At Banshoyama Park, you can enjoy wonderful scenery and rich natural environments that Engetsuto Islet and tower island view, which is appointed in Yoshino-Kumano National Park.
This nature park is just a short walk from the Rinkai stop on the Meiko Bus town loop. It is located at the southern edge of Tanabe Bay, and there’s a view from the park’s three lookouts of the Engetsu and Tojima Islands. As the park once was home to a botanical garden and a zoo, some unusual flora and fauna remain to this day. In summer and autumn, you might spot the oyadokari hermit crab, a protected species and designated as Natural Monument.
The grounds also host the Minakata Kumagusu Museum which display documents and so on from Minakata Kumagusu, a native of Wakayama Prefecture known as a scholar of natural history and folklore. You can have your fill of both nature and history along with the park’s zodiac carvings.
Address: 3601-1, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun, Wakayama
Admission: Free of charge
Business hours: From 9:00 to 17:00
Regular holiday: No days off
Parking Lot: Available (31spaces)
Ease of Access
It is about 15 minutes by car from JR Kisei Main Line “Shirahama Station”
It is about 20 minutes by car from Kisei Expressway “Nankishirahama IC”
itoki bus stop “seaside” getting off is about 10 minutes on foot
Minakata Kumagusu Museum
Dedicated to Wakayama-born biologist and naturalist Minakata Kumagusu, this museum tells the story of his life, recounting his achievements in the study of molds and fungi. The displays include written works, study materials, personal effects and other items.
Open Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Holidays: Thursdays, New Year holidays
Admission: Adults: ¥400