|Map of Japan with Wakayama highlighted|
|Area (rank)||4,725.67 km² (30th)|
|- % water||0.04%|
|Population (April 1, 2012)|
|- Population||989,983 (39th)|
|- Density||209.49 /km²|
|- Flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|- Tree||Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)|
|- Bird||Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)|
| Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture|
Symbol of Wakayama Prefecture
|Template ■ Discussion|
Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県 Wakayama-ken) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshū. The capital is the city of Wakayama. Wakayama Prefecture is surrounded by Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, Mie Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokushima Prefecture.
Wakayama's southwestern coastline faces the Seto Inland Sea and its southeastern coastline is on the Pacific Ocean. The northern borders of the prefecture meet Osaka Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Mie Prefecture.
There are nine cities in Wakayama Prefecture:
Towns and villages
These are the towns and villages in each district:
National Parks are established in about 9% of the total land area of the prefecture.
Shrines and Temples
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Wakayama prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 1026; "Kansai" at p. 477.
- Nussbaum, "Wakayama" at p. 1025.
- Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
- Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
- "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-3-13.