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Groceries Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Nanki Shirahama Toretore Market
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2521
    Located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture, Toretore Market is one of the largest seafood markets in western Japan and is operated by the local Katata Fishery Cooperative. Boasting grounds some 50 thousand square meters in size, the market is filled with fresh seafood not only from Wakayama but around the country. A diverse array of processed goods, meats, vegetables, and even Wakayama souvenirs are sold here, and the market bustles constantly with visitors. Market highlights include the giant tanks filled with fish swimming around while waiting to be sold and the popular tuna butchering shows. Visitors can eat sushi and seafood rice bowls at Toretore Yokocho; the market’s seafood barbecue is also popular.
  • Kuroshio Market
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    You’ll find this seafood market on the manmade Wakayama Marina City island in Wakayama Bay, Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. The building has a retro Showa-period atmosphere complete with a fresh fish market with catches from the nearby sea and all over the world, a food court where you can enjoy a seafood rice bowl and sushi, and restaurants with tons of seafood options. There’s also a spectacular tuna slicing show held three times a day, not to mention a seafood barbecue area where you can feel the sea breeze and see the ocean while grilling fresh fish you bought at the market.
  • Kamasen
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Ichinono 3917-1
    "This kamaboko(boiled fish-paste) shop is located along the Nachisan-Katsuura Line (Prefectural Road 46) in Nono, Nachikatsuura Town, Higashimuro County. It offers a full lineup of kamaboko and other nerimono (paste products) made at the adjacent factory. This includes their Isonanba, which is made exclusively by hand, and their Yamaimo Kamaboko, which include an entire Japanese yam. Other offerings include tsukudani (simmered seafood preserves) made with tuna from Katsuura Fishing Port, processed whale meat, sweets, souvenirs, and more. There is also the day-use bathhouse ""Tennen Onsen Kumano no Sato"" as well as a restaurant."
  • Seafood Market at Fisherman’s Wharf of Shirahama
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1667-22
    Seafood Market at the seaside leisure spot of Fisherman’s Wharf of Shirahama in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama. Find fresh fish packed together, including horse mackerel, chicken grunt, sea bream, etc. You can choose your favorite fish then have it prepared for you as sashimi, or boiled or grilled and made into an original seafood dish that you can enjoy on the spot. They have indoor and terrace seating.
  • Plum Koubou Honten
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunminabechou Oshine 1187
    A souvenir shop operated by a Wakayama Nankoume pickled plum producer founded in 1906. The shop is located in Minabe Town, Hidaka County, Wakayama Prefecture. In addition to umeboshi, the shop also sells a variety of original products, including plum sweets and seasonings. Some of the shop’s most popular varieties of umeboshi include sweet umeboshi made with honey, umeboshi with kombu kelp, and old-fashioned Shiso (Japanese basil) picked plums. With an advance reservation, visitors can tour the workshop and try making umeboshi and plum juice. The shop’s second floor is a café where you can enjoy tea and umeshu plum liqueur.
  • Kasakuni
    47 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 764
    A Japanese sweet shop located in the Koyasan area in Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture. The shop is famous for its grilled rice cakes, a favorite treat for visitors to Koyasan to eat, as well as the Miroku-ishi, a renowned sweet named after the stone of the same name found on the grounds of the Okunoin Temple. The shop’s hijiri yokan jelly is made according to an ancient treasured written recipe; this historic culinary gem was once an essential part of local Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. The shop’s display shelves are also filled with a variety of other sweets popular among visitors to the area, including monaka bean jam filled wafers and senbei rice crackers branded with the local mascot character Koya-kun.

    You can choose between several sweets; the price is correct (you spend almost 110/150 yen each one) and there is a beautiful space where you can eat them. NB:you can freely drink water, hot tea or...

  • Hamadaya
    97 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 444
    This famous sesame tofu restaurant on Mt. Koya, Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama, has continued for five generations since the Meiji period. It has appeared in travel magazines and TV programs. Sesame tofu is made simply by taking the core of white sesame, and adding kuzu (arrowroot) and water, giving it a thick and slightly oily clear taste. You can take-out or eat-in and try their wasabi soy sauce or wasanbon sugar. The shop closes when it sells out.

    Had lunch in this restaurant. Very good traditional vegetarian food, better than what was offered in Kongo Samnaiin. But it is an expensive lunch even by Japaneese standards.

  • Fuzen
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 712
    A long-standing namafu wheat gluten block specialty shop located in the Koyasan area in Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture which was founded in the Edo Bunsei period. Cherished since long ago as the only namafu shop in the Koyasan area, Fuzen supplies pilgrim’s lodging facilities in the area with traditional namafu, an essential part of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. The sasa-maki anpu, sweet strained bean paste wrapped in namafu mixed with Japanese mugwort, is a popular souvenir for tourists visiting Koyasan. The chewy texture, elegant sweetness, and invigorating aroma of mugwort and bamboo grass make this famed sweet an irresistible treat.
  • Tamai Shohonpo Osakaya Sanuemon Store
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunyuasachou Yuasa 531
    Said to be the origin of soy sauce, this long-established store has been making Kishu Kinzanji Miso for over 400 years. The unchanging hand-made recipe has been passed from father to son and is famous as a local specialty of Yuasa. Kishu Kinzanji Miso is made by picking vegetables such as gourds, eggplant, ginger, and beefsteak plant in rice, soy beans, and barley malt. This is great with rice or as snacks with liquor. To locals it’s an almost indispensable side dish for the local cuisine, Kishu Tea Porridge. The nearest train station is Yuasa Station.
  • Katsu-ura Kaisanbutsu Center
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 5-1-1
    This souvenir shop is in front of Kii-Katsuura Station and carries nearly 500 specialty Wakayama products, with a focus on marine products. It is operated by a fish shop and guarantees the freshness of its fish and dried products. There’s tuna, whale, horse mackerel, common squid, and other fish along with processed goods. You’ll also find Kishu dried plums, kelp, wakame sea vegetable, local sake, sweets made from orange and plum, and more. There’s even a rest area you can use while waiting for the train.
  • Momijiya Honpo
    4 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 470
    This yokan (sweet bean jelly) specialty shop is in Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It opened in 1900 and operated over four generations before closing down once. The current owner used recipes he found in his grandfather’s Buddhist altar to recreate the original taste. The shop’s flagship product is the “hon-neri yokan,” of which only 200 can be produced daily. Each one is carefully made using Hokkaido azuki beans and agar from Osaka. The shop was recently awarded first place at the Monde Selection competition. The surface is crispy and has a unique dry texture.

    甘さ控えまで美味しい羊羹です。 一本が結構いいお値段なので、少しずつ味わっていただいています。 表面がカリカリの羊羹は 年配の人には懐かしいようで、 お土産で喜ばれます。

  • Wakayama Farmers’ Mart Kinokuni Fruit Village
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kemi 1527
    You’ll find this farmer’s market on the manmade island “Wakayama Marina City” floating in Wakayama Bay in Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture. You’ll find seasonal fruits, vegetables, and processed goods from farmers throughout the prefecture. The onsite juice stand offers freshly squeezed orange and peach juice. There’s also rich ice cream made from fresh milk, and the “Kinokuni rolls” made with refined Japanese sugar (wasanbon) make popular souvenirs.
  • Nachiguro-souhonpo
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Moriura 438
    This long-established sweets manufacturer opened in 1877 and is famous for its “Nachiguro” black candy product, a well-known Wakayama product. The headquarters and factory are located in Taiji Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. There’s a showroom where various Nachiguro products are sold, such as “kuroame Nachiguro” and “tokusei kokuto karinto (fried cookies).” There’s also brown sugar made from sugar cane from Tokunoshima of the Amami archipelago and other Nachiguro products that really make you feel the blessings of Nangoku. Tour reservations available.
  • Maruso Kamabokoten
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Inside river 75-1
    This famous boiled fish paste producer is located in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The “Chijo no Sakana, Kamaten Kobo” workshop adjoins the facility. After the fish is purchased, the fish paste is produced in a series of processes that require not only machines, but also the careful skill of artisans. You’ll find a variety of new products that combine a traditional taste with a modern flourish. The most popular product is the “kamaten set,” which combines seven types of tempura. The “kamaten burger,” which contains fried minced fish, and panda-themed items are popular too.
  • Meijuan
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuranishi 360-1
    This local cafe is located in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The owner used to work as a French chef and fell in love with the Nanko-ume plums of Wakayama, so he moved here and opened this establishment. The floor hearths and sash windows evoke a nostalgic atmosphere. There’s croque-monsieur, warm soup, salad with handmade plum dressing, and more.
  • Ryujin Heart
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 165
    This café and shop built next to the Ryujin Roadside Station in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama stands out for its steepled log cabin design. It is operated by a group of women with a goal of revitalizing the region and inside the shop you’ll find additive-free goods for sale made from local ingredients. Here you can find local Ryujin souvenirs such as Yuzubeshi, which is a delicacy of barley miso and peanut mixed up and stuffed inside a yuzu citrus, or karinto sweet fried snacks made from rice dregs. In the café corner enjoy a light meal with options such as Ryujin miso croquettes, yuzu citrus juice, and cakes.
  • Uomasa
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1353-1
    This is a kamaboko (processed fish paste) specialty shop built in 1931 along Prefectural Route 34 in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County. The Nanba-yaki, a famous product of Nanki-Shirahama Onsen, is premium kamaboko using fresh fish caught in Kishu such as lizardfish and silver white croaker. In addition, the Gobomaki which is minced fish and burdock rolled in fish skin, then covered in traditional sauce before being grilled, is another popular specialty alongside Nanba-yaki. 
  • Shunsai-an Kadoya
    3 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Minoru 371-16
    This is a Japanese confectionery shop inside Toretore Market along Prefectural Route 31 in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County. They do demonstrations sales of Usukawa Manju made with moderately sweet bean jam and bell-shaped Suzuyaki castella cake. In addition, they also sell the famous Yuzu Monaka (bean-jam-filled wafers), Kai no Yume Monaka and their own cheesecake pudding.

    かどやのどら焼きは かど焼のブランド名ではんばいされてます。毎日焼かれてそのおいしさときたら 1度食べるとほかのどらやきは物足りなさを感じずにはいられないほどです。ぜひ、一度たべてみてください。わたしは毎月必ず食べてます。

  • Shoeido
    16 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 766
    This is a well-established Japanese confectionery shop established in the Ansei period (1855-1860) alongside Odawara-dori Street in Koyasan, Koya Town, Ito County. They sell excellent cakes including the famous Karukaya Mochi, Sanko no Hikari, Maki no Shizuku and Maki no Hana, as well as Buddhist altar equipment. On the second floor is a teashop, and on the third is a rest area. 

    よもぎのやきもちを買いました。 柔らかくてやさしいお味でよかったです。 お粉がふってあるのかと思ったら粉砂糖でした。 それもおいしかったです。

  • Kadohama Goma-dofu Sohompo Main Store
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 230
    This is a goma-dofu specialty shop in Koyasan, Koya Town, Ito County. They sell goma-dofu made with white sesame, Yoshino honkuzu (arrowroot) and water trickling from rocks deep in the mountains. As well as being supplied to Koyasan's temples including head temple Kongobu-ji, the tofu is also a popular souvenir for temple visitors. In addition, the shop has also set up a directly-operated restaurant around a two-minute walk away where one can enjoy goma-dofu cuisine.

Wakayama Areas


Wakayama prefecture unites pilgrims, food lovers, and culture buffs in a tranquil corner of Japan at the base of the Kii Peninsula. The setting for many a Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, Wakayama invites those in search of spirituality from one side of the prefecture to the other, from the 100-plus Buddhist temples of the sacred Mount Koya in the west to the inspiring temples of the Kumano Sanzan set among breathtaking nature in the east. Once the grueling hike is complete, make a beeline for Wakayama city to savor some of the country’s most delicious ramen noodles.

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