|• Governor||Yoshinobu Nisaka|
|• Total||4,725.67 km2 (1,824.59 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2012)|
|• Density||209.49/km2 (542.6/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-30|
|Flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|Tree||Ubame oak (Quercus phillyraeoides)|
|Bird||Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonica)|
On July 17–18, 1953, a torrential heavy rain occurred, followed by collapse of levees, river flooding and landslides in a wide area. Many bridges and houses were destroyed. According to an officially confirmed Japanese Government report, 1,015 people died, with 5,709 injured and 7,115 houses lost.
Nine cities are in Wakayama Prefecture:
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Wakayama supplies most of Japan with its high production of mikans (Mandarin Oranges) in October.
Wakayama is ranked 39th by population in Japan with a population of 989,983. It is the least populated prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan.
Its population is declining.
Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san?) in the Ito District is the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. It is home to one of the first Japanese style Buddhist temples in Japan and remains a pilgrimage site and an increasingly popular tourist destination as people flock to see its ancient temples set amidst the towering cedar trees at the top of the mountain. The Sacred sites and pilgrimage routes in the Kii Mountain Range extend for miles throughout the prefecture and together have been recognized as Japan's 11th UNESCO World Heritage site.
Wakayama Prefecture has friendship and sister relationships with six places outside Japan: Richmond, Canada; Shandong, People's Republic of China; Pyrénées-Orientales, France; Florida, United States; Sinaloa, Mexico; and Galicia, Spain.
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