Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Wakayama Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. KISHIMOTO Shuhei, Governor
Assumed the governorship in December 2022 (first term)





4724.68km2 (2023)


895,931 (as of April 2023)
Men: 422,269 Women: 473,662


Nominal: JPY 3.6251 trillion
Real: JPY 3.4581 trillion (both in FY2020)



Wakayama City

Geographic features

Wakayama Prefecture is located in the Kii Peninsula, which is the largest in Japan, and Shionomisaki Cape in Kushimoto Town is the southernmost point of the main island of Japan. Most of its land is mountainous and flatlands are along rivers which originate from the Kii mountains that altitude is about 1000 meters. There is a 648km beautiful rias coastline from Wakayama city to Shingu city, and it offers a variety of different landscapes.


Main industries

Steel, Oil, Chemicals, Agriculture (notably fruit production), Forestry and Fisheries


Prefectual Tree Ubamegashi Oak
Prefectual Flower Plum Blossom
Prefectual Bird White-eye
Prefectual Fish Tuna

Number of visitors

29,138,000 (2022)

Administrative Divisions

Wakayama Prefecture---9 cities, 20 towns, 1 village

Official website

(As of March, 2024)