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  • MIDORI NAGANO
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Shopping
    Nagano Pref. Naganoshi Minamichitose 1-22-6
    "This shopping center is in the Nagano Station building. It has areas like Shinshu Souvenir Sando ORAHO with lots of Nagano specialties, a restaurant area called ""Ogosso Dining,"" and Midori Marche with an array of grocery shops and delicatessens. It houses a variety of tenants between the fifth and first basement floors."

    Here there is space to look around without crowds and music. I found myself able to gaze upon items and carefully examine them without feeling pressure. I did enjoy the Oraho Square food area. Here...

  • Roadside Station Kumano Kodo Nakahechi
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 2474-1
    "This roadside station on National Route 311 is easily recognizable as the building looks like a big bamboo hanagasa hat. As it faces the Kumano Kodo's Nakahechi Trail, people walking the ancient pilgrimage route stop in for a rest as well those traveling by car. The shop sells a popular item called ""konnyaku inari,"" sushi rice tucked in a slightly spicy konnyaku gelatin pocket, as well as jabara citrus juice and candies that have been featured on television. Their restaurant's ume plum buckwheat soba noodles come recommended."

    I was very happy to come across this rest station where I purchased a cold and refreshing juice while walking to Chikatusyu! Friendly staff. Free parking (for those of you in cars). Just outside...

  • Akizuno Garten
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    4.5
    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...

  • Watarase Onsen Dairotenburo large open-air bath
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouwataze 45-1
    The largest open-air bath in Western Japan, situated on the grounds of a large hot spring inn. Non-guests can also enjoy a day trip of bathing in the inn’s baths. This natural hot spring bath is continuously filled from a hot spring source famed for its beautifying properties. In addition to the open-air bath, the inn’s popular reservable private open-air bath for families is also usable by non-guests. In the dining hall adjoining the open-air bath, visitors can enjoy mehari-zushi, a Kumano specialty of rice balls wrapped in mustard leaves, as well as onsen rice porridge.

    Rather than choosing for shared baths for men and women, we chose to have our own private outddoor bath (rotembura). It is more expensive but then you have the outdoor bath to yourself. Very nice...

  • Kaisen Senbei Nanki
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Shopping
    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.

    白良浜の道中に見つけて立ち寄りました。 一袋530円〜種類はかなり豊富です。 無料コーヒースペースと試食販売スペースは分かれています。 淡路島のたこせんべいの里と似ているので 系列が同じか聞いてみたら違うとの事。 休憩の立ち寄りには良いと思います。

  • Kumano Hongu Taisha shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu
    This Shinto shrine is one of the Three Head Kumano Shrines which serve as the headquarters of all Kumano shrines nationwide. Known as the first stop on the penance-filled Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, since ancient times this shrine has been visited by countless worshipers of the Kumano faith, which seeks to achieve self-enlightenment through penance. The main building was erected in the Asuka period and was relocated to its current location after being damaged in the Great Flood of 1889. After climbing 158 stone steps through a cedar forest, the shrine’s four hinoki bark-thatched buildings will appear, which enshrine Ketsumiko no okami and the shrine’s three other chief gods.
  • Shimogoten
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 38
    This hot spring facility is near Mandala Falls in Ryujin-mura, Tanabe City. Legend says it was discovered by a prominent ascetic and put to use at the behest of the dragon god Nanda Ryuo in a dream. The carbonated alkaline spring is rich in radium and renowned as one of Japan's top three beauty enhancing hot springs. Their Ozashiki tatami mat bath is one of only a few in Japan. In addition to two indoor Hinoki baths where you can enjoy the aroma and texture of Japanese cypress, they have a mixed-gender open-air bath overlooking the pure flow of the Hidaka River. You wrap yourself in a towel when bathing in this one.

    6月下旬に家内とお邪魔しました。予定よりかなり早めの15時ごろに到着してしまいましたが、ご主人に快くお迎えいただき、一番乗りで入館させていただきました。3階の角部屋に案内いただき入室、早速細部をチェック。トイレは洗浄機能つき、洗面台は大型で、ドライヤーがぶら下げてあります。金庫、空の冷蔵庫、小型ながら薄型テレビ完備。浴衣やアメニティーもしっかり揃っています。ただ角部屋のせいか川側の窓が小さく、窓際...

  • Farmer's Restaurant Mikanbatake
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Kamiakidu 4558 - 8 within Akatsu Nogarten
    This restaurant is inside “Akizuno Garten,” a hands-on sightseeing facility that opened in an old wooden schoolhouse. It is located in Kamiakizu, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The popular lunch buffet uses fresh homegrown and locally-grown vegetables and consists of over 30 healthy and mild dishes made by local women. Gaze at the nostalgia-inducing woodlands as you enjoy some tempura and salad made with seasonal vegetables.

    数回行きました。元小学校?を商業施設にしていて、雰囲気がとても良いです。地元のおばちゃんたちが素朴な野菜中心の料理をバイキング形式で提供。平日昼間でも結構混んでいます。1000円以下でバイキング、美味しくたくさん食べられる。デザートのおからドーナツとコーヒーゼリーは毎回お替りしてしまいます。季節がよければ庭のテーブルがおすすめ。時々野菜の大安売りもしています。

  • Kumano Kodo Kan Pilgrimage Center
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    3.5
    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...

  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture other
    This ancient pilgrimage route, also called the Kumano Sankeido, visits the Three Head Kumano Shrines—the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. Starting in ancient times, the Kumano faith grew strong throughout the centuries, and countless people of all classes, from emperors and nobles to samurai and commoners have traveled this pilgrimage route. Due to the heavy rains in the area, the route’s stone paving still remains exposed in some areas, such as Daimon-zaka. A nationally designated Historic Site, a portion is also registered a World Heritage Site as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
  • Minakata Kumagusu Archives
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakayashikimachi 36
    This facility houses books and other materials that belonged to Kumagusu Minakata, a modern scholar of natural history, theology, and folklore. It is next to the residence he inhabited in his later years in Nakayashiki Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. Inside, you’ll find exhibits that explain his accomplishments, life, the region, and so on. The second floor contains a study and an area where you can read reproduced materials. The copy of Kumagusu’s resume, written on a roll of 7.8 meter-long-paper in fine print, is a must-see. Entry is free, though entry to the adjoining residence requires a fee.

    世界的な博物学者の南方熊楠の膨大な研究資料を収蔵。一般にもわかりやすく展示されていて子供も楽しめます。熊楠のデスマスクがなんとも言えない(死亡後後世の研究のために脳を解剖に提供した)天才なんだけどとても魅力ある人物です。

  • JA Kinan Farmers' Market Kisaikan
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
    Shopping
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Akizucho 752-1
    "Located a five-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway, this is a base for ""locally grown, locally consumed"" food in JA Kinan, and it is the largest farmers' market in the region. Varieties of sweet mandarin oranges are available throughout the year, and since free samples are provided, customers can ""try before they buy."" The food sold here, whether it is saury sushi, miso, pickled vegetables, or bread, is all handmade on local farms, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, for a real homemade taste. There is also a wide selection of locally produced dried plums and tea products. From time to time, events are held in which customers can try harvesting mandarin oranges or plums or arranging flowers."

    大きな農産物直売所です。しかも、時期が良かったのか、ミカンの山!素晴らしいです。飛行機で、ミカンをたくさん持って帰れました。まさか、こんなに買ってしまうとは。。。また寄りたいですね。回るだけで楽しです。

  • Iris Park Auto Campground “Megami no Yu”
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Nakahechicho Chikatsuyu 128-1
    This hot spring bathhouse is about 50 minutes from the Kamitonda Interchange on the Kisei Expressway via National Routes 42 and 311. It is a part of Iris Park Auto Campground located on the banks of the Hiki River surrounded by mountains and rich greenery. The facility is open to both overnight campers and day trippers. Although it only has indoor baths, it boasts simple bicarbonate spring, which is very slimy to the touch, said to be among the best-feeling in Japan. The simple alkaline spring, which is purported to have skin beautifying properties, leave bathers with a refreshing cooling sensation. It is also believed to help with conditions including nerve pain, muscle soreness, and sensitivity to cold.

    We stayed there for one short horrible night during our kumano kodo. They hold an Eagle (!!!) in a tiny cage where he cant even spread his wings properly or fly. Also they dont clean his cage, so...

  • Kozanji Temple
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Inarichou 392
    This ancient temple that overlooks downtown Tanabe is of the Omuro School of the Shingon Sect and is said to be founded be saint Kobodaishi (Kukai). Famous for the Sakura blossoms, many visitors come to worship and enjoy the annual Kozanji Temple Spring Festival. On the grounds is a rare, even for Japan, two-story pagoda honoring Prince Shotoku (known as Uenomiya Taishi), and also a shell mound unearthed from the prehistoric early Jomon period. On the coastal side, are the graves of the biologist, Kumagusu Minakata said to be the father of mycology, and the founder of the self-defense art, Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei.

    有名なお寺というわけではないですけど、庭園はとてもきれいでよかったです。静かな場所ですので、ゆっくりと庭園をみれることができたので気分よくなりました。こういう所が増えればいいのに。

  • Wawa
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    4.5
    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.

    海に面していて大きなガラス張りになっているので、雰囲気がよいです。野菜中心の豊富なバイキング料理で、リゾートホテルのような感じ。美味しくて、デザート類も豊富。シニア割引があるので、老親と一緒に行きました。優しい和食中心なので、老親も大喜び。駐車場も広いので、余裕で車で行けます。

  • Mori no Sato Miruriina
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouotsuga 5-3
    This cafe and restaurant provides a great view of the majestic Kumano River from its windows. Located in Hongu Town, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture, it is close to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine as well as the hot springs Yunomine Onsen, Watarase Onsen, and Kawayu Onsen, allowing visitors to relax amidst the grandeur of nature. The wooden, warm interior has a children’s play area and picture book space, so visitors are free to bring their kids. The food options include hamburgs, curry, pizza, udon noodles, and more. There are also meals made with Kumano beef, popular with tourists.

    We had a Lovely lunch, cheeseburger and a pizza. Nice place to grab lunch if you’re in the neighbourhood. The interior is very homey and so is the service.

  • Oshokuji Shimoji Hongu-ten
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu 285
    This Restaurant is located along National Route 168, only a two-minute walk from the entrance to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine. It looks like a traditional storehouse from the outside, and its high ceilings and wood-based interior decor create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Its signature menu item is the Kumano Beef Sukiyaki Dinner. Its Udon noodle dishes are made in-house with wheat flour produced in Kagawa Prefecture. Popular noodle dishes unique to the area include Kumano Sweetfish Udon, which contains glazed sweetfish, and Kodo Udon, which contains mountain herbs and pickled plums. The souvenir counter sells Usukawa Manju (steamed sweet bean buns), which have been made locally for three generations, along with other famous local products and locally-produced sake.

    Came here for lunch, on the 3rd day of the multi-day walking through Nakahechi route. Very satisfying. My son ordered the Kumano beef rice set and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Very well priced (aka much...

  • Sabou Sei
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Hongucho Hongu 294
    This shop is located right near the Hongu Gyoseikyoku-mae bus stop, 80 minutes by the Yagi-bound bus from JR Shingu Station. Customers can enjoy siphon-prepared coffee while looking at the giant torii gate of Oyunohara. Its food specialties include cake sets made with seasonal Kumano ingredients and homemade dry curry made with 100% Kumano beef mince. A popular beverage is Obanchai, a milk tea made with green tea and roasted green tea grown in Hongu. The shop also sells Kumano Hongu glass and porcelain, and visitors who make reservations can try their hands at glassblowing in the glass studio.

    My husband and I stopped here for an afternoon coffee and dessert. We were the only people in the cafe and the A/C felt wonderful after walking in the afternoon heat. We both had iced coffee and...

  • Ryujin Onsen Motoyu
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 37
    At this public facility, you can enjoy soaking in water from Ryujin Onsen, known as one of the three most beautiful hot springs in Japan. Located in Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. The free-flowing hot spring water is changed daily and has a nice cleansing feeling. The indoor baths include cypress baths and rock baths, and the open-air bath offers a great view of the mountain stream. It is open until 9 p.m., so you can enjoy stargazing as you bathe. There’s a lodging facility next door as well.

    龍神温泉に行きました 車で高野山から龍神スカイラインを通り山の紅葉を見ながらのドライブは この季節ならではです 温泉街?に着くと想像とは かなり違い、かなりひっそりとしていました 事前にリサーチせずに行ったのも悪かったのですが、旅館での昼食付き日帰り入浴は、当日では受付してもらえませんでした...

  • Yunomine Onsen Tsuboyu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouyunomine 110
    A public bathhouse located in the almost exact center of the Yunomine hot spring district through which passes the Kumano Highway. This unusual hot spring is also registered as part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes World Heritage Site as it is used by pilgrims to ritually purify them. The bathhouse’ bath is quite simple in construction, consisting of a natural stone bathing tub and wood board walls. Only around two to three people can enter at a time; there is no separate men’s or women’s bath. The rules for usage of the bath are as follows: Bathers get a numbered ticket at the entrance to the hot spring district and, when their number comes up, may bathe in the tub for 30 minutes before they must leave and the next group of bathers is allowed to enter. The nice thing about this system is that during their time, a group has the bath all to themselves. As the waters of the tub naturally change color several times throughout the day, the bath is known as a “seven colored bath.” The legend of Oguri Hangan is also connected to the bath.

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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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