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
    253 Reviews
    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.

    There are several different stalls selling fresh and frozen fish, as well as pickled vegetables, marinaded squid and frozen crab. At the back, there are shopsmthat you can order sushi or charashi...

  • Katsuura Fishing Port Nigiwai Market
    45 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 7-12
    A fishing port located in Nachikatsuura Town, a part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range World Heritage Site. The port serves as a base for tuna longline fishing and boasts the greatest catches of fresh tuna in Japan. Tuna auctions are also held here early in the morning, and visitors can watch this taking place from a second-floor observation deck. The Katsuura Fishing Port Nigiwai Market is held at the port every Sunday morning. Visitors to the market can purchase fresh seafood at bargain prices. In addition, the Nankikatsuura Onsen hot spring district is located right next door, making it easy to plan a fun-filled sightseeing route.

    Went in after the tuna auction for some fresh quality tuna. Did not disappoint ! Its a very small market with around 15-20 shops. But their food s great ! Outdoor dining area available as well

  • Saikazaki Fishing Port Direct Sales Store (Union of Kansai Governments Direct Sales Market)
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Saikazaki 1162 Saikazaki Fishery Cooperative
    This fishermen's market is operated by Saikazaki Fishing Port. Here you can purchase seafood delivered straight from the boats which can be seen dotting Saikazaki Fishing Port. The market is filled with shipping crates and styrofoam boxes, and customers speak directly to one of the fisherman working inside, saying what fish they want and negotiating the price. Operating hours vary by season; between October and mid-May, fresh green tiger prawn, sea bream, red tonguesole, and other fresh seafood is delivered to the market from 3 p.m. onward. Seafood delivers occur from 8:30 p.m. onward from mid-May until Sports Day in October, and during this time the market is filled with daggertooth pike conger and southern rough shrimp. Note that the market is closed on days with poor weather.
  • JA Arida Farmer's Market Aridakko
    3 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Habu 33-1
    This farmer's market located on Prefectural Route 22 in Habu, Aridagawa Town, Arida County, sells agricultural produce direct from farmers. On sale are fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, always in season, as well as the famous Wakayama tangerines, Arida Mikan. Food fairs and food education events are also held from time to time.


  • Minato Matsuri
    10 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 1557-20
    This municipal marine facility is near Kushimoto Ohashi Bridge, which services Kii Oshima Island. The fishing town of Kushimoto Town is greatly affected by the Kuroshio Current, and Minato Matsuri collaborates on the distribution and development of various marine products with the Fisheries Experiment Station of the adjacent Wakayama Research Center of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The souvenir corner on the first floor sells fresh, high-grade seafood such as Kushimoto brand Shorasan bonito, spiny lobster, and abalone. Their second-floor eatery offers rice bowls made from locally harvested seafood, and their highly popular Sanshokudon Meal Set features young shirasu sardines, tobiko flying fish roe, and raw tuna.


  • Toutouan
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Momoyamachoumoto 901
    Toutouan is a sweet shop owned by Yabumoto Hatashita Orchards, a producer of peaches. This popular shop has been featured on television, and the customers’ favorite dish is Peach Milk Gelato. Another bestseller, and one made in only limited quantities each day, is a parfait ringed with the pieces of a freshly cut peach. The shop also offers a full menu of items made with fruit produced in Wakayama Prefecture. Toutouan is open from March to December, and business hours vary according to the time of the year.

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  • 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
    1 Reviews
    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
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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
    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.
  • 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
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

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  • 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
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

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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