Wakayama Add-on

                      Wakayama Add-on
                      Wakayama Add-on
                      Wakayama Add-on

The Concept

Schools enjoy visiting Wakayama, considered the agricultural heartland of Japan. Wakayama is also famous for the Three Grand Shrines and the Kumano Pilgrimage Routes, but groups also visit for the chance to experience the real Japan.

Wakayama is famous for its high quality produce with growing conditions ideal for Peaches, Plums, Strawberries, Blueberries, Melon, Grapes Tomatoes, Ume and much more. Our suggested itinerary is listed here however visits can be arranged to meet farmers and also production factories where students will learn about the specific growing conditions and climate in this region

Please note that rice planting, fruit picking and harvesting as well as a Farmstay experience are available for those seeking a unique Japanese homestay experience.

This add-on is based on departing and arriving into Osaka, but can be added to any Japan itinerary you may be considering.

Itinerary Day By Day


After breakfast and check out, make your way to Osaka station for the local train to Wakayama (1 hour). On arrival, make your way to your hotel and after check in board your coach for the Yuasa Machigoto Soy Sauce Factory. Meet your guide on arrival and enjoy a tour (English) of the oldest Soy Sauce factories in Japan. The tour concludes with the chance to try Soy Sauce ice cream – its better than you think!

Your coach will then take you to a local restaurant nearby for lunch, followed by a guided tour of the Old Town of Yuasa. Many of the old buildings have been converted into museums, the best of which is the old Bathhouse where you will gain an understanding of life in Japan many centuries ago. Stop by the Visitors Centre and try a local peach before boarding your coach and returning to Wakayama city. Dinner is own arrangements this evening, we recommend the food court next door to the hotel offering an array of Japanese style meal options.


After breakfast board your coach and make your way to the nearby Kishu Lacquerware Factory for your workshop. You will learn the history of this ancient and traditional handcraft before sitting down to create your own lacquerware creation to take home with you. Your coach will then travel down to Shirahama, one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Japan and also home to the incredible Adventure Word Theme Park. Must-see activities include the dolphin show, Australian outback horse experience, Safari World and the many spectacular rides and attractions but the Panda breeding program is the highlight of your visit. You will have the opportunity to see these beautiful animals close up and learn about the successful breeding program in place here. Then its back on the coach for the return to Wakayama city, returning in time for dinner. Dinner is own arrangements this evening, we recommend the food court next door to the hotel offering an array of Japanese style meal options.


Following breakfast at your hotel, visit Wakayama Castle and learn the rich history of this castle originally built in 1585, destroyed in 1948 and rebuilt in 1958.Return to your hotel to collect your bags and board the train for Osaka.

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Wakayama City
  • Private coach transfers as required
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B, L, D)
  • Entrance fees, guides and workshop for Yuasa Soy Sauce Factory, Yuasa Old Town, Kishu Lacquerware Factory, Shirahama Adventure World, Wakayama Castle