakayama Prefecture

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Main City: Wakayama

Population: 964,000 people, ranking 40/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 4,726 km2 [2]


Geographical / Landscape description

Wakayama Prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean, and is located in the south-western part of the Kii Peninsula. 75% of the land is covered by forests and mountains. [2]


The climate is generally mild. [2]

Recent history, culture

The prefecture is home of the Mt. Koya known as the world headquarters of the Koyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism since 819. Mt Koya and various pilgrimage roads along the forests of the prefecture were listed as World Heritage places. It is said that soy sauce was originally created by a priest living in Wakayama Prefecture during the Kamakura period (1185-1333). [2][3]


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  • Infrastructure
  • Living environment
  • Major types of economic activities
  • Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
  • Setting up a business in the prefecture
  • Other contacts
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