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Wakayama Prefecture

Located on the south-western side of the Kii Peninsula in central Honshū, and bounded by Osaka Prefecture on the north, Nara and Mie prefectures on the east, the Kumano Sea and the Pacific Ocean on the south, and the Kii Channel on the west. With the exception of the plain around the capital, Wakayama, the prefecture is almost entirely occupied by mountains. The Wakayama area has long been noted for its Shinto and Buddhist holy places. The monastery complex on Mt.Kōya is still a major center of Japanese Buddhism. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)

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