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Japanese Food Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Hanabishi Koya-san Cooking
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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.

    I was at Hanabishi on the 10th of November. There was a bit of a line, so I had to wait a bit (it was around 11:30 am/I knew that in Japan you need to go to restaurants early unless you want to wait...

  • Kamakura Shoten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2992
    This long-established store is close to the historical hot spring Saki-no-Yu in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro District, Wakayama. Their “Ideyu hantai Tamago” (hot spring soft-boiled eggs) are famous for being introduced on a TV show about exquisite hot spring gourmet. This soft-boiled egg is cooked in 86°C hot spring water, cooking the yolk hard but making the white runny, opposite to what you might expect. You can take-out or eat inside.
  • Sangosho
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 500-1
    A restaurant located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture where all the seats have an ocean view, during their meal diners can enjoy gazing out over Engetsu Island, the symbol of Nanki Shirahama. The restaurants fish tanks are filled with Japanese spiny lobster, a Wakayama specialty, as well as longtooth grouper, abalone, striped beakfish, and more. In addition to extravagant ikizukuri spiny lobster banquets and seasonal longtooth grouper nabe hotpot, the restaurant also offers a reasonably priced spiny lobster lunch and an abundant variety of set meals. The restaurant’s dishes made with kutsu-ebi slipper lobster, an extremely rare treat, are also a must-eat.

    The restaurant is located at the full sea view, all seafood are fresh and cook instantly, it is a very local style restaurant, quality food and nice view with reasonable price. Worth to drop down for...

  • Kiraku
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    4.0
    33 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.

    We stopped in for an early dinner on a Wednesday evening when only a handful of locals were scattered around the tables. The staff were charming and fast to deliver an English menu. A tempura/sashimi...

  • Maguro Zanmai Nachi
    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.
  • Marukiyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1384-50
    A restaurant in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture located along the main street close to Shirahama Beach. Boasting karaage (fried chicken), nabe hotpot, and arani stew made with longtooth grouper, a high class winter specialty, this famous restaurant is frequently visited by local regulars as well as tourists. The barbecue sets featuring seafood grilled over a charcoal brazier are also popular. The restaurant offers a wide selection of set meals, course meals, and a la carte dishes, and the special homemade fruit liqueurs and local sakes on the menu are also renowned.
  • Mankou
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 42-17
    A restaurant with an old-fashioned feel located a two minute walk from Kushimoto Station. Renowned for its dishes made with local seafood, Mankou has been frequently featured in travel magazines. The shop’s signature dish is its skipjack tuna chazuke; the secret recipe sesame sauce is what really puts it over the top. The dish can be enjoyed two ways in a single sitting, first as a rice bowl topped with lightly pickled skipjack tuna sashimi, and then chazuke-style by pour piping-hot roasted rice tea over the bowl. Mankou is also famous for the lines which can form outside its door on weekends and during lunchtime.
  • Kaisen sushi toretore ICHIBA
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    3.5
    94 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.

    Wouldnt say that this restaurant is that good, pretty much the same as a kaisen sushi anywhere else in Tokyo. I didnt feel like the food was that great and I wouldnt put this in the top 10 in...

  • Kaisen Ryori Jinrikky
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Yuzaki running hot water 3079-22
    You’ll find this seafood restaurant facing the Shirahama Beach in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The white-based interior is decorated with foliage plants, and you can gaze at the sea while eating. There is an abundance of both Japanese and Western seafood dishes made from fresh ingredients, as well as pizza, French fries, Ise lobster, and more. Popular options include the “mizukemuri mushi,” featuring lobster and roasted vegetables steamed on stones, and the lobster cream croquettes.

    The location is the best, vue on the beach, owner is a great chef; she is so kind and food are very delicious and healthy! Free wifi

  • Takehara
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    4.5
    44 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.

    no English menu and they speak very little English but definitely worth eating here to taste their tuna. Small bar type restaurant, just counter seats and small menu. Tuna was best we had during 3...

  • Toho jaya
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Yokomachi 2-2-12
    This longstanding shop offers local Japanese cuisine and sushi with a focus on seafood, including Pacific saury, whale, and more. Located in Yokomachi, Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture, its flagship item is “narezushi” made from salted saury that is pickled together with rice and fermented. This delicacy features a viscous texture and unique smell, sourness, and flavor. There’s also narezushi that has been liquefied like yogurt and kept for 30 years that goes well with sake.

    新宮で本来家庭料理の馴れ鮓が食べられるお店。夜に飲む目的で訪問したのでまずは刺身盛合せをいただきました。どれも捌きが綺麗で角が立った新鮮なものでした。 鮎もシーズン最後でしたが天然物があり塩焼きでいただきました。支流の綺麗な苔で育った鮎は香り高く美味。もちろん馴れ鮓も鮎で注文し満喫しましたが一人ではちょっと多いので他のメニューや人数で調整が必要かも。 いずれにせよここでしか食べられないものです。

  • Kujiraya
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji 2902-115
    This restaurant located in Taiji Town in Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture only serves whale, a traditional local food. They use meat from whales caught in resource surveys and provide various dishes that were served from after the war until whaling restrictions went into effect. There’s whale cutlet curry made from minke whale and finback whale featuring succulent meat and special curry roux that is sure to stimulate the appetite. You can also enjoy whale sashimi to experience the true whale flavor, as well as “harihari nabe” hot pot (reservations required).

    クルマだからお酒は飲めない。だけれどもクジラが食べたい。ならばご飯に合うクジラ料理にしようか。いやしかし...盛り合わせで。お酒なしでも仕方なし。身はミンクにイワシ。食べ比べるのは初めてだが、さほどに大きく異なることはないのか。赤身と脂身。脂身と言っても皮の下の脂肪。これを一緒に重ねていただくのは馬と同じだ。馬も赤身と鬣下の脂肪を重ねていただいたりする。他の部分で脂肪が赤身に散っていたりするところ...

  • Wawa
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Shinjouchou Kita Uchinoura 3076-1
    Located inside the “Kaisen Senbei Nanki” sightseeing facility in Shinjo Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, this restaurant is known for its buffet’ that use plenty of local vegetables. There’s an open kitchen near the seats where they make over 50 different handmade dishes that are both healthy and taste great. The glass walls offer a sweeping view of the sea, and you can let the sound of the waves relax you on the porch. There’s a senbei (rice cracker) workshop observation session and a souvenir area, too.

    地元の女性に人気となっていますが、その理由はまず綺麗でありそして天井が高くて開放感があり、時間制限はありますが、それでも隣のテーブルとの間が広く、のんびり食べれるところだと言えます。 勿論、料理も野菜中心の健康趣向であり、女性には良いのだと思います。 男性でも新鮮な野菜を沢山食べたい向きには良いと言えます。 唯一難点は、数ヶ月しましても殆ど代わり映えしないメニューとなっており、もう少し変化があっ...

  • Sushi Kappo Kouzushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Prefecture Shirahama Hot Spring Ginza Street
    This sushi restaurant in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture is famous among the locals. The bamboo and garden lanterns give it a very Japanese feel. The parking lot is large, and many tourists visit from afar. The owner selects all of the sushi fish personally, and it is amazingly fresh. Fish caught off the coast of Kishu are used, and there’s everything from hand-rolled sushi to sushi banquets and a la carte options. The “daily special chirashi-zushi (bed of sushi rice with toppings)” lunch set comes with red miso soup and dessert. The “sababo sushi and “special jomaki” are also popular options.
  • Marukawa Main Shop
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2525-5
    This restaurant is located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture and serves Japanese cuisine that makes use seafood and seasonal delicacies from Nanki Shirahama. The flagship lunch items are the fried shrimp set that includes two whole shrimp and the sliced tuna shipped directly from Katsuura. There’s a popular lunch set that lets you sample both. The “marukawa nabe” hot pot with cutlassfish balls, seafood, vegetables, and miso broth is good as well. The wooden interior is warm, gently lit, and comfortable all day.

    クエを食べたくて訪れました。 板さんと女将さんがとても親切で、こちらの好みを聞き、丁寧にいろいろ説明してくれました。 今回は、まず、季節外れに上がったというカツオをお刺身でいただきましたが、今までのカツオは何だったの?!と思うくらい美味しかったです。 他のお刺身等もとても美味しかったのですが、何より、クエのお鍋は、1人前から注文を受けてくださり、しかもその1人前は2-3人前はありそうな量でした...

  • Farmer's Restaurant Mikanbatake
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu 4558 - 8 within Akatsu Nogarten
    This restaurant is inside “Akizuno Garten,” a hands-on sightseeing facility that opened in an old wooden schoolhouse. It is located in Kamiakizu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The popular lunch buffet uses fresh homegrown and locally-grown vegetables and consists of over 30 healthy and mild dishes made by local women. Gaze at the nostalgia-inducing woodlands as you enjoy some tempura and salad made with seasonal vegetables.
  • Ginpei Wakayama Main Store
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Juichibanchou 22
    This seafood restaurant is located in Juichibancho, Wakayama City. The restaurant uses fresh fish caught in the morning of the same day, from Wakayama’s fishing port, to make meals such as sashimi, boiled fish and Tai-meshi (sea bream with rice). In the evening, the restaurant serves Tai-meshi courses, with sashimi, boiled fish, Tempura as sides, and during the day, there are daytime special courses and Gozen course meals which include sashimi, seafood bowls and conger eel dishes.

    お食事はそれなりの価格ではありますが量も質も満足のいくものでした。 ただ、残念な事にスタッフの方の対応が良いとは言えずお水を持って来ていただくのに結局3回もお願いしないといけないと言うお粗末さでした。

  • Katsura-jo
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    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...

  • Onsen & Seafood Buffet Restaurant Toretore Tei
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2498-1
    Toretore Tei is a hot spring and restaurant complex on Prefectural Route 33 in Katata, Shirahama Town. The hot spring, Katata no Yu, has both indoor and outdoor baths, and the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. It’s the perfect place to relax in the bath and enjoy a seafood smorgasbord with fresh seafood straight from the fishery cooperative. Guests can use the hot spring baths or just eat at the restaurant. As well as being open in the day and in the evening the restaurant serves a breakfast buffet during the peak season.
  • Kuwaraku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Kudoyama 1353
    This shop specializing in persimmon leaf sushi is just a little south of Sanada-an and the Sanada Burial Mound. It's been featured in the media on many occasions. Kudoyama-cho is a famous persimmon growing area, and persimmon leaf sushi was first created in the region of the upper Kinokawa River. They sell three kinds: mackerel, salmon, and shiitake mushroom. You need to place orders for the salmon and shiitake mushroom varieties at least a day in advance. They serve saketoba salmon jerky and stewed salmon as well, dishes that go great with rice and beer. They hold workshops four days a week. The shop opens at 8:00 in the morning closes as soon as they are sold out.

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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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