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Gourmet / Alcohol Spots in Mt. Koya Area

  • Hanabishi Koya-san Cooking
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    4.0
    64 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.

    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...

  • Kasakuni
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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
    29 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...

  • Shoeido
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
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    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 Koya Shop
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkouyachou Kouyasan 732-1
    This is a yakimochi (roasted rice cake) specialty shop at the foot of Mt. Koya in Koyasan, Koya Town. Yakimochi is a famous food of Mt. Koya with a history dating back to when Mt. Koya was opened in 816. The Kamikishiya yakimochi, moderately sweet red bean jam wrapped in sticky white-mochi rice cakes and yomogi-mochi (mugwort mochi) before being baked, boasts around 300 years of history as a souvenir for visitors to Mt. Koya. 

    We left home quite early to visit my fathers grave on the first day of Golden Week so that we can safely park our car. We arrived at Naka-no-hashi Car Park early enough to park. We visited the...

  • Kuwaraku
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    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.

    柿の葉すしなるものを食べたことがなかったので、買ってみました。道の駅では、もっと安く売っていますが、こだわる人は、こちらで買うと良いと思います。

  • Sanada Ikoi Chaya
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    3.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Kudoyama 1722-1
    This rest area is an eight-minute walk from Kudoyama Station in Kudoyama, Kudoyama Town. Run by a local volunteer group, they offer light meals including curry and udon noodles, and sell souvenirs such as goods related to Sanada Yukimura. They also deal in unique items like bento boxes (reservation only) using local foodstuffs such as their Rokumonsen bento, Oppai bento, and Choishi bento.

    まちなか休憩所にもなっていて、麦茶のサービスを受けられるようになっていました。散歩途中の小休憩で利用しました。

  • Konnyaku Kobo
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Katsuragicho Hoshikawa 324
    This cafe is located on National Route 480 heading from JR Kaseda Station to Mt. Koya. It boasts a menu featuring items made entirely with ingredients sourced locally in Wakayama. Their specialty is their omelette rice, which is made with a homemade tomato sauce. The rice contains konnyaku (yam cake), the cafe's namesake, which and gives the dish a unique mouthfeel when combined with the fluffy eggs on top. The cafe also offers coffee and cake sets. Its outdoor terrace seats offer guests a view of Mt. Koya and the persimmon orchards built on its slopes. The cafe makes a convenient rest stop while sightseeing by car.

    We had a family business in Mt. Koya. On our way back from Mt. Koya, we dropped in at a small farmers market, Konnyaku-no-sato, where we bought some good vegetables at low prices. As it was lunch...

  • Oyatsu no Jikan Cafe Style
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Itogunkudoyamachou Kudoyama 555-19
    A cafe housed in a remodeled former ryokan inn located in Kudoyama Town, Ito County, Wakayama Prefecture, an area connected to Warring States period samurai Sanada Yukimura. As befitting a former ryokan, the café’s interior, reminiscent of an old-fashioned Japanese home, is quiet and subdued. From the Japanese-style room on the second floor, patrons can enjoy a meal or a cup of tea while gazing out over a tranquil rural landscape. The café’s lunches, made with enzyme brown rice and an abundance of local vegetables, are particularly popular. The café’s smooth Sanada pudding can be lined up in two rows of three to create Sanada Yukimura’s banner emblem of six squares in six circles.

    I was going to catch the train when I ran into a sign that pointed to a café. So I followed it and came to what looked like a neat old house just a block off the main tourist path. It actually was...

  • Kimagure
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Hashimoto-shi Nishihata 489-1
    This cafe is located a 15-minute drive from Hashimoto Station on the JR Wakayama Line and the Nankai Koya Line or from Hashimoto Interchange on the Keinawa Expressway. The open cafe is situated on a 300 meter-high elevated spot overlooking Hashimoto City. Its centerpieces are its brick oven and its traditional sunken hearth. There is an amusing mismatch between the cafe's western-style exterior and cuisine and its quintessentially Japanese-style interior. The pizzas baked in the cafe's brick oven are chewy on the inside and crispy and fragrant on the outside. We also recommend their brick oven grilled spring chicken, with its crispy skin and juicy meat, as well as their brick oven baked red snapper in salt crust, which is cooked and served whole (These items must be ordered in advance.).

    車の運転初級者ではなかなかたどり着けない場所にありました。何より駐車の場所があまりないので予約は必須です。ピザは薄皮のパリパリで美味しかったですが、一枚ずつ焼いてるようで?時間はかかりました。

  • Ajikobo Nokami
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Hashimotoshi Oharata 10-1
    "This Japanese restaurant is located in Oharata, Hashimoto City. It offers kaiseki cuisine and dinner courses (reservation required) as well as ""mini kaiseki,"" set meals and other items prepared with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also offers limited-supply set meals featuring tempura of lobster and seasonal vegetables as well as catered bento boxes."
  • Nanpodo
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    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.
  • Cake TERU
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    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."
  • Komi Coffee Koyasan Main Store
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 571

    A great place for lunch before visiting the cemetery or for a snack after your visit. Or, just for a snack even without the cemetery. Or for dinner! We had lunch here and found the sandwiches good...

  • Higurashi
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 725

    We wanted a small lunch and this place was a hit! The toasted sandwiches and the matcha green tea cheesecake were surprising but delicious flavors. They make delicious cheesecakes and the menu...

  • Tsukumo
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 243

    Restaurant is not very large, the furniture is outdated, but there are two traditional tables where you sit on tatamis. Family style cuisine with no pretention (donburi...), but tasty and cheap. The...

  • TOKUSA
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    5.0
    14 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    355, Oharata, Hashimoto-shi, Wakayama, 648-0071

    We had the pleasure to discover this place on our first day of our second trip to Japan. Let me start with saying that it has an typical Japanese style. The chef is very skilled and the fish has an...

  • Ha Chiyo U
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 49-3

    The food was good, and the amount of servings was generous. The staff were friendly and helpful despite a lack of English. The location is next to the entrance of the Oku-no-in gravesite on the...

  • Tonkatsu Sada
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Ito-gun Koyacho Koyasan 49-48

    Had a short walk up from the nearby Kokuu hostel, a simple restaurant with friendly owners who are tolerant of multi-nationals and suitably patient. Good value and simple foods that hit the spot in...

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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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