Summary of Wakayama Prefecture
Capital City: Wakayama
Population in 2014 (thousands): 970
Area (square km): 4,724
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Danjo Garan Temple Complex , Mt. Koya)
Mt. Koya: This sacred mountain site, founded in 816 by the Japanese monk Kobo Daishi (Kukai), celebrates the 1200th anniversary of its foundation in 2015. In 2004 it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
Danjo Garan Temple Complex: This is believed to have been the site of the first complex built by Kukai when he came to Mt. Koya, and the view of the Danjo Garan with the Konpon Daito Great Stupa at its heart is one of the most famous sights on the mountain. In 1977, the Garan Area was designated a National Historic Site as part of the Kongobuji Temple precincts, and the Great Stupa, Kondo (Main Hall), and other buildings within these precincts constitute Japan’s first full-scale monastic complex dedicated to esoteric Buddhism.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Nachi Falls)
Nachi Falls: Japan’s highest and best-known waterfalls cascade down the bare rock of a 133-meter-tall vertical cliff, and were designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty in 1972. Together with the Nachi Primeval Forest that extends behind them, they are part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the stunning view of the falls harmonizing with the three-story pagoda in the foreground is one of the most famous landscapes in the Kumano Sanzan (the three Grand Shrines of Kumano).
Coin Sets containing Wakayama Coins
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 82 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, “Proof Version”
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, “Brilliant Uncirculated Version”
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 82 yen stamps, “Brilliant Uncirculated Version”
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin “2015 Seven-Coin Set” (Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Fukuoka, Wakayama, Osaka, Nagasaki, and Chiba)