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  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Ichiganji Temple
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichounishidani 575
    The name Ichiganji means “temple of one request,” and it is dedicated to the bodhisattva Jizo, who is said to grant the requests of those who ask at least once. Since the Buddhist priest who enshrined the statue of Jizo was fond of mustard and sake, people who have a request to make should bring offerings of mustard and sake. The temple’s major festival is held on the last Sunday in February. Votive sake is given to the people in attendance, and at mochi rice cakes are thrown at the end of the ceremony.

    田辺市の山奥にあるお寺です。 一つだけ願いが叶うと言われています。年一回、お願いをしにいっています。なかなか叶いません笑

  • Roadside Station Ryujin
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    3.0
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Ryujinmuraryujin 170-3
    This roadside station on National Route 371 features an extended building reminiscent of a dragon's body. Forestry is Ryujin Village's main industry. As you enter the facility, you're welcomed by enormous pillars made from 350-plus year old southern Japanese hemlock, and local wood is used throughout the building. The sales area is replete with wooden products including tables and chairs, and the restaurant overlooking the Hidaka River serves coffee brewed with spring water. They don’t mind if you bring lunch with you to the facility.

    小規模な道の駅だが周囲には飲食店が少なく、こちらでランチをいただいた。シカやイノシシなどのどんぶりやカレーなどのメニューあり。イノシシカレーを注文、豚よりもコクのある肉が美味しかった。渓流沿いのテラスが気持ち良かった。

  • Takijirioji
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichoukurisugawa 1226
    Located at a spot where the Tonda River and Ishiburi River meet, this course leads to the holy “Kumano Sanzan” shrines. The “Uwadawa Chaya Ato” site is about 600 meters above ground at the end of a steep path. This shrine is one of the “Gotai Oji,” which are the most distinguished of the “Kyujukyu Oji” (99 Grand Shrines).
  • Hosshinmon Oji
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchoumikoshi 1652-1
    Hosshinmon Oji is one of the 99 shrines on the Kumano Sanzan pilgrimage route. Of these 99 shrines, five are considered to be the most prestigious and are called the Gotai Oji, of which Hosshinmon Oji is one. The walking path from Hosshinmon Oji to the Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine is a popular route because it has many gentle downhill slopes.
  • Ryujin Village Mandala Art Museum
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    3.0
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Ryujinmura Ryujin 203
    "Visitors can find this museum by following National Route 371 north along the Hidakagawa River from the hot spring resort area of Ryujin Village, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. As its name indicates, it houses over 100 mandalas. Some date back 1200 years, to the era when the Shingon monk Kobo Daishi founded the first monastery on Mt. Koya. There is a special exhibit in his honor called ""The Light of Kobo Daishi Kukai."" In addition to mandalas, the museum also exhibits haiku, poems, and other items connected with Buddhism."

    2016年6月23日にみなべから高野山に向かう途中に立ち寄りました。トリップアドバイザーに施設の写真が掲載されていないことから行きましたが、曼陀羅の説明がないので、ただ見ただけという感じでした。

  • Kinan Tourist Vineyard
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Inaricho
    This vineyard is located a six-minute drive from the Nanki Tanabe Interchange on the Hanwa Expressway via National Route 42 and Prefectural Route 29. Located next to Domeki Park, it is the oldest tourist-oriented vineyard in the prefecture. The summers are cool with a large difference in temperature between daytime and nighttime, making this an ideal environment for growing grapes. The owners do everything they can to grow high quality, sweeter grapes. Visitors can enter the vineyard free of charge and buy as many grapes as they want. They may not eat any grapes inside the vineyard, but after paying, they can go to the rest area and eat the grapes they have purchased along with any food they have brought in. It is recommended that visitors put freshly picked grapes in ice water before eating them.

    お盆ごろいつも買いに行きます。 いつも自宅用は少し難ありで安いのを買い、進物用は少し高いですが大きな房でぎっしり粒がついているのを買います。 こんなところにブドウ園があるなんてびっくりするようなところにあります。

  • Fushiogami-Oji ato
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchoufushiogami
    "This historic site is along the Nakahechi Trail, part of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. The name is said to come from pilgrims walking the trail via Hosshinmon-Oji and Mizunomi-Oji. When they arrived at Fushiogami-Oji, Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine finally came into view, and the pilgrims would fall down in reverence. Today you can see Oyunohara at the spot where Kumano Hongu Taisha Grand Shrine once stood. There is a small shrine at Fuhiogami-Oji, as well as a memorial to the Heian Period (794–1185) poet Shikibu Izumi who stopped there to pray. Another must-see is the nearby house and tea field used as a shooting location for the NHK drama ""Honmamon."" "

    山里の茶畑を見ながら進み、草原を抜けると有人の茶屋があります。 茶屋前の石段を上がると伏拝王子です。 昔はここから本宮大社が見え、巡礼者が喜んで拝んだことから名付けられたそうです。 場所が変わったので、現在、大社は見えませんが、熊野の山が連なる景色がすばらしいです。 和泉式部の供養塔?があり、言い伝えから熊野権現は身分も性別も分け隔てなく受け入れる、大らかな神様だと分かります。 お茶屋では...

  • Kumanokodo Nakahechi Museum of Art
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Nakahechichouchikatsuyu 891
    "You can reach this museum by taking the Ryujin Bus bound for Hongu Taisha-Mae and getting off at the Nakahechi Bijutsukan stop. It mainly displays the work of two painters from Wakayama Prefecture's Tanabe City: Banka Nonagase, who formed Hakuensha and contributed greatly to the local arts, and Ryoun Watase, the Deputy Administrative Director and juror at Nihon Nangain who went on to receive the Wakayama Prefecture Distinguished Cultural Service Prize. The museum itself was the first work of the internationally active architectural team “Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA."""

    近露王子のすぐ近くにある熊野古道なかへち美術館は、田辺市立美術館の分館であり、地元出身の画家である野長瀬晩花と渡瀬凌雲の作品を中心にした構成です。定期的に企画展も行っており、訪問した日には開館20周年記念特別展として鈴木昭男展「音の内在」が開かれていました。サウンドアートは少々難解でしたが。

  • Obaku-shu Gokokuzan Tokoji  Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture hongu Yunomine 113
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located in the Yunomine Onsen area. The temple’s principle object of worship, the three-meter-tall Yunomine Healing Buddha, is said to be mineral deposits from the surrounding hot spring waters which accumulated and took the shape of a Buddha. Some 1,800 years ago, it is said that the famed priest Ragyo discovered the hot spring waters welling forth from a hole in the chest of Bhaisajyaguru, the Healing Buddha. Each year, the Eight Day Festival of Bhaisajyaguru is held on January 8. During the festival, hot spring water is offered in prayer for the prosperity of Yunomine Onsen and the fulfillment of the wishes of worshipers.
  • Oyunohara
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Honguchouhongu
    "Oyunohara is a historic location that was the original site of the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine in Hongu Town, Wakayama Prefecture. The shrine was situated on a sandbank at the confluence of the Kumano River, the Otonashi River and the Iwada River. In Japan, Torii gateways are used to mark the boundary between sacred areas and the mundane world; Oyunohara is notable for its huge Torii gate, which is 34m high (roughly the height of an 11-story building). This area is linked to the story of the Yatagarasu, a raven that guided Emperor Jimmu when he was lost in the mountains of Kumano, and Yata Fire Festival is held here every year in August. Oyunohara's connection with a mystical event in which humans were guided towards happiness attracts many visitors to this ""power spot"" (a place that is believed to bestow power on the visitor)."
  • Hiki Iwagun
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Inaricho
    "10 minutes from the Nanki-Tanabe Interchange on the Haniwa Expressway via National Route 42. This group of beautiful rock formations is situated along the upper reaches of the Inari River and the area has been designated a nature park by the prefecture. The name for the formations literally means ""Toad Rock Group"" and is derived from their resemblance to a group of toads looking up at the sky. The area around Iwaguchi Pond is famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, and walking paths in the area make it a perfect destination for nature walks and hiking. Numerous rare plants also grow in the area, and author and scientist Minakata Kumagusu is known to have frequently come here to gather specimens."
  • Mandarano-taki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Tanabe-shi Ryujinmura Ryujin
    "This waterfall is situated in the mountains of the Onsen-ji Temple in Ryujin-mura Ryujin, Tanabe City, Wakayama Prefecture. Moss grows around the falls and its green color contrasts with the white water of the falls produced as it is stirred into a froth by the black, rocky protuberances which grow in number as the falls descend. The waterfall famously appears in novelist Kaizan Nakazato's premier work ""Dai-bosatsu toge"" and is also known to have been used for ascetic training by the great monk Kobo Daishi."
  • Cape Tenjinzaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Tanabeshi Tenjinzaki
    This cape, jutting into the north side of the Tanabe Bay, is formed of the 20 hectares of coastal woods and 21 hectares of rocky reef. Comprising a unique eco-system of forest, rocky beach and ocean, both sea and land flora and fauna are squeezed into this strip of land. Due to Japan’s black current, this cape maintains a year round mild climate, making it a prime location for studying and enjoying the plant and animal life common to the southern hemisphere. Quickly gaining notoriety through national trust movements, the cape has come to be endeared also for its beautiful sunsets that can be seen painting the horizon.

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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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