Rest Spot Spots in Mt. Koya Area
- Michinoeki (Roadside Station) Kaki no Sato Kudoyama
- 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 Kushigaki no Sato
- 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.
The Nabetani Tunnel newly opened to traffic, which has made the drive from Osaka to Mt. Koya easier, smoother, and faster. I found this roadside rest stop with a farmers market and a restaurant the...
- Roadside Station Kinokawa River Manyo no sato
- 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.
- Roadside Station Katsuragi Nishi
- 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.
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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