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  • Naka Kori-ten
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    4.5
    22 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Shingu 551-12
    A shaved ice specialty shop located in Shingu, Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture which is famous not just among local children but also fans around the country. Old-fashioned in appearance with tables and chairs set up out front, an air of the bygone Showa era emanates from the shop. The shop uses water from a pure Wakayama stream, selected as one of the 100 most famous in Japan in the Heisei period, which is slowly frozen over several days to create ice equal to any natural ice; this is then thinly shaved to create a delicate, icy treat. The most popular item on the menu is the matcha milk kintoki, made with matcha green tea and sweet adzuki beans; visitors love the heaping helping of syrup and the light sweetness of the beans.

    Hidden in a small alley this is a very popular place for schoolchildren and Japanese visitors coming from the Kamikura shrine. A huge variety of delicious flavors. The shaved ice is very fine and...

  • Pescatori
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Susaki 300-4
    An Italian restaurant located along the sea in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture easily identifiable by the laundry hung out to dry over the shop front. The restaurant’s large glass windows and terrace seating provide a sweeping view of the beautiful nearby ocean, giving diners the chance to enjoy their meal in an airy and open atmosphere. The restaurant’s signature menu item is its authentic pizzas, baked in a handmade stone oven. The restaurant serves a variety of pizzas, including the staple margherita and pescatori, topped with a hearty helping of seafood delights. Pescatori also offers a full menu of pastas and side dishes.
  • Hashiori-chaya
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    3.5
    2 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 907-2
    A restaurant and souvenir shop located in Nakahechi Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture adjoining the Chikatsuyu Oji, one of the 99 Oji (small shrines) situated along the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage route. The shop sells pieces by local pottery artists, dyed goods, miso, and other local specialty products. In the dining space, you can enjoy kamatama udon noodles made with local vegetables and daily lunch specials. There’s a footbath outside where you can soothe tired feet while sipping authentic siphon coffee.

    Hashiori Chaya is directly on the Kumano Kodo path and we had two very nice, regular black coffees here. Excellent service ofcourse. A good stop on the route

  • Fukubishi Kagerou Café
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1279-3
    A café located along the sea in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture situate next to Fukubishi, a long-standing Japanese and Western sweet producer which was founded in 1933. The café’s large menu includes kagerou, a renowned sweet from the Nanki Shirahama area, fresh kagerou only sold here, breakfast dishes, cutlet sandwiches, matcha green tea, light meals, and more. The airy terrace seating area looks out over the harbor, and from here you can take a break and feel like you’re at a resort.

    Went searching for a coffee shop and I am so glad we found this one! The coffee was delicious and was accompanied by a lovely little butter biscuit. Whilst there we decided to try some of the...

  • Cafe Bocu
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 203
    This privately-owned café in the heart of the mountains in Nakahechi Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama, operates out of a 100-year-old Japanese home. The female Osakan owner provides a warm atmosphere. Their plate lunches which use plenty of brown rice and pesticide-free vegetables, as well as their homemade bread made with natural yeast, are very popular, drawing many fans from far and wide. Their natural yeast bread is also available to take-out.

    旅行中立ち寄りました。 山に囲まれた田舎の古民家は静かで風通しがよく、夏場でも心地よく過ごせました。 たくさんのお惣菜が並んだプレートランチを注文しました。 どれも本当に美味しかったです! 焼きたてパンもお持ち帰りして美味しくいただきました◎

  • Kamakura Shoten
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2992
    This long-established store is close to the historical hot spring Saki-no-Yu in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro District, Wakayama. Their “Ideyu hantai Tamago” (hot spring soft-boiled eggs) are famous for being introduced on a TV show about exquisite hot spring gourmet. This soft-boiled egg is cooked in 86°C hot spring water, cooking the yolk hard but making the white runny, opposite to what you might expect. You can take-out or eat inside.
  • Sangosho
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 500-1
    A restaurant located in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture where all the seats have an ocean view, during their meal diners can enjoy gazing out over Engetsu Island, the symbol of Nanki Shirahama. The restaurants fish tanks are filled with Japanese spiny lobster, a Wakayama specialty, as well as longtooth grouper, abalone, striped beakfish, and more. In addition to extravagant ikizukuri spiny lobster banquets and seasonal longtooth grouper nabe hotpot, the restaurant also offers a reasonably priced spiny lobster lunch and an abundant variety of set meals. The restaurant’s dishes made with kutsu-ebi slipper lobster, an extremely rare treat, are also a must-eat.

    The restaurant is located at the full sea view, all seafood are fresh and cook instantly, it is a very local style restaurant, quality food and nice view with reasonable price. Worth to drop down for...

  • Kiraku
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 890-48
    A popular cafeteria located in Shirahama, Nishimuro County, Wakayama which bustles with local regulars and tourists alike. Offering an abundant menu of set meals and dishes made with fresh local seafood, Kiraku offers unique Wakayama tastes like the Kumanoji-don rice bowl topped with sashimi and edible wild plants, as well as mehari-zushi, a Wakayama specialty. The restaurant’s nabe hotpots and Tsukuri platters made with seafood like wild longtooth grouper, spiny lobster, and rare kutsu-ebi slipper lobster - whatever is best and freshest at the market that day. In addition to counter seating, the restaurant also has tatami mat seating, making it great for families as well.

    We stopped in for an early dinner on a Wednesday evening when only a handful of locals were scattered around the tables. The staff were charming and fast to deliver an English menu. A tempura/sashimi...

  • Sabo Chincho-an (Hongu Branch)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu 1110
    A Japanese confectionary shop established in 1951 located in front of the torii gate of the Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine in Hongu Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The shop’s Kumano-mode-mochi rice cakes are often eaten by shrine visitors before worshipping at the shrine; simple in flavor, they consist of sweet an bean paste wrapped in mochi pounded rice and dusted with brown rice flour. The perfect place to take a break, Chincho-an also serves matcha green tea and mehari-zushi rice balls in pickled mustard leaves, a local dish, while still warm. Inside, the shop has a modern and quiet atmosphere with tables for customers.
  • Japanese Dining Banya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1667-22
    This Japanese style restaurant is on the second floor of the seaside leisure spot Fisherman’s Wharf Shirahama in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama. They boast the freshest seafood cuisine using same-day caught seafood from nearby Yuzaki Harbor. Try seafood at a reasonable price including red sea bream, Ise-ebi (spiny lobster), and the rare kutsu-ebi prawn. From the large shop windows you can gaze over the sea as you dine.
  • Marukiyo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1384-50
    A restaurant in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture located along the main street close to Shirahama Beach. Boasting karaage (fried chicken), nabe hotpot, and arani stew made with longtooth grouper, a high class winter specialty, this famous restaurant is frequently visited by local regulars as well as tourists. The barbecue sets featuring seafood grilled over a charcoal brazier are also popular. The restaurant offers a wide selection of set meals, course meals, and a la carte dishes, and the special homemade fruit liqueurs and local sakes on the menu are also renowned.
  • Scarpetta
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    3.0
    9 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 1667-22 Fisherman's Wharf Shirahama
    This Italian restaurant is on the second floor of seaside leisure spot Fisherman’s Wharf Shirahama in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama. The restaurant is managed by an owner and head chef of a restaurant that won a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Culinary Art. They currently only open for lunch and are known for their pasta lunch which uses local Kishu region ingredients and fresh seafood and as such changes depending on what is fresh and available. From the shop windows and terrace seats you can gaze over Shirarahama, giving you a brief escape to a resort atmosphere.

    This is not the best designed restaurant - little decor and big with tables scattered around. We ordered pizza as we wanted a break from Japanese food. The pizzas were good and the service was...

  • Nanki-Shirahama Milk & Beer Hall Tsukumo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3309-22 Ginza Building 1F (Shirahama Ginza Shopping Area)
    This small bistro and bar in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama, is near the Shirarahama beach area. With the gentle indoor lighting couples or friends can relax with a drink in the adult atmosphere. Alcohol options of course includes local specialty Nagisa Beer along with some great vintage wines and a variety of other choices. Their popular food options, which include stone oven pizzas and grilled short-horn beef, use fresh outdoor grown vegetables.
  • Mankou
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kushimoto 42-17
    A restaurant with an old-fashioned feel located a two minute walk from Kushimoto Station. Renowned for its dishes made with local seafood, Mankou has been frequently featured in travel magazines. The shop’s signature dish is its skipjack tuna chazuke; the secret recipe sesame sauce is what really puts it over the top. The dish can be enjoyed two ways in a single sitting, first as a rice bowl topped with lightly pickled skipjack tuna sashimi, and then chazuke-style by pour piping-hot roasted rice tea over the bowl. Mankou is also famous for the lines which can form outside its door on weekends and during lunchtime.
  • Kaisen sushi toretore ICHIBA
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    3.5
    94 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Katata 2523-1
    This revolving sushi restaurant is located in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture near the Toretore seafood market. It is directly managed by the local fishermen’s cooperative. It is a popular establishment that offers amazingly fresh seasonal sushi toppings at reasonable prices. There are normally over 100 types available, including kelp bass, bluefin tuna, and other Wakayama specialties. There is counter seating as well as table seating available for both individuals and families.

    Wouldnt say that this restaurant is that good, pretty much the same as a kaisen sushi anywhere else in Tokyo. I didnt feel like the food was that great and I wouldnt put this in the top 10 in...

  • Steak House Hinoki
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 1-1-13
    This steakhouse opened in 1972 in Nachikatsuura Town of Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It is run by the second-generation owner. Since its opening, its flagship item has been a hamburg made from 100% local high-quality “Kumano” beef. For lunch, there’s a set that includes a juicy hamburg along with Katsuura tuna steak. Hamburgers are popular, too. For dinner, you can enjoy steak made with Kumano beef and Japanese black beef as well as fresh grilled seafood.

    I love sushi but a good steak is heavenly. You are in tuna town but this place ignores that a brings great Japanese beef to the table in a welcoming space. English menu and the chef speaks as well...

  • Kaisenya Senjo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2927-722F
    You’ll find this fishermen cooperative-operated restaurant near the famous “Senjojiki” site in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The offer several options, such as set meals with fish caught the same day and homemade dried foods, rice bowls, and a la carte dishes. The tuna rice bowl, tuna cutlet, and Ise lobster dishes are especially popular, as is the “tuna cutlet burger” that comes with a hearty helping of vegetables and tartar sauce. You can gaze upon Senjojiki and the sea from the interior, and they sell Wakayama souvenirs too.
  • Kaisen Ryori Jinrikky
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou Yuzaki running hot water 3079-22
    You’ll find this seafood restaurant facing the Shirahama Beach in Shirahama Town, Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The white-based interior is decorated with foliage plants, and you can gaze at the sea while eating. There is an abundance of both Japanese and Western seafood dishes made from fresh ingredients, as well as pizza, French fries, Ise lobster, and more. Popular options include the “mizukemuri mushi,” featuring lobster and roasted vegetables steamed on stones, and the lobster cream croquettes.

    The location is the best, vue on the beach, owner is a great chef; she is so kind and food are very delicious and healthy! Free wifi

  • Café Petra no Sato
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2927-1790
    You’ll find this cafe in the hills of Shirahama Town in Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The two-story log cabin really brings out the feel of the wood. The tables are made of zelkova wood and there’s a hearth as well, giving the interior a very homey feeling. You can see the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from the deck thanks to the cafe’s great location. You’ll feel like you’re at a resort as you enjoy their famous organic coffee and sweets made with local “Jabara” citrus fruit.

    白浜近辺であまりカフェがなかったのですが、 千畳敷近くにカフェがあったので寄ってみました。 車で急な上り坂をいくとすぐあります。 珈琲にこだわりがあり、他の飲み物も独特で、ちょっと一息つきたい方はぜひに。

  • Momijiya Honpo
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    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。

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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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