Wakayama Castle, a symbol of Wakayama city, is located on the top of Mt. Torafusu at the center of Wakayama city. The graceful interconnected building style is similar to that of Himeji Castle (UNESCO world heritage). It used to be a national treasure, but unfortunately it was burned down to the ground during the WWII. However, the castle was reconstructed in 1958 with the passion of Wakayama citizens. As a result, the façade and the features of the original castle have been restored again. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Wakayama city from the castle towers.
In spring, the castle grounds are filled with beautiful cherry blossoms from some 600 trees. If you are lucky, you may come across Ninjas helping tourists and have a chance to take photos with them.
Also, you can experience the Japanese tea ceremony at the tea house in the beautiful Nishinomaru-Teien Garden of Wakayama castle.