Take a cruise around the "Doro-kyo" Valley
Situated in eastern Wakayama at the border of Nara and Mie prefectures, the Doro-kyo Valley is a 31KM-long ravine along the Kitayama-gawa River. Designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, this valley was formed over centuries of powerful erosion, creating a dramatic landscape of gigantic rocks and vertical cliffs. The best way to enjoy this magnificent scenery is to hop on a cruise that takes you on a languorous tour along the emerald-green waters.
Enjoy thrills and spills at the Nagashima Spa Land
This sprawling resort includes several attractions for the family — from outlet shopping to a verdant Flower Park — but the main draw is, of course, Nagashima Spa Land. The amusement park offers over 40 adrenaline-pumping rides, including one that does a full vertical loop. For something a little less high-octane, you may want to try the Ferris Wheel, which offers spectacular views of the Ise Bay. There is also a water park on-site to keep the young ones entertained.