Japanese Food Spots in Wakayama Area

  • Kaisen sushi toretore ICHIBA
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    3.5
    111 Reviews
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    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
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    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...

  • Maguro Zanmai Nachi
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kiraku
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
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    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...

  • Ginpei Wakayama Main Store
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    4.0
    30 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.

    魚が食べたいということで、知人のススメもあり行ってみた。張り紙に、満席と書かれてあったが、確認したら、幸いにも個室を案内いただけた。料理は普通に美味い。次回はしっかり予約が必要かも。

  • Sangosho
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    4.0
    29 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...

  • Uoichi Shoten
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Kada 118
    This restaurant and seafood shop stands on the grounds of Awashima Shrine. Renowned for the exquisite shellfish the staff grills, here you can enjoy turban shell cooked in the shell, grilled purple large asari clams, asari clams steamed in sake, and other shellfish delicacies prepared on the spot. Particularly recommended are the zaru udon noodles served on a draining basket and made with fresh wakame seaweed from Kada Port mixed into the noodle dough. The wakame gives the noodles a lovely green color. The shop also sells zenzai sweet azuki bean soup, amazake (sweet fermented rice drink), and other sweets, making it a great place to stop and take a break after hours of walking in the area. In addition, you can buy a variety of souvenirs here, as well as Kada specialty products like turban shell and other shellfish, plus himono dried fish; wakame udon noodles; and spicy pickled jellyfish and sea urchin, which is so popular, orders for it come in from across the country.

    淡島神社参道に昔からの3軒の食事処が並んでいて、その神社側の店です。真ん中の店がメニュー豊富で混雑しているのでこちらに入りました。 店頭にノリや新鮮な貝類が並んでいます。オク貝とこちらで呼ぶ貝は、他の地では大アサリと呼ぶものです。焼いておいしいですが、1個400円出すほどではないと思い、シラス丼650円を食べました。釜揚げシラスは柔らかでおいしいですが、スーパーで買って家で食べても同じかと思いまし...

  • Mihanami
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kuroda 2-1-25
    This restaurant serving traditional kaiseki banquet cuisine is right near JR Wakayama Station. The shop's interior is replete with Wakayama produced items, from their tables and shelves to their earthen walls to the alcove made of hinoki cypress and Japanese cedar. They are equally dedicated to excellent food with carefully selected seasonal ingredients and lots of limited quantity items. You'll relish the flavor of the seasons with their limited time course meals featuring ingredients like bamboo shoots, or saury in autumn. They also have lots of a la carte dishes like salads, fried food, and pizza. Their original ponzu sauce that they use in the restaurant is available for purchase.

    Looking for fresh sashimi found Mihanami three blocks from Wakayama Station. Pretty crowded with locals as you would expect at 7:00 pm on a Saturday night but they squeezed me in at the end of the...

  • Sohonke Mehariya (Main Shop)
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Yakushimachi 5-6
    This restaurant featuring local cuisine first opened in 1962. They offer fare such as oden hot pots, fried pork skewers, and mehari-zushi, a local Nanki-Shingu favorite. These rice balls wrapped in mustard leaves get their name from being so large that people's eyes go wide when they open their mouths to eat them. As they hold together well, they're known as one of Japan's favorite packed lunches. The shop always makes them fresh to order so customers can enjoy them right away at the peak of flavor. The shop moved to its current location in August 2018. The building's unique, circular shape will catch your attention.

    めはり寿司がいただきたく伺いました。ナビをセットすると旧店舗がでてきました。2019年8月に移転したそうです。なので店内はとても綺麗です。名物のめはり寿司と豚汁をいただきましたがとても美味しかったです。寿司といってもご飯が温かいのがめはり寿司なんですね。ただ、お店の方の愛想があまり良くないと感じました。

  • Senryu
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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Tsukiji 4-3-27
    This restaurant is located along Prefectural Route 238, from the JR Kii-Katsuura Station. It offers a large number of dishes using fresh seafood caught in Katsuura, mainly featuring tuna, but also saury and turban shell. The Tekka-don rice bowl is one of its most popular dishes, with a veritable mountain of tuna piled on top, so much that one cannot see the rice underneath. There is also the Senryu set meal, which includes tuna sashimi and the local delicacy, saury sushi, as well as Tsukuri (sashimi) set meals which require a reservation to be made. The saury-shape sushi is also available for take-out as a souvenir. A telephone reservation is required for groups.

    We just passed by this city on a Sunday afternoon. Many shops are closed, the food here is not bad, average Japanese food. We had sushi rice bowl and crispy pork rice bowl. Staff here are very kind...

  • Farmer's Restaurant Mikanbatake
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
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    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.

    数回行きました。元小学校?を商業施設にしていて、雰囲気がとても良いです。地元のおばちゃんたちが素朴な野菜中心の料理をバイキング形式で提供。平日昼間でも結構混んでいます。1000円以下でバイキング、美味しくたくさん食べられる。デザートのおからドーナツとコーヒーゼリーは毎回お替りしてしまいます。季節がよければ庭のテーブルがおすすめ。時々野菜の大安売りもしています。

  • Kujiraya
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    4.0
    14 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).

    鯨の街太地町には滅多に食べることの出来ない貴重な鯨料理を食べることの出来るお店が数軒あります。このくじら家はランチ営業のみなのでお昼に伺い、竜田揚げ定食とレディースセットを注文しました。 刺身は思ったより癖がなくさっぱりして美味しく、揚げ物も柔らかく食べ易かったです。 鯨肉を食べたことのない人にもお薦めのお店です。

  • Kashino Fishing Park Center
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kashino 1021-13
    A fishing park center which makes use of a natural reef where visitors can easily enjoy marine fishing. The center is located along the way to Cape Kashino on the island of Kii Oshima, and here you can try your hand at catching fish such as greater amberjack and striped beakfish raised in the waters of the Japan Current. You can also have your fish prepared and cooked for you in the center. There’s also a restaurant which serves squid set meals and seafood rice bowls made with fish brought in at Kashino Fishing Port. In addition, the restaurant serves seasonal dishes like Japanese spiny lobster tempura rice bowls, Japanese amberjack shabushabu, and abalone steaks. Thanks to its location right at a fishing port, the restaurant’s delicacies are provided at very reasonable prices.

    地元天然魚が自慢とのことでしてので 刺身定食を、頼みましたが、 冷凍で臭みがあり吐き出してしまいました。残念(>_<)

  • Toho jaya
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
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    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.

    以前訪問して気に入ったお店。馴れ鮓は米の部分が山羊のチーズみたいなコクと酸味になる。前回からステップアップし30年物を今回頂く。米は液状になり残った魚の身は小さいがレア、ヨーグルトとぬか漬けのように強い酸味で日本酒がすすむ。貴重な食文化であり興味本位ではなく残さず食べてほしい。

  • 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

  • Masudaya
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 5-2-14
    "This seafood restaurant is about three minutes on foot from JR Kii-Katsuura Station. They offer a menu full of locally harvested whale and tuna dishes including their specialty maguro-don rice bowl, as well as less common yet popular fare like Korean yukhoe, spring rolls, and steamed Chinese dumplings. Their ""Recommended Set"" and ""Tuna Kaiseki Banquet Course"" showcase delectable tuna, and their ""Yokubari Teishoku Set"" is limited to 10 meals a day. If you prefer meat, they also serve dishes featuring Kumano beef. Their hot pots come recommended in winter."

    Service was friendly and prompt. The restaurant is clean and tidy. We enjoyed the meal very much. We had kumano beef steak lunch set. The beef steak melts in the mouth. We also had tuna sashimi...

  • Hotel Granvia Wakayama Japanese Restaurant MARI
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Wakayama-shi Tomodacho 5-18 Hotel Granvia Wakayama 5F
    Located a two-minute walk from JR Wakayama Station. Here in this Japanese restaurant you can enjoy cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients from Wakayama, including superbly fresh seafood and vegetables, carefully chosen by the head chef. The restaurant's magnificent cuisine is not only delicious but its exquisite presentation and mouth-watering aromas make it a feast for all five senses. The contents of the menu changes with the seasons, and customers can experience delightful, colorful choices such as the dazzling Mari Bento; a spiny lobster burger limited to just three customers a day which is made with a whole spiny lobster; and a variety of traditional kaiseki course meals. The establishment is the perfect place for happy occasions, family celebration, memorial services, business entertainment, group meals, and all manner of engagements.

    JR和歌山駅の隣という感じです。駐車場もあり便利です。個室に案内されましたが、堀こたつ式なので足が楽でした。お昼に「うな丼」2800円をいただきました。皮がパリッと焼けていて、身がふっくらした感じに仕上がっています。タレも甘すぎずてとても美味しくて食べやすいものでした。日本料理店らしい細かな心遣いとおもてなしで、気持ちよく食事を済ますことができました。

  • Wawa
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    4.5
    8 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.

    海に面していて大きなガラス張りになっているので、雰囲気がよいです。野菜中心の豊富なバイキング料理で、リゾートホテルのような感じ。美味しくて、デザート類も豊富。シニア割引があるので、老親と一緒に行きました。優しい和食中心なので、老親も大喜び。駐車場も広いので、余裕で車で行けます。

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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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