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Shopping Spots in Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / Nachi Area

  • Seafood Market at Fisherman’s Wharf of Shirahama
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1667-22
    Seafood Market at the seaside leisure spot of Fisherman’s Wharf of Shirahama in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama. Find fresh fish packed together, including horse mackerel, chicken grunt, sea bream, etc. You can choose your favorite fish then have it prepared for you as sashimi, or boiled or grilled and made into an original seafood dish that you can enjoy on the spot. They have indoor and terrace seating.
  • Hoko-an
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji 2173-1
    A workshop in Taiji Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture which makes and sells whale-themed folk crafts; whales are a symbol of the town of Taiji. The cute, round bodies of the shop’s lucky earthenware whale bells called “Kissho Kujira Dorei”, which are based on a local legend about a whale, make them popular souvenirs. The workshop sells a wide variety of uniquely designed items, including tableware and toothpick holders. Hoko-an also holds classes in which participants can paint their own ceramic pieces (reservation required). You can bring home your completed piece the same day.
  • Katsu-ura Kaisanbutsu Center
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 5-1-1
    This souvenir shop is in front of Kii-Katsuura Station and carries nearly 500 specialty Wakayama products, with a focus on marine products. It is operated by a fish shop and guarantees the freshness of its fish and dried products. There’s tuna, whale, horse mackerel, common squid, and other fish along with processed goods. You’ll also find Kishu dried plums, kelp, wakame sea vegetable, local sake, sweets made from orange and plum, and more. There’s even a rest area you can use while waiting for the train.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Shirahama
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1667-22
    This leisure and resort area in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County of Wakayama Prefecture has a fresh seafood market operated by local fishers, a restaurant, and a diving base. Visitors enjoy eating the freshly caught fish and shellfish, displayed on the stalls, right there on the spot. One can enjoy Japanese food, Italian, or seafood barbecue from the four restaurant shops on the wharf. Divers can choose from various course levels; from a easy diving encounter, up to boat diving for more experienced divers. Even beginners can safely try diving here at the Nanki Shirahama waters.
  • Momijiya Honpo
    4 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 470
    This yokan (sweet bean jelly) specialty shop is in Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It opened in 1900 and operated over four generations before closing down once. The current owner used recipes he found in his grandfather’s Buddhist altar to recreate the original taste. The shop’s flagship product is the “hon-neri yokan,” of which only 200 can be produced daily. Each one is carefully made using Hokkaido azuki beans and agar from Osaka. The shop was recently awarded first place at the Monde Selection competition. The surface is crispy and has a unique dry texture.

    甘さ控えまで美味しい羊羹です。 一本が結構いいお値段なので、少しずつ味わっていただいています。 表面がカリカリの羊羹は 年配の人には懐かしいようで、 お土産で喜ばれます。

  • Akizuno Garten
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu 4558-8
    This hands-on sightseeing facility located in Kamiakizu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture used to be wooden elementary school building. There’s a farm restaurant with a buffet offering locally produced food, a farmers’ market, a workshop where you can make sweets using locally produced oranges and such, an archive about oranges, and more. The classrooms and hallways exude a Showa-period school atmosphere. There’s also a lodging facility.

    I stayed here on the first night of a self guided solo hike with raw travel. The accommodation was relaxing and beautiful traditional Japanese room. The dinner and breakfast was amazing and would...

  • Nachiguro-souhonpo
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Moriura 438
    This long-established sweets manufacturer opened in 1877 and is famous for its “Nachiguro” black candy product, a well-known Wakayama product. The headquarters and factory are located in Taiji Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. There’s a showroom where various Nachiguro products are sold, such as “kuroame Nachiguro” and “tokusei kokuto karinto (fried cookies).” There’s also brown sugar made from sugar cane from Tokunoshima of the Amami archipelago and other Nachiguro products that really make you feel the blessings of Nangoku. Tour reservations available.
  • Maruso Kamabokoten
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Inside river 75-1
    This famous boiled fish paste producer is located in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The “Chijo no Sakana, Kamaten Kobo” workshop adjoins the facility. After the fish is purchased, the fish paste is produced in a series of processes that require not only machines, but also the careful skill of artisans. You’ll find a variety of new products that combine a traditional taste with a modern flourish. The most popular product is the “kamaten set,” which combines seven types of tempura. The “kamaten burger,” which contains fried minced fish, and panda-themed items are popular too.
  • Meijuan
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuranishi 360-1
    This local cafe is located in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The owner used to work as a French chef and fell in love with the Nanko-ume plums of Wakayama, so he moved here and opened this establishment. The floor hearths and sash windows evoke a nostalgic atmosphere. There’s croque-monsieur, warm soup, salad with handmade plum dressing, and more.
  • Ryujin Heart
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 165
    This café and shop built next to the Ryujin Roadside Station in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama stands out for its steepled log cabin design. It is operated by a group of women with a goal of revitalizing the region and inside the shop you’ll find additive-free goods for sale made from local ingredients. Here you can find local Ryujin souvenirs such as Yuzubeshi, which is a delicacy of barley miso and peanut mixed up and stuffed inside a yuzu citrus, or karinto sweet fried snacks made from rice dregs. In the café corner enjoy a light meal with options such as Ryujin miso croquettes, yuzu citrus juice, and cakes.
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmurafukui 493
    This is a select shop for woodworking tools inside the Michi-no-Eki roadside station Mizu-no-sato Hidakagawa-Ryuyu along National Route 424 in Fukui, Ryujin Village, Tanabe City. They sell furniture including tables and chairs handmade by artisans from Ryujin Village's hinoki (cypress) and sugi (cedar). They also deal in works of local artists including stained glass and ceramics.
  • Uomasa
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1353-1
    This is a kamaboko (processed fish paste) specialty shop built in 1931 along Prefectural Route 34 in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County. The Nanba-yaki, a famous product of Nanki-Shirahama Onsen, is premium kamaboko using fresh fish caught in Kishu such as lizardfish and silver white croaker. In addition, the Gobomaki which is minced fish and burdock rolled in fish skin, then covered in traditional sauce before being grilled, is another popular specialty alongside Nanba-yaki. 
  • Shunsai-an Kadoya
    1 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Minoru 371-16
    This is a Japanese confectionery shop inside Toretore Market along Prefectural Route 31 in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County. They do demonstrations sales of Usukawa Manju made with moderately sweet bean jam and bell-shaped Suzuyaki castella cake. In addition, they also sell the famous Yuzu Monaka (bean-jam-filled wafers), Kai no Yume Monaka and their own cheesecake pudding.


  • Chikatsuyu
    2 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 1810-1
    Chikatsuyu is a large drive-in area which offers food, souvenirs, and a chance to walk along the Kumano-kodo pilgrimage route. The place has a selection of specialty products typical of Wakayama Prefecture. In the food court you can have bowls of rice topped with Wakayama's famous brand of chicken “Umedori”, udon and soba noodles with Kumano beef, and soft ice cream made from the delicious Wakayama tangerines. Chikatsuyu is approximately 30 minutes by car from Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine and Hongu Onsen resort.

    田辺から新宮へ向けてただただ山道を奥へ進んでいると盆地的な感じで平地が開けて見えてくるのがこちら。 最初は道の駅かな?と思ったけど道の駅ではなさそう。 物販とか面白そうだしいいと思うけどね。

  • Minato Matsuri
    8 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 1557-20
    This municipal marine facility is near Kushimoto Ohashi Bridge, which services Kii Oshima Island. The fishing town of Kushimoto Town is greatly affected by the Kuroshio Current, and Minato Matsuri collaborates on the distribution and development of various marine products with the Fisheries Experiment Station of the adjacent Wakayama Research Center of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The souvenir corner on the first floor sells fresh, high-grade seafood such as Kushimoto brand Shorasan bonito, spiny lobster, and abalone. Their second-floor eatery offers rice bowls made from locally harvested seafood, and their highly popular Sanshokudon Meal Set features young shirasu sardines, tobiko flying fish roe, and raw tuna.

    味噌汁こぼされ火傷したのに 大丈夫ですかもなく それを言うと本人でてこず 悪気はないのでと何もなかったです もう二度と行きません

  • Yamaguchi Kohodo
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan 167-2
    "This souvenir shop is half way along the approach to Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine and Seigantoji Temple. They sell traditional Nachiguro inkstones used for calligraphy, made of Nachiguroishi black stone. Officially designated Wakayama Prefecture souvenirs, these items are of such superb quality that they've been presented to the Imperial family as gifts. The second-generation shopkeeper is recognized as a Wakayama Prefecture master craftsman and has won the Japan Inter-Design Award. The shop is renowned for a kind of inkstone known as the ""Mandala-no-Michi,"" made from a particularly rare variety of Nachiguroishi black stone. Their figurines of owls and the mythical yatagarasu are popular."
  • Kaisen Senbei Nanki
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Shinjouchou 3076-1
    A souvenir and gift shop situated along Prefectural Route 33 facing Uchinoura Bay. Inside, visitors will find ebisen shrimp crackers and all manner of seafood senbei rice crackers. Visitors can also watch the shop’s senbei being made via a window in the workshop area. In addition, the shop offers samplings of crackers hot off the griddle and free coffee, visitors can stop by and take a snack break while gazing at the picturesque ocean nearby. The adjoining restaurant serves homemade dishes like local vegetable tempura and sweets all-you-can-eat buffet style. The shop’s parking area is spacious and can accommodate many vehicles, making the shop the perfect place to stop at and take a break while on a long drive through the area.
  • Nachi Neboke-dou
    37 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Ichinono 3434-1
    This historic Japanese sweet shop was founded in Osaka in 1624. It's approximately five minutes on foot from Daimonzaka's Married Cedars on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. In the quest for the best water for making their sweets, they opened this store in Katsuura to use spring water from Mt. Nachi. Visitors can observe their facility's crafting process with its dedication to flavor and safety. They use Okinawa made sugar for an array of items like ice cream, karinto manju treats, and their original kuro-ame sweets that are meant to be reminiscent of Kishu binchotan charcoal. Meals that feature local marine produce like their raw tuna-topped rice bowls are available too.


  • Katsuura Fishing Port Nigiwai Market
    28 Reviews
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 7-12
    A fishing port located in Nachikatsuura Town, a part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range World Heritage Site. The port serves as a base for tuna longline fishing and boasts the greatest catches of fresh tuna in Japan. Tuna auctions are also held here early in the morning, and visitors can watch this taking place from a second-floor observation deck. The Katsuura Fishing Port Nigiwai Market is held at the port every Sunday morning. Visitors to the market can purchase fresh seafood at bargain prices. In addition, the Nankikatsuura Onsen hot spring district is located right next door, making it easy to plan a fun-filled sightseeing route.

    Having already visited the Tsukiji Market a few days earlier we weren't particularly gung-ho about rising early to traipse to this regional tuna auction. However, while we were strolling by the...

  • Jofuku Park Shop
    Wakayama Shingu-shi Jofuku 1-4-24
    This park located a two-minute walk from JR Shingu Station. The park is dedicated to the Chinese alchemist and explorer Xu Fu, known in Japan as Jofuku. It is said that he came to Japan over 2,200 years ago in search of the elixir of life on the order of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang. The park features a particularly vivid Chinese-style tower gate, a stone memorial to Xu Fu, and seven stone monuments to his seven chief vassals. The park's shop sells a number of Xu Fu-themed merchandise including Jofuku-no-Yu bath additive and Jofukucha. Jofukucha is a blend of Kumano green tea and Japanese evergreen spicebush, which is said to have been discovered by Xu Fu on his search for the elixir of life. The park also offers bicycle and Chinese dress rentals.

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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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