Location of the center and History of Wakayama
Wakayama is a prefecture in the Kinki Region located on the western side of the Kii Peninsula, the largest in Japan. The peninsulafs name originates from the old name for the prefecture, Kii No Kuni (a part of which is now Mie Prefecture). In the Edo Period it was the domain of Lord Kishu Tokugawa, a member of one of the top three Tokugawa-related families. He placed the Ando Clan as chief retainers in the Tanabe area and the Mizuno Clan in Shingu.
With its blue ocean, deep mountains, Mt. Koya and the three famous mountains of Kumano, it is a region blessed with nature, history and culture. Situated in the Kinki Region, with Wakayama City at its center, the coastal area in the north of the prefecture is home to steel plants and heavy chemical industries, such as oil refineries, however due to location issues, these sites do not compare to the scale of development found in Osaka or Hyogo Prefectures. The center and southern parts of the prefecture enjoy a warm climate and agriculture, forestry and fisheries flourish, producing a large number of agricultural products such as Arida Tangerines and Nanko Plums as well as other famous and unique products.
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