Travel to Europe in Wakayama

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Wakayama is recognized for their Wakayama Castle, Nachi Falls, Shirahama Beach and the cat named Tama. There’s one place that tourists should add to their Wakayama’s bucket list to complete the trip.

Located on an artificial island of Wakayama City Bay, Wakayama Marina City is the place where you can explore Japan in a slightly different landscape. Overlooking the sea view, you’ll find a European inspired theme park called Porto Europa inside the marina city. Imagine being in a European country without actually going to Europe. Porto Europa is the perfect destination for a one-day trip and perfect for your Instagram feed too!


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Opened in July 1994, the buildings were constructed with a European concept. Porto Europa consists of three areas, such as the French town, the Spanish castle and an Italian village. You’ll notice the distinctive features as you wander around the theme park.

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Here, you’ll also discover plenty of places that are definitely Instagram-worthy. The Water Fountain Square, Stone Steps, Small Square, The Castle, and The Slope are the best spots to take photos to compliment the place.

As you walk from the entrance bridge, you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous water fountain located at the heart of Porto Europa.

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Should you take a picture with the mermaid or by the stairs to Monte Carlo in this small square?

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The Slope.

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Stone Steps.

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The Spanish style castle.

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Other than these photo spots, you should also visit Porto Europa’s amusement park and try out their rides and games. Even though the entrance to Porto Europa is free, their amusement park, however, requires an admission ticket. For adults, the entrance fee is ¥3,500 and for children is ¥2,900.

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Some of the attractions you can play are the Mystery Treasure Island, Astro Space Fighter and Café Cinnamon. You should also try the 48 meters tall Ferris wheel called WAKKA to catch the beautiful scenic view of Porto Europa. Attractions like Wave Swinger, Pinester and Twin Dragons gondola will make you scream your lungs out. Recently, the amusement park added the latest feature which is a virtual reality game called Ninja. In addition, try The High-Diving water ride and Water Show if you don’t mind being splashed by water. For your own comfort, bring extra clothes to change afterward.

WAKKA and Twin Dragon gondola.

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High-Diving water ride.

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On weekends and public holidays, visitors will be entertained with unique acts such as juggling, tightrope walking, street dance and many impressive shows by street performers. There are also performances by animals like eagles, owls, and dogs where they will put on astounding tricks to amaze the crowds. However, these street performances will be canceled in the event of rain or poor weather.


One of the shops in Porto Europa.

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Need to revive your stamina after all the screaming and sweating? Go to Cafe Italia to savor Italian cuisine or other Japanese restaurants and a food court. If you want to sip on your coffee, hang out at Tully’s Coffee or Kurosawa Ranch to get their soft serve ice-cream. They also opened up a few small stalls near the game attractions for you to quench your thirst.

Don’t forget to visit Porto Europa Gift Shop to get fancy European themed items and Porto Garden to purchase plants, flower seeds, and gardening tools. You can also shop for Japanese goods like plush toys at Hanahana.

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Porto Europa

Address: 1527 Kemi, Wakayama, Wakayama Prefecture 641-0014, Japan

Operating Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Operating Days: Open every day except on Tuesday

Admission Fees (Applicable for theme park only): ¥3,500 (Adult), ¥2,900 (Children)

Closest Train Station: Wakayama Station

Website: https://www.marinacity.com/eng/europa/


Wakayama Marina City Hotel

If you plan to spend the night, we recommend Wakayama Marina City Hotel because they have the best view of the sunset and all the rooms are facing the ocean. The hotel is decorated with Italian furnishings and features three types of room, such as the Ocean View Bath Balcony Room, Ocean View Bath Suite Room, and a Standard Room. Whichever room you choose to stay in, your eyes will be seeing a beautiful view in every corner.

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Ocean View Bath Suite Room.

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Other than that, Wakayama Marina City Hotel includes two fine dining restaurants that serve both Italian and Japanese cuisine. If you opt for Italian dishes, try the Caro E Cara Restaurant. The meals are prepared by Chef Saito. Meanwhile, for Japanese cuisine, you can go to Shikisai Restaurant and enjoy their delicious Kaiseki. For tea time, overlooking the garden view, enjoy fancy cakes and pastries in Café & Bakery Caterina.

Caro E Cara Restaurant.

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In addition, the hotel also includes a relaxing body care ‘Nagomi’ for guests to relax after spending hours in the marina city. In conclusion, Wakayama Marina City Hotel is the perfect place to unwind after your one-day trip to Porto Europa. Before leaving, don’t forget to make your way to the famous Kuroshio Market to taste their seafood and to purchase fresh fish. Travel to Porto Europa, Wakayama and have a jolly good trip.

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Wakayama Marina City Hotel

Address: 1517 Kemi Wakayama-Shi, Wakayama, Japan 641-0014

Contact Number:  +81-73-448-1111

Website: http://www.marinacity.com/hotel/en/

 

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
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