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  • Michinoeki (Roadside Station) Kaki no Sato Kudoyama
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Nyugou 5-5
    A rest area located in Kudoyama Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture which is a popular destination from which to explore the area and as a place to buy local souvenirs. The facility hosts the World Heritage Information Center, where you can learn about the World Heritage sites and history of Kudoyama, an area connected to Warring States period samurai Sanada Yukimura. There’s also an outdoor play area with large playground equipment and a market selling local agricultural and specialty products direct from area farmers. The rest area’s bakery and café has an eat-in space where you can enjoy fresh-baked bread, pastas, and other meals.

    Today was the first day of the 2017 Sanada Festival on the grounds of this facility. After opening ceremonies, they had a gun/rifle demonstration by townspeople dressed in the military uniforms of...

  • Roadside Station Ryujin
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 170-3
    This roadside station on National Route 371 features an extended building reminiscent of a dragon's body. Forestry is Ryujin Village's main industry. As you enter the facility, you're welcomed by enormous pillars made from 350-plus year old southern Japanese hemlock, and local wood is used throughout the building. The sales area is replete with wooden products including tables and chairs, and the restaurant overlooking the Hidaka River serves coffee brewed with spring water. They don’t mind if you bring lunch with you to the facility.

    木工のものがたくさん展示 販売しています。 お土産ものもありました。 外の眺めの良いテラスで レストランの食事が出来るようでした。 道の駅を出てすぐに 吊り橋があり 真ん中あたりまで行くと揺れるので、ひやひやしながら渡るのも楽しかったです。

  • Roadside Station San Pin Nakatsu
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakagawachou Funatsu 820
    This roadside station on Prefectural Route 26 is approximately ten minutes by car from Kawabe Interchange and 20 minutes from Gobo-Minami Interchange. With a focus on vegetables and fruit, they sell and ship a wide variety of special Hidakagawa Town products, including Kishu Binchotan charcoal and wood vinegar. Their Horohoro-tei restaurant features a variety of dishes made with horohoro, or guinea fowl, including ramen noodles and rice bowls. They also serve dishes featuring wild boar and venison. Business hours vary according to the time of year.
  • Roadside Station Kishu-Binchotan Kinen Park
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Akidugawa 1491-1
    Kishu-Binchotan kinen Park Roadside Station is located along Prefectural Route 29, about a 20-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange. Since this region is where Kishu Binchotan charcoal originated, facilities related to this type of charcoal are a special feature of this roadside station. The Binchotan Discovery Center has exhibits that present the history of this kind of charcoal and the ways in which it is made. Visitors can also view a charcoal kiln and in some cases, they can try their hand at making charcoal. They can use Binchotan charcoal to barbecue, and the restaurant serves ramen cooked with charcoal and coffee roasted with charcoal, so that visitors can taste for themselves what makes Binchotan charcoal so special. In addition, the shop sells various promotional items related to Binchotan charcoal.
  • Roadside Station Tsubaki Hana no yu
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Tsubaki 1058-1
    This roadside station is on National Route 42 approximately five minutes by car from JR Tsubaki Station. Shirahama Town's Tsubaki area is famous for its natural hot springs that are said to be great for the skin. While it has the regular roadside station services like tourist information and special products, it also has a footbath and a public bath where you can enjoy their free-flowing hot spring water. Their family bath is a nice way to have a soak together. Buying a book of entry tickets will provide you a discount on each bath. They have a vending machine where you can purchase hot spring hot water too. Their eatery serves such regular dishes as set meals and rice bowls.

    建物をみるとまだ新しそうな道の駅。次の「道の駅志原海岸」とも近い。建物や販売コーナーはとてもこじんまりしていて、食事もカウンターの他に簡易テーブルがある程度。しかし、それもそのはず、立派なスパ(温泉)が設けられていました。

  • Roadside Station Kushimoto Hashigui-iwa
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
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    Wakayama prefecture Higashi Muro gun Kushimoto cho the river of lottery 1549-8
    This roadside station on National Route 42 is approximately seven minutes by car from JR Kushimoto Station. The Hashigui-iwa Rock is a National Natural Monument. As the facility's name suggests, you can get a good view of it from the premises. There's a clear view from the observation deck of the unique scenery of its 40 large and small formations scattered offshore. The roadside station is a good place for a quick bite to eat there with items like French fries and fried yakisoba noodles, and their soft serve ice cream made with locally grown ponkan oranges is especially popular. The facility's shop sells lots of items featuring plums and jabara citrus. It's open 365 days a year.

    橋杭岩の目の前にある道の駅には、ファーストフードコーナーがあり、コーヒーやソフトクリームと並んで、天然まぐろのメンチカツバーガーや唐揚、浜ゆで貝(トコブシ)などの、地元産を販売しています。物産コーナーが入っているメインの建物から、通路を挟んで裏手にあるので、ちょっとわかりにくい場所だと思いました。

  • Roadside Station Negoro Sakura no Sato
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Iwadeshi Oshigawa 37-1
    Negoro Sakura no Sato Roadside Station is located along Prefectural Route 63, about a ten-minute drive from the Sennan Interchange. Located along the border with Osaka Prefecture, it is the entry point for sightseeing in Wakayama Prefecture. Many kinds of vegetables grown by local farmers are available for sale, including Negoro Daito green peppers, which are larger than other varieties. Other famous local products, including ornamental flowers such as carnations and snapdragons, are available in abundance. In the vicinity are Wakayama Prefecture Botanical Park Ryokka Center and Negoroji Temple, the main temple of Shingi Shingon Buddhism.

    市内や近隣の農産品販売所は人が多く売り切れるが、野菜など目的で行くと、結構いいものがある。ぶらっとよるのもいいかな

  • Roadside Station Katsuragi Nishi
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkatsuragichou Kasedahigashi 1271-28
    This roadside station is about 15 minutes by car from Hashimoto Interchange and 20 minutes from Iwade Negoro Interchange. It's on National Route 24 and is the only parking area on the Keinawa Expressway. Katsuragi Town has a very temperate climate, perfect for producing chestnuts, peaches, and a variety of other fruit. Their shop sells seasonal produce grown by local farmers, as well as souvenirs such as walnut kurumi mochi sweets (a local favorite), fruit juice, and Wakayama ramen noodles. Their restaurant serves Wakayama ramen too, as well as persimmon leaf sushi.

    それほど規模は大きくありませんが、新しくてきれいです。野菜や、果物、生花など地元で生産された物が売られていました。季節がら、早生のみかんも売っていました。

  • Roadside Station Kinokawa River Manyo no sato
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkatsuragichou Kubo 487-2
    This roadside station is approximately three minutes by car from JR Nishi-Kaseda Station. It's located on National Route 24 in the area where 15 of the poems in the eighth century Manyoshu collection were composed. Koyasan is to the west of the facility, and there are mountains to the north and south, too. The Kinokawa River is right nearby, making it a starting point for hiking, fishing for ayu sweet fish, and other leisure activities. The local favorite persimmon leaf sushi can be purchased as a souvenir from their shop, and it's also available as part of the meal sets at their restaurant.

    ここの道の駅に来ると必ず買うものか、柿の葉寿司です。 手作り感満載でお酢がとても良く効いていて 人生で食べた中で1番美味しいです。 それと季節によって 桃、柿、みかんなど 果物が豊富でそれもお安く新鮮なので売りです。

  • Roadside Station Susami
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunsusamichou Esumi 808-1
    Susami Roadside Station is located along National Route 42, about a 15-minute drive from the Susami Interchange or a five-minute walk from JR Esumi Station. A special attraction is the Susami Municipal Aquarium of Crab and Shrimp right next door. Just a five-minute drive farther along the road is Esuzaki Point, a National Natural Monument, one of the many nearby scattered scenic sightseeing attractions that make this area so wonderful. The restaurant's flagship dishes include Deep-Fried Local Lobster on Rice Dinner and Saury Sushi, and it also sells a unique Lettuce Dipping Sauce. Another shop on the premises sells freshly caught local fish.

    紀勢道のすさみ南ICを降りてすぐの道の駅です。 レストランだけでなく、地元の野菜を安く売っていたりもします。比較的新しい施設なので、トイレも大変綺麗です。それよりも景色が最高で、晴れている日は遠くを航海しているタンカーや自動車運搬船などの船を眺めることができます。ちょっとした展望台があるので、上ってみるのも良いかもしれません。エビとカニの水族館も併設されているので、子供連れでも楽しめます。 ただ...

  • Roadside Station Nachi
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Hamanomiya 361-2
    This roadside station on National Route 42 where the Kumano Kodo's Nakahechi Trail intersects with the Ohechi Trail is widely used as a base for sightseeing. The prime location has a variety of nearby attractions such as Daimon-zaka, Nachi Falls, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. Nachi-eki Kouryu Center is on the premises, as well as a farm stand selling handmade items like mehari-zushi rice balls and jam. Its Kumano Nachi World Heritage Information Center showcases local history, and its Nishikinoyu hot spring facility is open until 22:00. Nachi Beach is just a short walk away.

    JR那智駅のロータリーと駐車場を共有する道の駅。鉄道は無人駅なのでホームに自由に出入りできる。道の駅としては売店の特産品の種類が少なく寂しいが、こじんまりした温泉があるので電車待ちで海を見ながら温泉に入るなどの使い方も。トイレは綺麗に清掃されており車中泊には向いている。

  • Roadside Station Furusato Center Otou
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ayukawa 997-1
    This roadside station on National Route 311 is often used as a base for exploring Tanabe City's Oto area. With mountains and rivers close by, you can enjoy a variety of seasonal activities like fishing and viewing the colored leaves in the fall. Their shop offers local specialty products like Kinzanji-miso and lots of seasonal items including wild vegetables and ayu sweet fish. Oto is a wood production area, and their exchange hall holds highly popular woodworking classes. Their restaurant's Inaka Bento lunch boxes (limited to eight a day) and Kumano-no-Ankake udon noodles get good reviews.

    田辺市街から熊野本宮大社に向かう途中にある道の駅で、貴重な休憩ポイントなので、ドライブ途中に立ち寄りました。道の駅のすぐ裏手には冨田川の流れがあり、川辺まで向かうと気持ち良さそうだったのですが、駐車場に「川遊びの人の駐車お断り」の張り紙があったのには、がっかりしました。期待していた熊野古道の観光案内も少なかったようです。

  • Roadside Station Seisyu no Sato
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    Wakayama Pref. Kinokawashi Nishinoyama 473
    This roadside station is located about ten minutes by car from the Keinawa Expressway Kinokawa-Higashi Interchange. Its Flower Hill Museum complex designed by Kisho Kurokawa has an exhibition room with items and documents belonging to Hanaoka Seishu, the surgeon responsible for the world's first successful surgical removal of breast cancer by general anesthesia. Shunrinken, the surgeon's residence and clinic, has been relocated here. There's a realistic replication of surgery during the period as well as experiments with the anesthetic Tsusensan using mannequins and sound. There's a restaurant on the premises too.
  • Roadside Station Kumano Kodo Nakahechi
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 2474-1
    "This roadside station on National Route 311 is easily recognizable as the building looks like a big bamboo hanagasa hat. As it faces the Kumano Kodo's Nakahechi Trail, people walking the ancient pilgrimage route stop in for a rest as well those traveling by car. The shop sells a popular item called ""konnyaku inari,"" sushi rice tucked in a slightly spicy konnyaku gelatin pocket, as well as jabara citrus juice and candies that have been featured on television. Their restaurant's ume plum buckwheat soba noodles come recommended."

    道の駅熊野古道中辺路に着いたころがちょうどランチタイムでしたが、ここの名物のさんま寿司は人気のようで、予約で売り切れていました。かわりに、道の駅に併設されているレストラン「梅うどん」で、きつねうどんとカレーライスを注文。ごく普通の軽食ですが、こういう山の中で温かい食事をいただけるだけでも、嬉しいものです。

  • Roadside Station Kushigaki no Sato
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkatsuragichou Taki 53-1
    Located along National Route 480, Kushigaki no Sato Roadside Station opened in 2017. Its primary mission is to serve as a community center for the local residents, and it offers a large rest area where visitors can eat and drink. In addition to specialties as dried persimmons, the roadside station deals in a wide variety of local food ingredients, which make suitable souvenirs of the area. Fukumimi Bakery, a branch of a bakery in Iwade City, sells varieties of bread that can be found nowhere else. There is also a restaurant where visitors can try Kishu Plum Udon, a variety of noodle with plums kneaded into the dough for noodles. The various shops at this roadside station are closed on different days.

    新しくできた道の駅なのか、ガイドブックにも載っていなくてたまたま通りかかって立ち寄りました。建物も新しくてきれいで、木材を多用しています。商品の中心はやはり地元産の農産物ですね。

  • Roadside Station Tanabe City Ryujin Gomasan Sky Tower
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    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 1020-6
    This roadside station is half-way along National Route 371, the Koya-Ryujin Skyline. It provides access for climbing nearby Mt. Gomadan and Mt. Ryujin, and the colorful autumn leaves of November aren't to be missed. As you might guess from the facility's name, it has a lookout tower. Thirty-three meters tall, it resembles the stacks of wood used in the Goma fire rituals of esoteric Japanese Buddhism. There's a great view of the nearby mountains and the ocean, and it's the perfect spot for taking in the night sky, too. Shiitake-bushi made of shavings from local shiitake mushrooms comes recommended as a souvenir. The restaurant features fare made from ingredients produced in Ryujin Village.
  • Roadside Station Myoe Furusato-Kan
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Kanaya 322-1
    This roadside station on National Route 480 is about a 15-minute drive from the Arida Interchange. The station’s name derives from the prominent Kegon Buddhist priest Myoe syonin of the Kegon school’s Kankiji Temple who was born in Aridagawa Town (former Kanaya-machi). Besides the array of local produce available at the Kanaya Farm Stand, they sell processed products that make perfect souvenirs like Kinzanji-miso, handmade soy sauce, and dressing. Fresh baked bread from the Furusato Bakery is made with natural yeast and pure water from the Arida River. The bread is delicious the next day, too.
  • Roadside Station Shimizu, Fureai-no-Oka Sports Park
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    2.5
    4 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Shimizu 607
    This roadside station is on National Route 480. It's Fureaikan Hall is located in the Fureai-no-Oka area where you can enjoy a variety of sports, as well as their pool, water slide, and barbecue facilities in the summer. Its simple lodge is used for training camps and doubles as a tourist information center. Aridagawa Town is Japan's largest producer of sansho pepper, and you can enjoy dishes like curry featuring wild vegetables at the facility's restaurant and shop. It's open throughout the summer holidays but closed between December and mid-March. Their roadside station stamp pad is outdoors, so you can add it to your collection even if they're closed.

    特産品の販売が僅かで、レストランも時間外であったので営業してなく、道の駅というより、テニス、バーベキュー、釣り堀などの管理棟とい感じです。

  • Road Station Aragi no Sato
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Aridagawacho Mita 664-1
    "Located approximately 30 kilometers east from the Hanwa Expressway’s Arita Interchange, about 50 minutes by car, this Roadside Station is close to Aragijima Island, chosen as one of the top 100 rice terraces in Japan, and is situated along National Route 480. At the direct sales office for processed forest and agricultural products, items such as fresh local vegetables, goods made with the Japanese pepper ""Budo Sansho"" that the area boasts the largest production for in all of Japan, as well as handmade Kishu Washi paper called ""Yasudagami"" are available for purchase. In the cafeteria, you can try out popular dishes such as healthy “konnyaku udon noodles” made with homemade konjac, and lunch sets featuring side dishes made with ample amounts of local produce."

    三連休の土曜日16時に行ったのですが、併設のレストランは終了していました。お昼前後だけの営業みたいです。

  • Roadside Station Okutoro
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkitayamamura Shimoi 335
    This roadside station is on National Route 169 in Yoshino-Kumano National Park. Located at the eastern edge of Wakayama Prefecture, it provides tourist information for the Kitayama Village area, has outdoor activity and sports facilities, a spa, and lodging. They also have a cultural area exhibiting artifacts from the Jomon period. Their Jabara Shokudo serves fare packed with the goodness of the local mountains, and their Jabaraya specialty shop sells woodwork and local specialty products. While it's a great rest stop on your drive through the mountains, it has so much to offer it's a destination in its own right.

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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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