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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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。

  • 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.
  • Yottette Gobo Store
    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Fujitachou Yoshida 537-1
    This farmer's market located on Prefectural Route 26 in Yoshida, Fujita Town, Gobo City, sells agricultural produce direct from farmers. They sell farm products and processed food stuffs including fresh, safe, and inexpensive vegetables, fruits and flowers, such as cucumber, melon, small watermelons, and sea lavender, etc. The store aims to bring farmers and consumers together to reduce costs and make savings.
  • Chikatsuyu
    6 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 1810-1
    Chikatsuyu is a large drive-in area which offers food, souvenirs, and a chance to walk along the Kumano-kodo pilgrimage route. The place has a selection of specialty products typical of Wakayama Prefecture. In the food court you can have bowls of rice topped with Wakayama's famous brand of chicken “Umedori”, udon and soba noodles with Kumano beef, and soft ice cream made from the delicious Wakayama tangerines. Chikatsuyu is approximately 30 minutes by car from Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Hongu Onsen resort.

    You go through this village if on the Kumano Kodo. There are a few little eateries, snack and souvenir shops. There are done Japanese houses with exquisite gardens. It’s pretty deserted in the winter...

  • 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.
  • Kamikishiya (Hanasaka Store)
    7 Reviews
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Hana Saka 753-1
    "This venerable yakimochi (grilled rice cake) shop that has been in business for more than three centuries is located on National Route 480, which runs through the foothills of Mt. Koya. Their yakimochi are made with locally-grown glutinous rice and adzuki beans and have just the right amount of sweetness. The shop's plain and mugwort-flavored roasted rice cakes are also very popular as souvenirs. The first yakimochi is said to have been made by an old woman in 816, the same year that the monk Kukai first settled Mt. Koya. Her salt-flavored grilled rice cakes would quickly become famous as ""Hanasaka no yakimochi"" for their unique flavor. Hanasaka yakimochi would later be flavored with sugar starting in the Kamakura period. This shop carries on the more than 1,200 year-old tradition of Hanasaka yakimochi."

    高野山の通り道です。 店前にちょっとした駐車場有ります。 もちはヨモギと普通のと二種類。 お茶うけに良いです。

  • Horikawaya Nomura
    1 Reviews
    Wakayama Gobo-shi Sono 743
    This brewery is located a five-minute walk from Nishi-Gobo Station on the Kishu Railway. Best known for its famous Mitsuboshi Soy Sauce, it is the oldest extant brewery in Wakayama Prefecture, which is believed to be one of the places where soy sauce was first produced in Japan. The brewery continues to make its soy sauce by hand the traditional way using carefully-selected domestic ingredients without the use of any preservatives or artificial additives. Mitsuboshi Soy Sauce is a dark soy sauce with a sweetness and savoriness that can only come from domestic soybeans, a sharp flavor, and a clean aftertaste. Their popular Kinzanji Miso has little bits of gourd, eggplant, red shisho leaves, ginger, and other fresh local summer vegetables blended into the paste.


  • Amadaya
    Wakayama Gobo-shi Yukawacho Takara 664-6
    This venerable miso paste manufacturer is located a five-minute drive from Gakumon Station on the Kishu Railway. Established in 1808, the company makes and sells the Kishu Kinzanji Miso brand of handcrafted additive-free miso. Kinzanji Miso is made using traditional methods by inoculating domestic rice, barley, and soybeans with Aspergillus oryzae mold to create a koji fermentation starter, adding gourd, eggplant, ginger, and shiso leaf, and then fermenting the mixture with salt and sugar. The all-natural, artificial flavoring and additive-free miso makes it an excellent topping for a bowl of rice or ochazuke (tea and rice soup). We also recommend their barley miso, which combines the mild sweetness produced by the koji with the rich aroma of barley, as well as their white miso, which has a light and sweet flavor.
  • Jofukucha (Japanese Evergreen Spicebush Tea)
    Wakayama Shingu-shi Jofuku 1-4-24 Jofuku Park
    This shop located inside Jofuku Park a two-minute walk from JR Shingu Station sells Jofukucha, an original blended tea created by the Jofuku Association. It is a blend of Kumano green tea and Japanese evergreen spicebush (Lindera strychnifolia). Legend has it that the plant was discovered by the Chinese alchemist Xu Fu (known as Jofuku in Japan), who had come to Japan on the order of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang in search of the elixir of life. Jofukucha is a health drink made with roots and leaves of the plant, which have powerful free radical eliminating effects according to recent research. We recommend the tea, which is sold in tea bags as well as in 500 ml plastic bottles, both for personal use as well as a souvenir.
  • Tanaume Main Store
    1 Reviews
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Fukuromachi 39
    Located about a ten-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Route 42, near the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route, this is a venerable shop, founded in 1865, that sells Kamaboko (ready-to-eat processed seafood maintaining the taste and amount of protein of the fish). The shop's methods for making Kamaboko have remained unchanged since its founding, and each day begins with cutting fish into three slices by hand. The famous local specialty Nanbayaki is made by minced white croaker and shaping it into squares before roasting. The popular Gobomaki is made by mixing ground fish with lightly simmered burdock root, wrapping it in fish skin, and roasting it. Freshly made Kamaboko can be purchased in the shop, although the exact varieties may vary from day to day.


  • Ki no Sato
    2 Reviews
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Hongu 228-1
    This is a large souvenir shop located next to Kumano Hongu Shrine. It stocks things such as pickled plums, products made from unique local citrus fruits, Kisei plum wine, local sake, and other souvenirs of the Kumano area. Light meals are available inside, and since the interior is large, visitors can take their time looking over the merchandise. The shop is equipped with a parking lot that accommodates eight buses and 60 cars, and walking a bit from the parking lot and going up the stairs brings one to Kumano Hongu Shrine.


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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