Seven Tour Courses (Root)

粉河寺 Kokawa Temple
2787 Kokawa, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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Historic Kokawa Temple is the third of 33 holy temples of pilgrimage in western Japan, and often receives pilgrims even today. The karesansui garden (a style of garden expressing a landscape without using water) in front of the main temple, which attracts people with its dynamic form, has been designated as a national scenic spot. (About 3 min. from Kokawa intersection on Route 24, about 20 km/35 min. from Kaminogo IC) Tel: 0736-73-4830 (main temple) / 0736-73-3255 (main residence)

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青洲の里(フラワーヒルミュージアム)Seishu-no-Sato(Flower Hill Museum) 
473 Nishinoyama, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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– Designed by Kurokawa Kisho using mandrake flowers for the motif –

The theme of the museum is Medicine, Diet, Nature and Health. The facility consists of a main exhibition room, a restaurant and a shop. The main room exhibits groundbreaking Japanese surgeon Hanaoka Seishu’s medical instruments, glasses and scrupulously recorded data along with samples concerning treatment that illustrate the greatness of his achievements. The Hana restaurant serves dishes made with local seasonal vegetables. The on-site shop specializes in local products.
This remarkable building was designed by leading Japanese architect Kurokawa Kisho.
(About 2 min. north of Kojima intersection on Route 24, about 24 km/45 min. from Kaminogo IC)
Tel: 0736-75-6008

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青洲の里(春林軒) Seishu-no-Sato(Shunrin-ken)
473 Nishinoyama, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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– The dwelling and clinic of Hanaoka Seishu –

The building compound here used to be the dwelling, clinic and medical school of groundbreaking Japanese surgeon Hanaoka Seishu. The main house and warehouse are the original versions, and the other buildings have been restored based on excavation research data. The rooms of the main house were used as a waiting room, a consulting room and a guest room. In each area, scenes of surgery employing anesthesia for the first time, anesthesia experiments on his family and lectures to his students are reproduced using manikins, voice recordings and sound.
(About 2 min. north of Kojima intersection on Route 24, about 24 km/45 min. from Kaminogo IC) Tel: 0736-75-6008

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三船神社 Mifune Shrine
101 Kouda, Momoyama-cho, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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Mifune Shrine, located on a small hill up a flight of stone steps, is a masterpiece of Momoyama architecture. The three buildings, which are designated as important national cultural assets, are thatched with Japanese cypress bark. The richly colored structures have a vivid and magnificent appearance.
(About 3 min. south of Arakawa Junior High School intersection on Route 424, about 19 km/35 min. from Sennan IC)

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和歌山電鐵 (伊太祈曽駅 > 甘露寺前駅)
Wakayama Electric Railway(Idakiso Station > Kanrojimae Station)

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The Omocha-densha train is also known as Omoden – a hybrid term derived from the Japanese words for “toy” (omocha) and “train” (densha).

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平池公園 Hiraike Park
Kishigawa-cho, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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Hiraike is a pond inhabited by rare water plants and a variety of waterfowl and migratory birds. The spot is a big attraction for birdwatchers.
(2 min. walk from Kanroji-mae Station on the Kishigawa Line, about 20 km/35 min. from Sennan IC)

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紀伊国分寺(歴史民俗資料館) Kii Kokubunji Temple(Historical museum) 
682-6 Higashikokubu, Kinokawa-shi, Wakayama-ken

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Kokubunji is the name given to a series of temples built in 60 locations throughout the country in the 13th year of Tempyo (741) by order of Emperor Shomu, and Kii Kokubunji is part of this series. The foundation stone of the seven-storied pagoda in its original form can still be seen, giving a flavor of the olden days. The renovated main temple and the restored foundation of the Sermon Hall give a clear sense of the temple’s history.
Visitors to the Museum of History and Folkways can learn about historical changes, people’s way of life and arts and crafts through photographs, charts, illustration panels and models.
(About 5 min. north of Shimoisaka intersection on Route 24, about 20 km/35 min. from Kaminogo IC)
Tel: 0736-77-0090

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