Wakayama- The Rematch!
I visited Wakayama just before the new year, and found it to be a strange and empty place. Yet I felt I hadn’t seen the city properly, so I decided to take another trip back, when shops weren’t closed for the new year.
Subsequently, my opinion of the place has changed somewhat.
It's still a little full of empty space for my taste, but there are signs of life in Wakayama.
The corridor bridge of Wakayama Castle, a small but celebrated piece of the city's historical architecture.
The inner courtyard of Wakayama Castle. After the behemoth fortress that is Osaka Castle, Wakayama Castle seems small and intimate. Funny thing, they were owned by the same family.
Talk about juxtaposition. The steel mills that are the center of Wakayama's industry, viewed from the castle that was the center of Wakayama's industry three hundred years ago.
The most built-up part of Wakayama's city center
And now for something completely different. I had heard that the southern edge of Wakayama city was known for its bay, Waka-no-Ura.
So I made my way there for a little peace and quiet
Waka-no-Ura Tenmangu shrine. The fisheye effect of the lens doesn't properly convey the apparent steepness of those steps.
The sun was setting, so I stuck around to see it sink behind the clouds. I noted in my last visit that Wakayama is much warmer than Osaka. This time, I took off my jacket, and even my shoes and socks to go on the beach.
In other news, I have obtained something very valuable- an unexpected three-day vacation! I think I should travel further afield. Any suggestions?