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Groceries Spots in Shirahama / Ryujin / Kumano / Nachi Area

  • Nanki Shirahama Toretore Market
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2521
    Located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture, Toretore Market is one of the largest seafood markets in western Japan and is operated by the local Katata Fishery Cooperative. Boasting grounds some 50 thousand square meters in size, the market is filled with fresh seafood not only from Wakayama but around the country. A diverse array of processed goods, meats, vegetables, and even Wakayama souvenirs are sold here, and the market bustles constantly with visitors. Market highlights include the giant tanks filled with fish swimming around while waiting to be sold and the popular tuna butchering shows. Visitors can eat sushi and seafood rice bowls at Toretore Yokocho; the market’s seafood barbecue is also popular.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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。

  • 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.
  • 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
    3 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.

    かどやのどら焼きは かど焼のブランド名ではんばいされてます。毎日焼かれてそのおいしさときたら 1度食べるとほかのどらやきは物足りなさを感じずにはいられないほどです。ぜひ、一度たべてみてください。わたしは毎月必ず食べてます。

  • Chikatsuyu
    6 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.

    You go through this village if on the Kumano Kodo. There are a few little eateries, snack and souvenir shops. There are done Japanese houses with exquisite gardens. It’s pretty deserted in the winter...

  • Minato Matsuri
    10 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.


  • Nachi Neboke-dou
    41 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.

    食事も出来ますが、どちらかと言えばお土産屋さんがメインの店です。 お土産を買ったついでに、食事もすると言った感じですね。

  • Katsuura Fishing Port Nigiwai Market
    39 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.

    Went in after the tuna auction for some fresh quality tuna. Did not disappoint ! Its a very small market with around 15-20 shops. But their food s great ! Outdoor dining area available as well

  • Kamasen
    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Ichinono 3917-1
    This kamaboko(boiled fish-paste) shop is located along the Nachisan-Katsuura Line (Prefectural Road 46) in Nono, Nachikatsuura Town, Higashimuro County. It offers a full lineup of kamaboko and other nerimono (paste products) made at the adjacent factory. This includes their Isonanba, which is made exclusively by hand, and their Yamaimo Kamaboko, which include an entire Japanese yam. Other offerings include tsukudani (simmered seafood preserves) made with tuna from Katsuura Fishing Port, processed whale meat, sweets, souvenirs, and more. There is also the day-use bathhouse “Tennen Onsen Kumano no Sato” as well as a restaurant.
  • Jofukucha (Japanese Evergreen Spicebush Tea)
    Wakayama Shingu-shi Jofuku 1-4-24 Jofuku Park
    This shop located inside Jofuku Park a two-minute walk from JR Shingu Station sells Jofukucha, an original blended tea created by the Jofuku Association. It is a blend of Kumano green tea and Japanese evergreen spicebush (Lindera strychnifolia). Legend has it that the plant was discovered by the Chinese alchemist Xu Fu (known as Jofuku in Japan), who had come to Japan on the order of China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang in search of the elixir of life. Jofukucha is a health drink made with roots and leaves of the plant, which have powerful free radical eliminating effects according to recent research. We recommend the tea, which is sold in tea bags as well as in 500 ml plastic bottles, both for personal use as well as a souvenir.
  • Wakayama Minami Fishers' Association, Susami Branch
    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Susami Cho Susami 4866-7
    The Susami branch of the Wakayama Minami Fishers' Association, which sells special marine products, is located a ten-minute walk from Susami Station on the JR Kisei Line. Bonito caught in locally called Kenken ryo (fishing method of trolling) are taken out of the water one by one, pithed, and preserved in ice, yielding meat that is of the highest quality for sashimi (fish served raw) or tataki (lightly roasted fish). This branch also sells vacuum packs of surume squid, which can be sent via regular mail like postcards and used for New Year's or other seasonal greetings. These packs also make popular souvenirs.
  • Nanki Shirahama Nagisa Beer
    9 Reviews
    Wakayama Nishimuro-gun Shirahamacho 2927-220
    This is located about a ten-minute drive from the Nanki Shirahama Interchange on the Kisei Expressway. It is the manufacturing and sales source for Nagisa Beer, a product of the traditions and geography of Nanki Shirahama. This beer, made with the famous local Nanki Shirahama Tonda Water, goes down easily, has a rich, deep flavor, and a fragrant scent. The sales counter inside the plant features not only the usual pale ale, American wheat, and IPA varieties, but also seasonal specialties, such as Mandarin orange ale and Pilsner, all freshly brewed and available to taste. The plant also offers free tours.


  • Farmers’ Market Yottette, Inari Main Building
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Inaricho 270-1
    "This farmer's makert is located five minutes from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Route 42. Producers sell not only their best fresh vegetables but also various citrus fruits throughout the year in this farmers' and fishers' market whose motto is ""Fresh, Reliable, Cheap."" Especially popular is the Fish Products Section, where customers can obtain fresh fish sent directly from the fishers who caught them, as well as homemade cakes sweets, and other processed foods made by local producers. On the second floor is the casual Yottette Cafe, along with a section that sells dried plums, plum wine, and other products derived from plums. On the same property is the farm-to-table buffet restaurant Hachijuhachiya."
  • Tanaume Main Store
    1 Reviews
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Fukuromachi 39
    Located about a ten-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Route 42, near the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route, this is a venerable shop, founded in 1865, that sells Kamaboko (ready-to-eat processed seafood maintaining the taste and amount of protein of the fish). The shop's methods for making Kamaboko have remained unchanged since its founding, and each day begins with cutting fish into three slices by hand. The famous local specialty Nanbayaki is made by minced white croaker and shaping it into squares before roasting. The popular Gobomaki is made by mixing ground fish with lightly simmered burdock root, wrapping it in fish skin, and roasting it. Freshly made Kamaboko can be purchased in the shop, although the exact varieties may vary from day to day.


Wakayama Areas


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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