Spots in Arida / Gobo / Minabe Area

  • Roadside Station Shirasaki Ocean Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Yuracho Obiki 960-1
    With cobalt blue waters and a shining white coastline, some call the Shirasaki Ocean Park the Aegean Sea of Japan. Visitors enjoy diving, snorkeling and other marine activities, along with camping and barbecuing. At the restaurant you can enjoy the trademark light and fluffy waffles, while sitting on the terrace overlooking the ocean.

    You can enjoy significant view of the combination of blue sea and white rock, which is like the Aegian Sea. You can also enjoy various marine sports like fising or scuba-dybing.

  • Ueno Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Aridashi Miyazakichou 1166-1
    A public municipal park located across the Arida River from Minoshima Station on the Kii Main Line. The park was created in 1950 by Toyomatsu Norioka to honor the souls of all the innocent, non-military persons who died during the battles of the Pacific War. In 1967, it was gifted to the city and turned into a public park. Numerous cherries, azaleas, and other attractive trees and plants grow on the park’s 5,186 square meter grounds. Today, the park is renowned in spring for its beautiful blossoming cherry trees, known locally as the “Muen-san no Sakura” (“Cherry Trees of the Innocent”). The top of the park’s mountain commands a view of the mouth of the Arida River and the beach of Hatsushima, famous Shikoku destinations. Buddhist memorial services are held in the park in spring and summer which attract many visitors.
  • Road Station Aragi no Sato
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Arida-gun Aridagawacho Mita 664-1
    "Located approximately 30 kilometers east from the Hanwa Expressway's Arita Interchange, about 50 minutes by car, this Roadside Station is close to Aragijima Island, chosen as one of the top 100 rice terraces in Japan, and is situated along National Route 480. At the direct sales office for processed forest and agricultural products, items such as fresh local vegetables, goods made with the Japanese pepper ""Budo Sansho"" that the area boasts the largest production for in all of Japan, as well as handmade Kishu Washi paper called ""Yasudagami"" are available for purchase. In the cafeteria, you can try out popular dishes such as healthy ""konnyaku udon noodles"" made with homemade konjac, and lunch sets featuring side dishes made with ample amounts of local produce."

    フォトジェニックなスポットとして人気のあらぎ島の棚田最寄りの道の駅です。 この道の駅に車を停めて棚田まで歩いていくことも出来ます。 ただ棚田の駐車場が少し先にあるので、そちらの方が登り坂を歩かずすむのでオススメです。 道の駅はコンパクトで、売店の商品も少ないように感じました。

  • Yuasa Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunyuasachou Yuasa
    This area is approximately ten minutes on foot from JR Yuasa Station. Yuasa-cho was a stop-over town for pilgrims walking the Kumano Kodo trail as well as a soy sauce production area, a craft that originated with the introduction of Kinzanji-miso by monks during the Kamakura Period (1185–1333) who had trained in China. The town's whole historic district remains. Approximately 400 meters to the east and west and 280 meters to the north and south of Nakamachi-dori Street has been designated an Important National Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The atmospheric streets and small lanes crisscrossing the area with their old merchant houses and soy sauce breweries give a feel of the tradition and culture of the Edo (1603–1868) and Meiji Period (1868–1912).

    This is the most spectacularly preserved village that bisects of the creation of the famous Soy Sauce. Really enjoyed a leisurely walk after a simple but tasty lunch.

  • Kanaya Myoekyo Onsen
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Arida-gun Aridagawacho Surigawa 81-3
    This day-trip hot spring located on National Route 424 along the Arita River at an altitude of 100 meters, it features a dome-shaped building using plenty of Kishu wood. The outdoor bath looks down on the Myoue Valley of the Arita River, while the indoor bath is attractive for its windows that offer great views of the mountains' greenery. It is also possible to soak in the hot spring under a starry sky that stretches the entire night sky. There are many types of baths such as jet baths and rock baths, so you can enjoy both good scenery and baths. The admission fee is also reasonable, so it can be used as a hot spring to comfortably go with your family.

    高速有田ICから車で約15分ぐらい走った山間の高台にあります。お湯は少しトロリとしており、露天風呂から自然の景色を見ながらゆったりと入れて、久々の当たりの温泉でした。そのほか、風呂上がりに和室でくつろげるのも良かったです。

  • Kishu Umeboshikan
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunminabechou Yamauchi 1339
    This tourist facility is annexed to a dried plum factory in Minabe Town, Hidaka County, Wakayama Prefecture and offers both shopping and factory tours. The direct sales shop carries Kishu Nanko plums and other products straight from the factory as well as processed plum goods. Learn about the history of dried plums via the 3-D theater and panel exhibitions. You can even make your own plum juice. About 20 to 40 minutes are required, and single participants are allowed.

    その名の通り、梅干に関連した施設です。工場見学〜展示〜のエリアを抜けてあらわれるおみやげコーナーには、さまざまな種類の梅干しが!試食ができるのがよいですね(ほぼほぼ全部梅干し!笑)。

  • Roadside Station Myoe Furusato-Kan
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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Kanaya 322-1
    This roadside station on National Route 480 is about a 15-minute drive from the Arida Interchange. The station’s name derives from the prominent Kegon Buddhist priest Myoe syonin of the Kegon school’s Kankiji Temple who was born in Aridagawa Town (former Kanaya-machi). Besides the array of local produce available at the Kanaya Farm Stand, they sell processed products that make perfect souvenirs like Kinzanji-miso, handmade soy sauce, and dressing. Fresh baked bread from the Furusato Bakery is made with natural yeast and pure water from the Arida River. The bread is delicious the next day, too.

    国道480号と424号がクロスする金屋町の外れにある道の駅。狭い店内にも外にも地場産の野菜や加工品、パンなどを求めて地元の人でも観光客でもごった返す連休の中日でした。普段はもっとひっそりしていますが。

  • Aridagawa Hot Springs Ayu Chaya
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Aridashi Hoshio 37
    This restaurant adjoins the Sunshine business hotel, notable for its up-close view of the vast natural beauty of the Arida River and Mt. Myojin. The restaurant is just a five-minute drive from JR Kii-Miyahara Station on the opposite side of the river. The restaurant’s name means “Ayu Tea House,” and as this implies, the establishment takes pride in its ayu cuisine and other dishes made with fish varieties like largehead hairtail (caught in larger quantities here than anywhere else in Japan), and wild longtooth grouper caught in the Kii Channel. Particularly notable is the restaurant’s largehead hairtail rice bowls and oju lacquered boxes, original recipe dishes only a few servings of which are offered each day. Other menu selections, like the wild longtooth grouper hot pot set and kaiseki course cuisine, give diners the chance to fully savor the flavors of the Kii Channel.

    秋の時期に、クエを食べることができます。クエ懐石とクエ鍋のプランがあります。クエは鍋にするのが一番で、あっさり感の中に、皮に近い部分が濃厚な味わいのあるクエがとても美味しいですか。

  • Roadside Station San Pin Nakatsu
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    3.5
    13 Reviews
    Transportation
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakagawachou Funatsu 820
    This roadside station on Prefectural Route 26 is approximately ten minutes by car from Kawabe Interchange and 20 minutes from Gobo-Minami Interchange. With a focus on vegetables and fruit, they sell and ship a wide variety of special Hidakagawa Town products, including Kishu Binchotan charcoal and wood vinegar. Their Horohoro-tei restaurant features a variety of dishes made with horohoro, or guinea fowl, including ramen noodles and rice bowls. They also serve dishes featuring wild boar and venison. Business hours vary according to the time of year.

    御坊市の日高川の河口にかかる 国道42号の天田橋から 約12-13km 日高川沿いに上流に走ったところにある産品所です。新鮮で安い 野菜、果物、花をはじめ 産品を販売しています。 食堂もあり ホロホロチョウの料理などもあります。 車で とても走りやすい道ですよ。

  • Kokoku-ji Temple
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou Monzen 801
    Originally founded as a Shingon-sect temple called Saihouji temple in 1227 this temple in Yura Town, Hidaka County, Wakayama, is now a Rinzai-sect Buddhist temple affiliated with the Myojin-ji school. It converted to a Zen Buddhist temple in 1258 before later becoming a famous temple in the Rinzai-sect. The area is famous as being the birthplace of Kinzanji-miso, soy-sauce, and the shakuhachi bamboo flute. While the temple treasure is kept secret, it is home to other Important Cultural Properties of Japan including a masterpiece seated statue and a silk painting of Master Kokushi, both from the Kamakura period. The Tengu Festival held every January on the Coming of Age Day and the Fire Festival held August 15th always draw large numbers of visitors.

    It is an authentic temple which is surrounded by mysterious and sacred forest. It is established by about 800 years ago to pray for Minamotono Sanetomo, the Japanese Shogun, who was assassinated by...

  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunyuasachou Yuasa 7
    This museum is located next to the venerable Kadocho Soy Sauce factory established in 1841 in Yuasa which is said to be the origin of soy-sauce. Originally built in 1866 this building now is a museum with classic tools and manufacturing techniques on display including prep tubs and wheat pressing mechanisms. You will also find the soy-sauce museum with dioramas and panels explaining how soy sauce is made. While there is no entry fee reservations are required.

    Having discovered that Yuasa was the birth place of Soy Sauce, It was a real foodie’s pilgrimage. The lady at this museum spoke enough English coupled with my basic Japanese, made the visit really...

  • Aridagawa Onsen Hikari no Yu
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    3.0
    10 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Arida-shi Hoshio 37
    This hot spring facility is located approximately seven minutes by taxi from the JR Kinokuni Line's Minoshima Station in Arida City, Wakayama Prefecture. The soft, pleasant-feeling springs are effective for skin diseases and can be enjoyed in an outdoor bathing area, complete with a tatami-floored relaxation room, and hot spring saunas that use vaporized spring water. The facility also houses a sauna that warms your body from the inside out using Binchotan white charcoal. In addition to offering rental baths, there is a restaurant with seafood dishes such as longtooth grouper.

    有田川の堤防、国道42号沿いにある観光旅館付属の日帰り温泉です。 湯は循環利用。浴感はありましが、消毒臭が気になりました。 一番印象が悪かったのは、脱衣所の喫煙スペース。ドア等で閉鎖されていないので、タバコの煙が脱衣所に流れてきて充満しています。せっかく温泉に入ってもタバコの臭いが付いてしまい、意味がありません。

  • Aragijima Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Mita196
    Knowns as the terraced rice fields of Aridagawacho, the beauty of the rice fields spreading out in a fan-shape led to it being chosen as one of “Japan’s Top Hundred Rice Fields.” A viewing platform has been constructed on the opposite shore of the Aritagawa River allowing you to enjoy the view of the rice fields through the changing seasons.
  • Partners House Yuasa
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yamada 1638-1
    This hotel is one of the largest in the Kansai region which lets you stay with your pet. All of the hotel's detached log cottages have pet foot washing baths and are designed to ensure you can enjoy a relaxing time with your pet. In addition, the hotel has two enclosed dog parks which dogs can run around in without a leash, plus, there's an agility training area outfitted with hurdles, a slalom, and other obstacle equipment. The hotel's dedicated dog spa is supplied with water from a natural hot spring and is the perfect place for your pet to refresh and recharge. In summer, the hotel opens up a dog pool. In the restaurant in the hotel's clubhouse you can enjoy dishes made with Yuasa's delicious seafood and farm produce.

    Best experience with our dogs for the Easter holiday from overseas. Special thanks to the owner Yokoyama Sans hospitality! He is a true dog lover! We stayed for 3 nights at Partner House which...

  • Yura Sea Fishing Park
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Yuracho Kamiya 465-1
    A seven-minute car or bus ride from JR Kii-Yura Station. This fishing pond is located right in front of the Umitsuri Koen bus stop. Here visitors can enjoy fishing to their heart's content in Yura Town, which is famous for its excellent fishing spots. Some of the many fish you can catch in the park year-round include horse mackerel, mackerel, sardine and black rockfish, ensuring visitors will have fun fishing no matter when they come. There are no time limits on fishing and visitors can also just come and watch if they don't want to fish themselves. Note that when the park opens and closes varies by month, so be sure to check in advance if you plan to come in the morning or evening.

    行った日が3連休の始めで多くの釣り人.家族連れがいました。 手ぶらで行っても楽しめ、その場でBBQも出来るので誰でも楽しめること間違いなしです!!

  • Dojo-ji Temple
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    5.0
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakagawachou Kanemaki 1738
    Located in Kanemaki, Hidakagawa Town, this Buddhist temple was founded in 701 and is the oldest in Wakayama. The temple’s principal object of worship, a thousand-armed figure of Kannon, is over 1,300 years old and one of the oldest in Japan. This and two other designated National Treasures are housed in the temple’s treasure hall, as well as 11 Important Cultural Properties, and four prefecturally-designated Cultural Properties, all of which are viewable by visitors year-round.

    道成寺に行かれたら、縁起堂で行われている絵とき説法(約20分、随時)は必見です。 安珍清姫伝説とは、若く美しい安珍に心を奪われた清姫が募る思いから大蛇となり、道成寺の釣鐘に隠れた安珍を炎で燃やし、自らは入水したという伝説。 ユーモアを交えて分かりやすく、心に染み入ります。 お隣に建つ大宝殿とは廊下で繋がっています。 平安前期作の木造千手観音立像(国宝)や脇侍の日光・月光菩薩像(国宝)をはじめ、数...

  • Bathhouse Umi no Sato Michishio no Yu
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakacho Katakui 100
    A 15-minute drive from the Hirogawa Interchange and the Kawabe Interchange. This day-use hot spring bathhouse is also just a 15-minute taxi ride from JR Kii-Uchihara Station and Kii-Yura Station. Overlooking the sea, in addition to an indoor bathing area, the bathhouse also has an outdoor bath and a private reservable family bath. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium calcium-chloride spring are said to ease such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain, as well as treating chronic skin diseases and strengthening children with weak constitutions. Additional facilities include a restaurant and relaxation room.

    二階が入口になっていますので、車は上に停めた方が良いです。お食事処で、定食を食べたので、200円引きの400円で入浴することができました。

  • Kawabe Onsen Kisaku no Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakagawachou Hyugawa 894-1
    "This day-trip hot spring facility is located an approximately 10-minute drive from the Kawabe Interchange on the Yuasa-Gobo Road. The building has a quaint appearance using Kishu cedar. The hot spring is a sodium hydrogen carbonate spring and is characterized by its slippery and moisturizing water texture that leaves skin feeling smooth. In addition to the large indoor bath, you can relax in the elegant stone outdoor bath while experience the nature of each season. You can enjoy seasonal dishes and also stay at the adjacent ""Oyado Kisaku."""

    和歌山県って海のイメージですが、県名に山が付くだけあって山本当に多いです。 日高川沿いにある喜作さんへは温泉とお食事で参りました。 お昼でしたのでお客さんはそれなりでしたが、ゆっくりできて良かったです。 日帰りなので、帰りを気にせずゆっくりできたらよかったのに…。

  • Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunhirogawachou Hiro 671
    When a tsunami was generated after a major earthquake in 1854, Hamaguchi Goryo set fire to the rice straw stacked in his own fields in order to guide the local villagers toward safety. This museum is comprised of two halls, Hamaguchi goryo Archives introducing the life of Hamaguchi Goryo and anecdotes relating to his character, and Tsunami Educational Center which conveys the dangers of earthquakes and tsunami as well as important disaster prevention knowledge. Game-based exhibits, videos, and simulators present disaster prevention information relating to the topics of first-aid, prevention, and recovery. Closest station: Yuasa Station.

    稲村の火の館は有料ですが、併設されている地域交流センターの濱口梧陵記念館は入館無料です。濱口梧陵の生家で、展示により、その偉業を知ることができます。

  • Tsukinoya Ramen
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Tenma 428
    This popular ramen shop has been featured in a variety of media. Taking a page from the playbooks of popular Japanese restaurants, their ramen's broth and trimmings feature an array of local ingredients. The shop's soy sauce ramen comes recommended. It features broth made of dried niboshi from iwashi sardines, mackerel, and saury blended with Wakayama-made soy sauce and topped with Umedori chashu pork. They have lots of other kinds of ramen to choose from too. These include their Tokuno ramen has a scrumptious broth that's thick as potage, and their Gekko Japanese Style Tonkotsu ramen has a light yet sophisticated flavor. They also have three kinds of tsukemen dipping ramen. You can choose the quantity of the noodles.

    有田川にある人気ラーメン店です。 いつもつけ麺を食べてしまいます。 値段が上がっており、また、麺量の選択肢が減り残念でしたが、美味しいです。

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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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