At a Glance
Wakuya is a peaceful town about a 25 minute drive from Furukawa with a population of 19,000 plus 1 JET. It has a samurai castle called Wakuya Castle (which is famous for its cherry blossom festival in April). There is a gold museum (天平ローマン館), as gold was discovered here during the Heian Period. The gold was used to cover the Daibutsu of Nara, and for 600 yen, you can pan for your own gold! There's also an old temple on top of a mountain called Konpoudera (こんぽう寺).There's a golf course, an awesome karaoke place, and a couple of Western-food restaurants. Luckily for you, Wakuya is train-accessible.
Places to Eat
Places to Visit
Things to Do
Miyagi Lapras Pokemon Manhole - Mudsdale
You can find Mudsdale by walking a bit from Wakuya Station. It's in a weird spot inside the parking lot area at the meeting hall area next to the pachinko parlor. Why Mudsdale? Because Wakuya is where the first gold mine was created! Now, Wakuya is known for it's rice production.
Tenpyo Roman-kan - 天平ろまん館
Located right next to Koganeyama Shrine in Wakuya, this museum is a great visit! This is the place where much of the gold used in the construction of the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple was mined from. For 1100 yen, you can take a look inside the museum for a quick history lesson on how gold was mined in the Nara Period AND you can try your hand out gold panning yourself!