Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Arida / Gobo / Minabe Area

  • 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.
  • Shirasaki Ocean Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunyurachou 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.

  • Kadocho Soy Sauce Museum Shokuningura
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Kinokuni Farm
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    5.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Nadachou Ueno 1335-4
    You can enjoy strawberry and melon picking at this tourist farm, located in Nada Town of Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture. Strawberry picking is available from January through mid-May, and melon picking is from early July through mid-August. Strawberry picking is limited to 40 minutes, and you can eat your fill of Sachinoka, Akihime, and Marihime strawberries. Since they’re contained in elevated cultivation containers, you can stand and eat them without worrying about dirtying your clothes. You can also choose between all-you-can-eat and takeout courses.

    休日の昼間に訪問。ネットで予約しました。 一人1800円で時間無制限食べ放題! 時季は8月中旬までです。 事務所でお金を払い、隣接する建物で座って待っていると、写真の様なメロンを冷えた状態で持ってきてくださいます。 「お代わりは遠慮なく言いに来てください」と言われ食べ始めました。 幸せな時間です。 お代わりも事務所へ行くと笑顔で提供してくれます。 事務所ではお土産用や進物用のメロンも有ります。 来...

  • 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!!

  • Island Stream
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Suhara 1434
    This sea kayaking guide company offers tours in Yuasa Bay. Customers can enjoy a sea kayaking day trip tour. The company's experienced guides, including Takeshi Hirata, who circled Japan alone in a sea kayak, ensure that everyone from beginners to veterans can have a fun and safe time. The company offers half-day and whole-day courses you can choose from based on your stamina and preferences. The facility where the company's tours meet up is outfitted with men's and women's changing rooms and indoor showers and also has a cafe where customers can relax in a sea-themed atmosphere.

    友人に誘われてシーカヤックツアーに参加して 一日楽しく過ごしました。まだ3回目のカヤックですが オーナーの平田さん・サポートのまきよさんのお陰で安全に楽しく遊べました。 淀川、木津川の次に念願のシーカヤックを湯浅で体験できたのはとても良かったです。シルバーウイークで毎日 10数名のツアー参加者がいて 人気を再認識しました。ツアーには昼食や終了後の温泉も付いています。

  • Arita Kyoho Grape Village Morien
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Aridagawacho Kawaguchi 1054-24
    This tourist farm complex is located in Kawaguchi, Aridagawa Town, Arida County. The complex is dotted with more than 20 grape orchards where visitors can pick and buy grapes starting around early August. Each orchard operates for a different period and grows different varieties of grapes. Some of them also offer Japanese pear and persimmon picking. The farms also hold joint events on the Sundays before and after August 20th each year.

    家族でブドウ狩り、食べ放題に挑戦したが、ずっしりとした巨峰の甘さに嬉しくなり果汁果肉を楽しんでいたが女性陣は一房でgive up。私は高校生の孫と二房めに旨そうに食べる孫を見ながら残り半分くらいできつくなり、葡萄の美味さを味わう事無く必死で食べ続けました。ぶどう棚のした気さくなスタッフの方と話しながら味わう葡萄には一同満足した時間でした。

  • Nishiyama Picnic Green Park Shoyo no Mori
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakacho Ubuyu
    A 20-minute drive from JR Kii-Uchihara Station. This nature park is situated on top of 327.8-meter-high Mt. Nishi located on the border between Hidaka Town and Mihama Town. Outfitted with walking paths and rest areas, the park is the perfect destination for picnicking and hiking; an observatory in the park also offers a sweeping view encompassing the Hidaka Plain, Enjugahama Beach, the Hiisaki Coast, and the Kii Channel. The fantastic scenery visible from here was also selected for inclusion in a list of the 100 best sunrises and sunsets in Wakayama. Visitors to the park can also see seasonal flowering plants and wild birds.
  • Hidaka Port New Energy Park - EE Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Shioyachou Minamishioya 450-10
    "This park near Hidaka Port features a variety of power generation facilities. It's about three minutes on foot from the Nankai Bus Ojigawa stop, and about ten minutes by car from Gobo Station on the JR Kisei Main Line. It's the only facility in Wakayama Prefecture that's been selected as one of Japan's top 100 ""new energy"" projects. In addition to viewing outdoor hydroelectric and wind power generation facilities, you can try out a solar powered car on their track. Kids love this, and they have fun learning through energy themed quiz games at the facility's PR Hall, too. It also teaches about state-of-the-art energy technology."
  • Ubuyu Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakachou Ubuyu 727-2
    Boasting the clearest sea waters in the Kansai region, this shoal beach is covered with over one kilometer of white sand. This easily accessible beach enjoyed by families and visitors in the summer, approximately 12 minutes by bus from the JR Kii Uchihara Station and just 10 minutes from the Kawabe Interchange off the Hanwa Expressway. In the winter, it is popular with surfers who take advantage of the favorable surf (not allowed in summer). This an attractive area not only for swimming, but for fishing, diving, locales serving the Kii peninsula specialty fish, longtooth grouper, and other hot springs facilities are nearby, making.
  • Gobo General Sports Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Gobo-shi Shioyacho Minamishioya 1123
    "This athletic park, one of the largest in the prefecture, is located on an elevated part of Gobo City a 15-minute drive from Gobo Interchange on the Yuasa-Gobo Road. It is equipped with a multipurpose field that can be used for sports including baseball, soccer and track and field, a multiple open space including a playground, and other facilities. The park's four open spaces are divided into a play area, an adventure area, a grassy area, and a ""flower and stream"" area. Each of them can be enjoyed in different ways with friends and family."
  • Shio-tope (Hidaka Port Shioya Ryokuchi Park)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Gobo-shi Shioyacho Minamishioya 450-26
    "This park is located about a 10-minute drive from the Gobo Interchange on the Yuasa-Gobo Road via National Route 42. The park, which developed around the theme of ""a relaxing space for citizens,"" is adjacent to Hidaka Port in central Gobo City. The ""Shio"" in the park's nickname ""Shiotope"" comes from the name of Shioya-cho, Gobo City. Around 1,000 fish of some 60 species inhabit the seawater that flows through the green park's central pond. Ten statues depicting monsters from Wakayama folklore designed by Shigeru Mizuki as well as Kitaro, Nekomusume, and other characters from his ""GeGeGe no Kitaro"" manga have also been installed around the pond."
  • Noguchi Auto Camping Ground
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Gobo-shi Noguchi 1069
    This vast campground on the riverbed of the Hidaka River is about a two-minute drive from the Gobo Interchange on the Yuasa-Gobo Road. Each of its spacious auto sites has more than 150 square meters (10 meters x 15 meters) of well-maintained turf and is equipped with AC power. Camp facilities include flush toilets and heated showers. Campers can also rent outdoor equipment such as barbecue grills, and tents. A supermarket, liquor store, DIY store, deluxe bathhouse, and other businesses are conveniently located within a five-minute drive from campground.
  • Strawberry Farm Mart Kobo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Minabecho Oshine 348
    A five-minute drive from the Minabe Interchange. When driving to this strawberry farm, look for the sign on the road with a strawberry on it. The farm also sells an array of original jams designed to suit the palates of different blood types and made from its own ripe, delicious strawberries. The four varieties are differentiated by features such as the addition of honey and whether they are smooth or chunky. In addition, the farm offers strawberry picking from February until the Golden Week holidays in May. Ordinarily, a reservation is required to go strawberry picking, but occasionally visitors may be able to enjoy strawberry picking the day of their visit even without a reservation.
  • Tsuribori Kishu Fishing Spot
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Hirogawacho Karo 1147-5
    This reservation-only fishing pond is located in Wakayama Prefecture. Situated on the ocean a five-minute boat ride from Karao Bay, here customers can catch a variety of seasonal fish. The pond even offers an all-inclusive plan for beginners which makes it easy to get fishing and includes a rental fishing pole, bait, and styrofoam box to keep your catches in. The pond's shop sells everything needed to go fishing, including a variety of poles, ensuring you'll be set even if you forget your gear.
  • Wakayama Suhara Coast Sea Kayak Experience
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Suhara Maruyama 966-1
    This guide company operates sea kayaking tours off the Suhara Coast. The area is easily accessible from Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe; waves are gentle year-round; the waters are highly clear; and the Suhara coastline is beautiful. The company's tours include free rentals of all the equipment you need, and the company's courteous pre-tour safety and basic operation classes ensure that even beginners can have fun and be safe. The company's all-day course is truly an adventure, taking you not just out onto the sea but also onto the land of the uninhabited island of Karumojima. Children as young as first grade elementary school age can come along on tours if accompanied by an adult in a two-person kayak, making it possible for the whole family to enjoy sea kayaking together.
  • Yuasa Toy Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yuasa 679-2
    This museum is housed in a traditional Japanese home building which once also operated as a tofu shop. The facility was opened as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs' Kominka Model Business project, which aims to repurpose old Japanese homes which are no longer used but which are of cultural value into businesses. The museum retains as much of the original home architecture as possible and displays old toys, particularly from the late 1950s to early 1960s, including kendama cup-and-ball games, beigoma tops, and retro action figures and dolls. There's even an area where visitors can actually play with some of the toys. In addition, the museum has an old-fashioned dagashi cheap sweets shop and a cafe area, making it a space that is fun for children but also a place where adults can revisit their own childhood.
  • Jinoshima Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Arida-shi Hatsushimacho Chisaki
    This swimming beach is located on an uninhabited island in the Kii Channel. The island can be reached via a ferry which leaves from Hatsushima Fishing Port. The beach is 500-meters-long and its waters are extremely clear. The beach has toilets and showers are available from inns near the fishing port. Also, rare for a beach, barbecuing and camping are allowed on the shore. Equipment rentals are available, meaning you don't even have to bring anything yourself. You can also rent fishing gear and the beach is a place where you can experience and out-of-the-ordinary time surrounded by natural beauty.

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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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