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  • 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.
  • Café Petra no Sato
    2 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.


  • 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。

  • Kishu Ume no Sato Nakata (Main Direct Sales Store)
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Shimomisu 1475
    Located in Shimomisu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, this longstanding dried plum producer opened in 1897, and this is the main factory’s direct sales store. The large interior carries many varieties of dried plums, with a focus on Kishu Nanko plums, as well as plum liquor with the scent and taste of ripe plums, various plum-based ingredients, and more. There’s an eating space as well. The staff offer a popular free tour that explains the manufacturing process, and there’s an adjoining gallery with art exhibitions related to plums as well.
  • Daimon-saka Chaya
    Style / Fashion
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan 392-4
    You’ll find this teahouse in front of “Meotosugi” near the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route “Daimonzaka” in Nachikatsuura Town, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture. It makes a great rest stop, and they even rent out Heian period clothing. They have “eboshi” noble headgear for men, traveling costumes for women, children’s clothing, and more in a variety of colors and sizes. You can get photos taken in costume and even walk to Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine while wearing them.
  • Takehara
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Tsukiji 4-3-23
    This dining facility is about a three-minute walk through the arcade from Kii-Katsuura Station, and it’s well-known for its local tuna dishes. The snug interior features only counter seats and is often filled with tourists as well as locals. The fresh tuna is bought directly from fishermen and has a viscous texture with a rich taste. The thick cuts of tuna sashimi are especially popular. There are also a la carte dishes and sets, and the place is busy in the afternoon and evening.
  • Taishu Sakaba Chokyu Sakaba
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3079-6
    This popular pub is located in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture and was featured in pub expert Kazuhiko Ota’s “Three Best Pubs in Japan.” You’ll find local foods such as Nachikatsuura tuna, freshly caught oval squid, whale, skipjack, shellfish, and more along with many kinds of liquor for reasonable prices. There are counter seats, raised tatami-floored seats, and tatami seats, so both individuals and groups are welcome. This establishment is popular with both locals and tourists.
  • Tsukumoto Ashi-yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 3079-20
    You’ll find this foot bath facility in “Yuzaki Tsukumoto Hot Spring Park” in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It is near the southern tip of “Shirarahama Beach,” which is famous for its white sand. Anyone can enter free of charge. The “Mabuyu” bath is the source of the water, and it is widely appreciated as a spot where you can casually experience a famous bath that has been loved for centuries. Warm your feet and body while enjoying the sea breeze.
  • Tour of Ki-no-Matsushima Islands
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Katsura 442-20
    This sightseeing cruise ship departs from the Katsuura sightseeing pier and treats passengers to the beauty of the deep blue sea and small islands. The area is referred to as “Ki’s Matsushima” because its beauty is said to rival that of Matsushima, considered one of Japan’s three most scenic spots. You can see “camel rocks,” “lion island,” “crane island,” which is famous for its caves, and Yamanari Island, where it is said Taira no Koremori drowned himself after his defeat. You can also get off at the Taiji Whale Museum partway through and catch another boat afterwards. Kii-Katsuura Station is the closest station to the pier.

    何度も乗っていますが飽きません。 名勝の紀の松島を間近に見られますし岩の間を絶妙なテクニックで通り抜けたりします。外海に出るとかなり揺れますが逆に楽しいです。 ホテル浦島さんの有名な忘帰洞を海から見ることもできます。 親潮の色が違うことを感じてください。 料金は1400円ほどでした。 浦島さん中の島さんにお泊りの方はホテル桟橋から乗船することもできますが眺めの良い席は先に埋まってしまますので...

  • Tsumugi Cafe
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 2927-1704
    You’ll find this cafe near the famous “Sandanbeki cave” tourist spot in Shirahama Town of Nishimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. The Oriental ambience features various Turkish articles, lamps, and more, and you can see the beautiful sea and sunset from the window. There are mini private rooms separated by partitions as well as sofas, so many customers like to relax here. The menu includes hamburgs, pasta, kebabs, and oven-baked pancakes for teatime and dessert.

    千畳敷徒歩圏のカフェ。 店内はトルコランプ&雑貨がたくさん置かれていていきなりアジアンな雰囲気。 和歌山とトルコの縁は知っていましたが、こんなカフェも白浜に合ったんですね。発見。 初めて食べるケバブライス。が、なんと絶品。目を見張るおいしさで、お皿にどーんとボリュームがありましたがスプーンが止まらなかったです。 トルコのピザ「ピデ」は形が丸ではなく長い楕円。これも美味しい! 店内にはインスタスポッ...

  • Toukei-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Prefecture Tanabe City Toyo 1-1
    This shrine is located in Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture and is affectionately referred to as “Gongen-san” due to it being called Tanabe Shrine after the transfer of the deity “Kumano Gongen” here. Kumano Betto Tanzo, said to be Musashibo Benkei’s father, is said to have held a cockfight in front of the main shrine in order to decide which side to support during the Genpei War. He ended up supporting Minamoto and leading the Kumano navy to victory. You’ll find statues of Tanzo and Benkei on the shrine grounds, and treasures such as the pot used to give the infant Benkei his first bath and Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s flute are kept here. Near the start of October, many visit for the “Benkei Festival.”
  • Shirahama Aquarium, Kyoto University
    117 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Nishimurogunshirahamachou 459
    This aquarium is annexed to the Kyoto University marine laboratory, and it’s open to the public for a fee. There are four different exhibits, with sharks, rays, large migratory fish, species from the neighboring waters, freshwater fish, and more on display. It also has one of the country’s best collections of invertebrates, including sea anemones, sea cucumbers, and more. There’s a 250-ton tank as well, making this a popular tourist spot. It’s also great for academic study.

    This is an aquarium located in the marine station of Kyoto University. Its small, but highly educational. Professors take time to curate maybe during weekdays. Entrance fee is only 600¥, free for...

  • Toho jaya
    10 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Shingushi Yokomachi 2-2-12
    This longstanding shop offers local Japanese cuisine and sushi with a focus on seafood, including Pacific saury, whale, and more. Located in Yokomachi, Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture, its flagship item is “narezushi” made from salted saury that is pickled together with rice and fermented. This delicacy features a viscous texture and unique smell, sourness, and flavor. There’s also narezushi that has been liquefied like yogurt and kept for 30 years that goes well with sake.


  • Kujiraya
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Taiji 2902-115
    This restaurant located in Taiji Town in Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture only serves whale, a traditional local food. They use meat from whales caught in resource surveys and provide various dishes that were served from after the war until whaling restrictions went into effect. There’s whale cutlet curry made from minke whale and finback whale featuring succulent meat and special curry roux that is sure to stimulate the appetite. You can also enjoy whale sashimi to experience the true whale flavor, as well as “harihari nabe” hot pot (reservations required).

    スーパーのくじらはクセがありますが、こちらで食べたくじらはそんなに強く感じませんでした。このセットは色々な種類のくじら料理を堪能出来て良かったです。 少しお値段はお高いです。

  • Akizuno Garten
    33 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.

    We spent 1 night at this wonderful place before embarking on the Kumano Kudo hike. We booked the accommodation through Oku Japan (self-guided walking tours) and as part of that booking, we were able...

  • Dolphin Resort
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimuroguntaijichou Moriura 703-17
    This dolphin petting facility is located in Taiji Town, known for whales, in Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. You can feed the dolphins, experience what it’s like to train them, and swim alongside them in the pool on the beach and at the poolside. Children as young as three can feed the dolphins, and other activities have a minimum age of five, so this place is great for some family fun. You can also feed seals, goats, sheep, giant tortoises, and sea turtles.

    Dont visit this place! If you do, you are confining more of these beautiful sentient marine animals to a lifetime living in a concrete tank with little food and having to perform tricks to unaware...

  • Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichoukurisugawa 1222-1
    This free rest area is located in Nakahechi Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture and serves as the tourist information facility for both the 12 “Grand Shrines” and the Kumano Kodo road. The 12-side building based on these shrines serves as a landmark. There’s a video introducing Nakahechi and materials related to Kumano Kodo, as well as articles from Takijirioji Shrine on display. There’s also an area where you can take photos dressed in kimono, as well as works by a local pottery group and other goods for sale.

    Stopped in here before beginning our Kumano Kodo walk at Takijiri. Women working was very friendly. We looked at the exhibits, took some pictures, browsed the shop (if youve forgotten something they...

  • 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.
  • Wawa
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Shinjouchou Kita Uchinoura 3076-1
    Located inside the “Kaisen Senbei Nanki” sightseeing facility in Shinjo Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, this restaurant is known for its buffet’ that use plenty of local vegetables. There’s an open kitchen near the seats where they make over 50 different handmade dishes that are both healthy and taste great. The glass walls offer a sweeping view of the sea, and you can let the sound of the waves relax you on the porch. There’s a senbei (rice cracker) workshop observation session and a souvenir area, too.


Wakayama Main 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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