Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Kaisen sushi toretore ICHIBA
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    3.5
    111 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2523-1
    This revolving sushi restaurant is located in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture near the Toretore seafood market. It is directly managed by the local fishermen’s cooperative. It is a popular establishment that offers amazingly fresh seasonal sushi toppings at reasonable prices. There are normally over 100 types available, including kelp bass, bluefin tuna, and other Wakayama specialties. There is counter seating as well as table seating available for both individuals and families.

    Sushi not fresh. I think this is worst than any sushi restaurant in Japan. Not sure why the ranking so high

  • Katsura-jo
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Katsura 398-11
    This is a local cuisine restaurant centered around bluefin tuna around an eight-minute walk from Kii-Katsuura Station in Katsuura, Nachikatsuura Town. They offer a variety of dishes using bluefin tuna unloaded at Katsuura Port, which welcomes some of Japan's best tuna catches. The most popular tuna set meal is one where diners can try bluefin tuna cuisine such as sashimi style, cutlet style and teppan-yaki style all at once.

    Went in, it was obvious from the start that the chef was in a bad mood when he told me that the place was closing st 19g (instead of 22h as advertised). I should have probably left...also my...

  • Hanabishi Koya-san Cooking
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    4.0
    64 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 769
    This famous restaurant in Mt. Koya, Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama has been offering local cuisine has been open since the Meiji period. The chef has cooked for the Emperor Showa and the Empress when they visited. Try traditional Mt. Koya cuisine that preserves the fundamentals of “five ways, five flavors, five colors” that combines method, taste and looks in cooking, and treasures a sense of season. Their popular affordable lunch “sankozen” is a type of kaiseki (multi-course) cuisine with their esteemed sesame tofu, dengaku (bean curds and miso) and an aperitif in a set meal.

    Found this place thanks to Happy Cow When we arrived we were asked to wait in line for a table; but were quickly seated at the only free table once I indicated,using Google Translate, that we had a...

  • Takehara
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    4.0
    61 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 4-3-23
    This dining facility is about a three-minute walk through the arcade from Kii-Katsuura Station, and it’s well-known for its local tuna dishes. The snug interior features only counter seats and is often filled with tourists as well as locals. The fresh tuna is bought directly from fishermen and has a viscous texture with a rich taste. The thick cuts of tuna sashimi are especially popular. There are also a la carte dishes and sets, and the place is busy in the afternoon and evening.

    While the welcome was a bit rough, the tuna we ate in this restaurant was amazing, much more tasty and structured than the frozen type we get from generic sushi restaurants. The tuna was fresh from...

  • Nanki-Shirahama Milk & Beer Hall Tsukumo
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3309-22 Ginza Building 1F (Shirahama Ginza Shopping Area)
    This small bistro and bar in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama, is near the Shirarahama beach area. With the gentle indoor lighting couples or friends can relax with a drink in the adult atmosphere. Alcohol options of course includes local specialty Nagisa Beer along with some great vintage wines and a variety of other choices. Their popular food options, which include stone oven pizzas and grilled short-horn beef, use fresh outdoor grown vegetables.

    We found this gem on the last night we had in Shirahama, and it was so lovely to have such a lovely hostess serve us and explain the menu - her English was limited but she was so friendly which made...

  • Ramen Marui (Juniban-cho)
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Junibanchou 87 Le Chateau Yodocho 1F
    The second location of the popular Ramen Marui situated in Nakanoshima, Wakyama City, the Juniban-cho shop is just a 10 minute walk from Wakayamashi Station. Making use of select ingredients such as chashu pork fillets made from Kagoshima Sanmi-ton pork, used in high class inns, the shop is particularly famous for using ryokuho kuronegi green onions, a type of kujonegi onion. The springy homemade noodles, tonkotsu broth slow-stewed over a two day period, and heaping helping of chopped spring onions whets the appetite. The shop also offers a full lunch weekday set menu; the half-sized ramen and rice set is particularly popular with women.

    Good taste ramen, a plenty of green onions make it more delicious. Regrettably I prefer more hard noodle.

  • Maguro Zanmai Nachi
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 2-3-10
    This tuna restaurant is a three-minute walk from Kii-Katsuura Station. Its head chef was the former head chef from a famous French restaurant. They are known for their original menu options that bring together western and Japanese techniques and show off the specialty ingredients of the region including freshly caught tuna and Kumano beef. Perhaps most popular is their Tuna Variety Meal which includes all sorts of prepared tuna dishes including tuna cutlet and stewed tuna. Along with western dishes including tuna spaghetti and tuna tomato, classic stews such as their standard tuna rice bowl are also popular.

    Not the best dining experience as was rushed, offered little time to choose. Tuna set was delicious and had a nice few different dishes. All good but nothing spectacular, there are better places in...

  • Barley
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2927-557
    This restaurant is connected directly to Shirahama’s beer makers Nagisa Beer, and is located in the scenic spot along the road between Senjojiki and Sandanbeki Cliffs. You can not only taste beer made with local waters straight from the factory, but also try food from their popular menu including ham and sausage made by German brewer Schindler, and light and fluffy omelet made from fresh local eggs. The spacious and bright interior is great for couples and families.

    We had lunch & some beers here. We liked the beers so we bought some to take home with us They also sell hats, t-shirts & other small souvenirs. The restaurant may be open only during high season...

  • Steak House Hinoki
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    4.5
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 1-1-13
    This steakhouse opened in 1972 in Nachikatsuura Town of Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It is run by the second-generation owner. Since its opening, its flagship item has been a hamburg made from 100% local high-quality “Kumano” beef. For lunch, there’s a set that includes a juicy hamburg along with Katsuura tuna steak. Hamburgers are popular, too. For dinner, you can enjoy steak made with Kumano beef and Japanese black beef as well as fresh grilled seafood.

    OMG we had the top of the range steak, teppanyaki style with grilled squid, prawns & vegetables. This was so good. The food was cooked to perfection by a wonderful friendly chef & the salad was great...

  • Kasakuni
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    4.5
    47 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...

  • Kiraku
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 890-48
    A popular cafeteria located in Shirahama, Nishimuro County, Wakayama which bustles with local regulars and tourists alike. Offering an abundant menu of set meals and dishes made with fresh local seafood, Kiraku offers unique Wakayama tastes like the Kumanoji-don rice bowl topped with sashimi and edible wild plants, as well as mehari-zushi, a Wakayama specialty. The restaurant’s nabe hotpots and Tsukuri platters made with seafood like wild longtooth grouper, spiny lobster, and rare kutsu-ebi slipper lobster - whatever is best and freshest at the market that day. In addition to counter seating, the restaurant also has tatami mat seating, making it great for families as well.

    A friend and I stepped inside the restaurant, and heard the following exchange from near the back of the restaurant in Japanese: Welcome! Its a couple of foreigners. Oh, that could be...

  • Yamatame Shokudo
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    4.0
    46 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Fukumachi 12
    This ramen restaurant is known as the representative of Wakayama ramen and is so popular you will always find a long line at peak times. This long-established restaurant has kept the taste of its Yamatame Ramen since its founding in 1953. Their special Chuka Soba (Chinese noodles) has a rich taste with thick noodles in pork soy sauce broth. The noodles soak up the taste when they’re put in the broth and warm up. The counter seating makes it very easy for single patrons to enter. The nearest train station is Wakayama City Station.

    Its one one the most famous ramen shops in Wakayama. Typical Wakayama style thick soup. Ramen noodles were firm and chewy. Its crowded but worth the wait.

  • Nachi Neboke-dou
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Ichinono 3434-1
    This historic Japanese sweet shop was founded in Osaka in 1624. It's approximately five minutes on foot from Daimonzaka's Married Cedars on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. In the quest for the best water for making their sweets, they opened this store in Katsuura to use spring water from Mt. Nachi. Visitors can observe their facility's crafting process with its dedication to flavor and safety. They use Okinawa made sugar for an array of items like ice cream, karinto manju treats, and their original kuro-ame sweets that are meant to be reminiscent of Kishu binchotan charcoal. Meals that feature local marine produce like their raw tuna-topped rice bowls are available too.

    食事も出来ますが、どちらかと言えばお土産屋さんがメインの店です。 お土産を買ったついでに、食事もすると言った感じですね。

  • Akizuno Garten
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu 4558-8
    This hands-on sightseeing facility located in Kamiakizu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture used to be wooden elementary school building. There’s a farm restaurant with a buffet offering locally produced food, a farmers’ market, a workshop where you can make sweets using locally produced oranges and such, an archive about oranges, and more. The classrooms and hallways exude a Showa-period school atmosphere. There’s also a lodging facility.

    We spent 1 night at this wonderful place before embarking on the Kumano Kudo hike. We booked the accommodation through Oku Japan (self-guided walking tours) and as part of that booking, we were able...

  • Fukubishi Kagerou Café
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1279-3
    A café located along the sea in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture situate next to Fukubishi, a long-standing Japanese and Western sweet producer which was founded in 1933. The café’s large menu includes kagerou, a renowned sweet from the Nanki Shirahama area, fresh kagerou only sold here, breakfast dishes, cutlet sandwiches, matcha green tea, light meals, and more. The airy terrace seating area looks out over the harbor, and from here you can take a break and feel like you’re at a resort.

    The moment I bite into the original Kagerou(butter cream sand with very soft cakes), I know Ill never forget the taste. It is cottony soft that melts into your mouth. Cream is not too sweet and it...

  • bodai
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 5-1-3
    A restaurant and bar located right in front of Kii-Katsuura Station. Inside this fashionable restaurant where jazz plays over the stereo, you can enjoy fresh, Japanese-based seafood cuisine prepared with great effort by the master chef. The restaurant takes great pride in its dishes made with fresh local seafood and vegetables; the Katsuura fresh tuna in particular is bodai’s signature item. The fresh chu-toro medium fatty tuna cutlet is particularly popular, a delicate balance of the textures of the crisp outer breading and the inner semi-rare meat. The restaurant also stocks a full alcohol menu including local sakes, shochu, and wine. The lunch seafood rice bowl and sets are also well-reviewed.

    Situated just near Kii-Katsuura Station, this restaurant is pleasant with a nice range of seafood and it was very tasty. English menu provided. Reasonably priced

  • Nishiri
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 784
    A teahouse located in the Koyasan area in Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture which adjoins the identically named Nishiri souvenir shop which was founded in the early Meiji period. Nishii’s signature items are its tofu cake and tofu cookies, which harness the sweetness and flavor of tofu. The café also serves sasa-maki anpu, a renowned Japanese sweet from the Koyasan area. The interior of the shop is quiet and decorated in a purely Japanese style. Customers can enjoy a cup of matcha green tea or organic coffee with a sweet while resting feet tired from walk around Koyasan.

    We had a very nice afternoon tea there with tofu muffin and cookies which were delicious. We did not have lunch there, so can not comment on that. It is conveniently located in the middle of the...

  • Sobadokoro Yukimuraan
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Kudoyama 1404
    You’ll find this soba restaurant near the “Yukimuraan Temple” named after Sengoku general Sanada Yukimura. It is located inside of a renovated old home, giving it a very intriguing ambience. This famous shop serves “Kishu Kudoyama Sanada soba” made from Shinshu soba powder. There’s also “zaru soba” (soba served on a bamboo sieve with dipping sauce) that uses Nihachi-soba (20 percent wheat flour and 80 percent buckwheat flour) served with a rich broth that goes down well. Sanada’s family crest is carved into the walls, and the menu include options such as “Yukimura gozen (set meal)” and “Daisuke gozen.” The nearest station is Kudoyama Station.

    Complete your wander around tranquil and historic Kudoyama with a bowl of Komuraans speciality soba. Wonderfully atmospheric, adjacent to the quiet Zenyoshoin-ji. A complete contrast to the...

  • Naka Kori-ten
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Shingu 551-12
    A shaved ice specialty shop located in Shingu, Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture which is famous not just among local children but also fans around the country. Old-fashioned in appearance with tables and chairs set up out front, an air of the bygone Showa era emanates from the shop. The shop uses water from a pure Wakayama stream, selected as one of the 100 most famous in Japan in the Heisei period, which is slowly frozen over several days to create ice equal to any natural ice; this is then thinly shaved to create a delicate, icy treat. The most popular item on the menu is the matcha milk kintoki, made with matcha green tea and sweet adzuki beans; visitors love the heaping helping of syrup and the light sweetness of the beans.

    wonderful ice shop.. the texture is so heavenly that it just melts in your mouth.. you hardly felt the ice! we had yuzu and matcha powder red bean.. one of my friend even complain we ate his portion!

  • Usukawa Manju Gihei Kishimoto Main Store
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Kushimotocho Kushimoto 1851
    This Japanese confectionery store is located a little to the southwest along National Route 42, after exiting JR Kushimoto Station. The long-established store was founded in 1893, and in a time when manju buns were considered sweets, it pursued the creation of a light, unsweetened bun, which is now a specialty product, Usukawa Manju. Its main characteristic is the special bean paste which is made from scratch to be delicious while also not being too sweet. In addition to Usukawa Manju, the store also has Imoimo and Hamasodachi, as well as Rosetsu Monaka, which have been recognized by Premier Wakayama.

    Gihei is a wagashi store:they sell only Japanese candy. No idea why theres a lunch set menu picture up there. Theyre famous for something called usukawa manju (hence the name), which is kind...

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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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