Shopping Spots in Mt. Koya Area

  • Hamadaya
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
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    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.

  • 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...

  • Fuzen
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    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.

    関西は生麩のお菓子多い気がします。 特に京都等も生麩有名ですし。 笹巻あんぷと言いよもぎ入の生麩でこしあんを包み熊笹で包んで有ります。 よもぎと笹の香りが清々しい。 生麩も柔らかく、 こしあんも甘過ぎず良いですね。

  • Shoeido
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 766
    This is a well-established Japanese confectionery shop established in the Ansei period (1855-1860) alongside Odawara-dori Street in Koyasan, Koya Town, Ito County. They sell excellent cakes including the famous Karukaya Mochi, Sanko no Hikari, Maki no Shizuku and Maki no Hana, as well as Buddhist altar equipment. On the second floor is a teashop, and on the third is a rest area. 

    よもぎのやきもちを買いました。 柔らかくてやさしいお味でよかったです。 お粉がふってあるのかと思ったら粉砂糖でした。 それもおいしかったです。

  • Kamikishiya (Hanasaka Store)
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
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    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。

  • Koyasan Daisido
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 732-1
    This incense and fragrant wood specialty shop is located in Koya Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture. Its white walls and black tiling give it a very grand appearance. It manufactures and sells products used inside the temples of Mt. Koya as well as products for cemetery visits and Buddhist altars at home. You’ll find the famous “reiko” incense as well as sandalwood, Koya mutsugi, and more. There are also incenses and scented oils that assist with healing and getting rid of bad smells, as well as several items that make great souvenirs. The adorable scented bags are a popular purchase.

    The shop was not far from the entrance to Okuno-in just across the street from Karukaya-do. The shop building looks quite new, but the shop is very old. It not only sell popular incense sticks but...

  • Sanchoku Market Yottette, (Roadside Station Kudoyama Shop)
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Kudoyamacho Nyugo 5-5
    This farmer's market is attached to Roadside Station Kaki-no-Sato Kudoyama in Kudoyama Town. It sells local produce as well as jam and other processed products. Persimmon is a local specialty of Kudoyama Town, so the market is stocked with both fresh and dried permissions from the area's many farms during the persimmon season. The market also carries a good selection of seasonal fruit delivered from places including Katsuragi Town and Kinokawa City. One of the market's attractions is that it carries not only local specialties but also a variety of daily necessities. This makes it a destination not just for buying souvenirs while sightseeing but also for a little everyday shopping.

    非常に大型台風でいろいろな施設が休みでしたがこちらは営業していて、地元の野菜や特産品だけでなく、和歌山各地のお土産もそろっていました。 なぜかすいかも買ってしまいました。

  • Tachiyori Dokoro
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi Koyaguchicho Nagura 288
    "This facility located a five-minute walk from JR Koyaguchi Station exhibits and sells local products and also serves as a hub for regional exchange and information dissemination. It is notable for its Furusato Architectural Landscape Award-winning retro warehouse-style exterior. Its name is a pun that the word ""stopping by (tachiyori)"" sounds similar to the word ""cutting the piece of cloth"", which refers to the Koyaguchi District's thriving pile weave texture industry. It sells a number of textile products that make excellent presents and souvenirs including handkerchiefs made with Saiori, a Japanese Chenille fabric invented by a local weaver in the late 19th century, as well as accessory cases made with Pile Gobelins, a local brand of pile fabric. Sightseeing bicycle rentals are also available."

    ひねキングカレーを探しに入って見たのですが、やはり品切れとなっていました。店員さんに聞きますと、鳥が追い付かないらしく、一週間後に入荷するかもと親切に教えてくれました。

  • Kadohama Goma-dofu Sohompo Main Store
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    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.
  • Nanpodo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan Daimon 807
    This Japanese confectionary shop is located along the Prefectural Route 53, in Koya Town, Ito District, near Mount Koya. The shop sells confectionaries such as homemade saka-manju, mochi and dango. Inside the shop, customers can take a break and drink some tea, so many pilgrims to Mount Koya also rest here.
  • "Shiga Fureai no Sato ""Arigato no Mise"""
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Shiga 1348-2
    This farmer's market is located along National Route 480, which connects Katsuragi Town to Koyasan. Customers can feel the warmth of being welcomed by the elderly people who work in the region. The market offers local seasonal vegetables and processed products such as miso paste, rice cake, and pickles at reasonable prices. The Makuni River that flows nearby is a firefly habitat, making the area a major sightseeing destination in the summer. The market's large parking lot makes it a convenient hub for sightseeing by car.
  • Kaki no Chaya Yorimichi
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Nishiiburi 612-1
    This farmer's market is located on a farm road that runs along the Bentendani River a 10-minute walk from JR Nakaiburi Station. It sells locally-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, processed products, and other items. Katsuragi is a major fruit producing town, so the market has an especially repertoire of fruit varieties. An attached cafe serves fresh strawberry juice, peach smoothies, and other drinks made with fresh fruit. The cafe also offers a number of popular items that incorporate local flavors such as yakitori-don (grilled chicken on rice) made with Kishu Umedori chicken. The lively market also regularly serves as a venue for town events and fairs.
  • Shibuta no Sho Ikeki
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    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Higashishibuta 336-1
    This farmer's market is located on National Route 480 heading from JR Kaseda Station to Koyasan. It sells fruit from local orchards, local specialties, and other products. The market is notable for having its own plum orchard and chestnut farm. In the spring the market sells umeshu (plum wine) and umeboshi (pickled plums). In the fall, visitors can enjoy harvesting and roasting chestnuts. The farm grows an especially wide range of plums in the spring including Koume, Kojiroume, and Nankobai plums. Jams and other processed products made with the fruit grown on the farm make great souvenirs.
  • Farmer's Market Yacchon Hiroba
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    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi Kishikami 522-1
    "This farmer's market is located near the Kinokawa River a 15-minute walk from Kii-Yamada Station on the JR Wakayama Line. It sells fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, and other produce delivered straight from local farms. The food court on the first floor of the market is popular for gelato made with fresh local fruits and vegetables. The Syokusaikan restaurant on the second floor serves up local flavors to enjoy. ""Yacchon"" has a number of meanings including ""gather around, everybody!"" or ""leave it up to me!"" The name was selected from the hope that the market would ""bustle with lots of people and provide customers with satisfaction and smiles."""
  • Cake TERU
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi Sudacho Kamihyogo 280-1
    "This shop offering natural sweets made with choice ingredients is located next to the Hashimoto-higashi Interchange on the Keinawa Expressway. The shop, which has a basic concept of ""easy on the body,"" makes its sweets with Suzuran eggs, a heritage egg of Hashimoto, Yotsuba butter, rock candy, and an original wheat blend. The shop forgoes the use of oxygen absorbers in its packaging to assure that the flavor of its teru, galletes, and other baked sweets is not adversely affected. We especially recommend their line of Kouya sweets, which includes financier cakes made with plenty of persimmon, mandarin orange, and plum, the three main specialties of Kishu."
  • Rankahashitama
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Pref. Hashimotoshi Ominedai 2-chome 13-8

    橋本ってあまり名物がなさそうに思っていましたが食べ□グ先生で検索するとハシタマさんがなかなかの高得点。 お店の正面には卵かけご飯をやっている卵庵ハシタマさんがありましたが、夕方でしたのでこちらはお休み。 卵菓ハシタマさんはカステラなどもやっておられるようですが残念ながら売り切れでシュークリームをいただきました。 待っている間にコーヒーをいただき大変ありがたい。 シュークリームをたべるとカスタードが...

  • Sasasushikokurayaomon
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 799

    和歌山、奈良には柿の葉で包んだ柿寿司の店が多いが、ここは笹の葉でつつんだ笹すしの店。持ち帰り用のパックもあるが、隣にイートインコーナーがあるので、少量買って食べていくにも便利。寿司の他に出汁巻きなど総菜もいくつか置いている。 3個入りの笹寿司を買って隣でイートイン。笹寿司は外からは笹の葉しか見えないので、中に入っているものが書かれている。椎茸は大きいものが煮込んであり味がしっかりついて精進料理らし...

  • Okashi Sazanami
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 796

    地元ナンバーの車がこの店の前で停め、店内に入って何かを購入しているのを目撃し、きっと名店に違いないとのことで入店いました。地味な店内に栗まんじゅうと酒まんじゅうが並んでいました。何が人気なのかよそ者にはよく分からりませんが、どうやら売れ筋は酒まんじゅうのようで、せっかくだからと購入してお土産としました。全体的に甘すぎることもなく、飾り気の全くない素朴なまんじゅうでした。

  • Kobori Minami Take Do
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 781

    2018の10月に結縁灌頂を受けに行った三回目の高野山。何か神妙な気持ちになり待ちをぶらついていると見つけた本屋さん兼文房具屋さんです。『KUKAI:空海密教の宇宙』という小冊子?写真集?を購入しました。専門書のような本が並んでいたので、次回来た時にものぞいてみようと思いました。 並びのお店”履物屋さん”も面白かったです。

  • Kotaki Kobo Do
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 728

    2018の10月に『結縁灌頂』を受けに高野山にいきました。ここには、腹痛薬で”知る人ぞ知る”『大師陀羅尼錠』を買いに入りました。入ってみると昔ながらの薬局という感じです。購入したのは『大師陀羅尼錠:60ケ入り』600円です。一番小さいのが、これでした。丸薬ではなく錠剤ですが、『ニ・ニガイ・苦い』です。下痢症の私の体質に合うかどうか、内服を初めてみました。効果があるといいなぁと思っています。

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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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