Shopping Spots in Arida / Gobo / Minabe Area

  • Honmamon Furusato Local Fresh Food Market
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    3.5
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Minabecho Higashi Yoshida 274-1
    "A five-minute drive from JR Minabe Station. This farmers market is operated by JA Kisyuu, the local Japan Agricultural Cooperatives branch. The market sells safe, healthy, and fresh foods raised amongst the area's abundant natural beauty. Some of the many foods you can buy here include Kishu Minabe Nankoume plums, a variety of Japanese plum created right here in Minabe Town; Usui peas, snow peas, and other legumes; highly sweet cherry tomato varieties such as Akatonbo, Yutosei, and Otohime; small sized watermelons, muskmelons, and other seasonal produce; flowers like statice and baby's breath; and umeboshi pickled plums, including JA Kishyuu's own original ""tomato-ume""."

    年が明けるとハウスもののウスイエンドウが店先に並ぶようになる。それを求めてこの時期になると行きたくなる。海に近い日当たりのいいこの地はいいエンドウができる。梅の産地の南部インターからほど近い産直店である。

  • Horikawaya Nomura
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    4.0
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    Wakayama Gobo-shi Sono 743
    This brewery is located a five-minute walk from Nishi-Gobo Station on the Kishu Railway. Best known for its famous Mitsuboshi Soy Sauce, it is the oldest extant brewery in Wakayama Prefecture, which is believed to be one of the places where soy sauce was first produced in Japan. The brewery continues to make its soy sauce by hand the traditional way using carefully-selected domestic ingredients without the use of any preservatives or artificial additives. Mitsuboshi Soy Sauce is a dark soy sauce with a sweetness and savoriness that can only come from domestic soybeans, a sharp flavor, and a clean aftertaste. Their popular Kinzanji Miso has little bits of gourd, eggplant, red shisho leaves, ginger, and other fresh local summer vegetables blended into the paste.

    御坊にある醤油と金山寺味噌のお店。和歌山では湯浅の角長とここが老舗の双璧なんだそうです。若いご主人がもとは回船問屋だったが、片手間で作っていた醤油と金山寺味噌が本業になりましたと説明してくれました。

  • Plum Koubou Honten
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunminabechou Oshine 1187
    A souvenir shop operated by a Wakayama Nankoume pickled plum producer founded in 1906. The shop is located in Minabe Town, Hidaka County, Wakayama Prefecture. In addition to umeboshi, the shop also sells a variety of original products, including plum sweets and seasonings. Some of the shop’s most popular varieties of umeboshi include sweet umeboshi made with honey, umeboshi with kombu kelp, and old-fashioned Shiso (Japanese basil) picked plums. With an advance reservation, visitors can tour the workshop and try making umeboshi and plum juice. The shop’s second floor is a café where you can enjoy tea and umeshu plum liqueur.

    うめまつりの臨時駐車場の近くにあったので立ち寄ってみました。プレミアムダイヤモンド梅という、金箔がのった一粒の梅が300円で売られていました。

  • Tamai Shohonpo Osakaya Sanuemon Store
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunyuasachou Yuasa 531
    Said to be the origin of soy sauce, this long-established store has been making Kishu Kinzanji Miso for over 400 years. The unchanging hand-made recipe has been passed from father to son and is famous as a local specialty of Yuasa. Kishu Kinzanji Miso is made by picking vegetables such as gourds, eggplant, ginger, and beefsteak plant in rice, soy beans, and barley malt. This is great with rice or as snacks with liquor. To locals it’s an almost indispensable side dish for the local cuisine, Kishu Tea Porridge. The nearest train station is Yuasa Station.
  • JA Arida Farmer's Market Aridakko
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    Wakayama Pref. Aridagunaridagawachou Habu 33-1
    This farmer's market located on Prefectural Route 22 in Habu, Aridagawa Town, Arida County, sells agricultural produce direct from farmers. On sale are fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, always in season, as well as the famous Wakayama tangerines, Arida Mikan. Food fairs and food education events are also held from time to time.
  • Yottette Gobo Store
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    Wakayama Pref. Goboushi Fujitachou Yoshida 537-1
    This farmer's market located on Prefectural Route 26 in Yoshida, Fujita Town, Gobo City, sells agricultural produce direct from farmers. They sell farm products and processed food stuffs including fresh, safe, and inexpensive vegetables, fruits and flowers, such as cucumber, melon, small watermelons, and sea lavender, etc. The store aims to bring farmers and consumers together to reduce costs and make savings.
  • Amadaya
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    Wakayama Gobo-shi Yukawacho Takara 664-6
    This venerable miso paste manufacturer is located a five-minute drive from Gakumon Station on the Kishu Railway. Established in 1808, the company makes and sells the Kishu Kinzanji Miso brand of handcrafted additive-free miso. Kinzanji Miso is made using traditional methods by inoculating domestic rice, barley, and soybeans with Aspergillus oryzae mold to create a koji fermentation starter, adding gourd, eggplant, ginger, and shiso leaf, and then fermenting the mixture with salt and sugar. The all-natural, artificial flavoring and additive-free miso makes it an excellent topping for a bowl of rice or ochazuke (tea and rice soup). We also recommend their barley miso, which combines the mild sweetness produced by the koji with the rich aroma of barley, as well as their white miso, which has a light and sweet flavor.
  • Ume Ichiban (Minabe Store)
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Minabecho Haneta 1540
    Situated along National Route 42 in a residential neighborhood on the south side of Minabe Town near Kashima Island, this shop sells umeboshi pickled plums and other products made with Japanese plums. In addition to umeboshi such as the shop's signature Ogonzuke umeboshi pickled with honey, a style of umeboshi the Ume Ichiban company invented; the establishment also sells other foods made with Japanese plums, umeshu plum liqueur, and original Japanese knickknacks. The shop's selection includes products sold no place else. In the shop's adjoining cafe area, you can have coffee, matcha green tea, and desserts, as well as confections made by the Ume Ichiban company.
  • Hanamitsu (Minabe Store)
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Minabecho Kitado 236
    This longstanding Japanese confectionary company shop is located a short distance north of Minabe Station. Established around 1895, the company has even received an award from the prefectural government given to businesses which have been operating in Wakayama for a century or more. The company is particularly famous for its Kokyu Mikasa, a type of dorayaki pancake sandwich which is very popular and which is stuffed with sweet, high quality Tanba dainagon adzuki beans grown in Tokachi, and a heaping helping of whipped cream mixed with bean paste and honey. The company also offers a seasonal strawberry version in summer and a chestnut one in autumn. Another popular product is the daifuku rice cakes stuffed with Hassaku orange. The shop only normally closes on New Year's Day.
  • Fresh Mart Special Product Direct Sales Store
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Inami Cho Inami 261-1
    A five-minute drive from the Inami Interchange. This farmers market is operated by JA Kisyuu, the local Japan Agricultural Cooperatives branch. The market carries produce raised amidst the area's lush natural abundance. Here you can find Usui peas, snow peas, and other legumes; highly sweet cherry tomato varieties like Akatonbo, Yutosei, Otohime; small sized watermelons just as delicious as their bigger counterparts; and brand items from across the country. In addition, the market also sells fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Michino Hotto Station Miyama no sato
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakagawacho Ubuyugawa 197-5
    This local specialty products shop adjoins Miyama Dome, and is conveniently surrounded by sightseeing destinations such as the longest wisteria trellis in Japan, Tsubayama Dam, and a place known as the best spot in Japan to shout and hear one's voice reverberate in echoes. The shop's wide selection of local products includes dried shiitake mushrooms, foods made with edible wild plants, and willow gudgeon boiled in soy sauce kanroni style. The shop is also known for its pickled Japanese knotweed, which is so popular it's always guaranteed to sell out.
  • Sawayaka Hidaka
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Hidakacho Ibaraki 5
    A five-minute walk from JR Kii-Uchihara Station and a 15-minute drive from the Kawabe Interchange. This farmers market is operated by JA Kisyuu, the local Japan Agricultural Cooperatives branch, and can be reached by exiting Kii-Uchihara Station and taking a left at the Uchihara-ekimae Intersection. The market sells locally-grown produce such as mikan oranges, Usui peas, and cherry tomatoes, as well as choice foods created by local businesses and farmers. The market holds a variety of events, as well, such as food sample sales and events where you can cram a bag with as much produce as will fit and pay the same low price regardless of how much it contains.
  • Gyomu Super & Direct Sales Market Yottette (Mihama Store)
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Mihamacho Tai 426-1
    This supermarket can be reached by heading west on Matsubara-dori Street from Nishi-Gobo Station on the Kishu Railway Line. Although oriented towards restaurants and businesses, the supermarket is also open to the general public and is filled with bargain-priced professional products. The supermarket stocks produce not only from within the prefecture but also local specialty products from Osaka and Nara, resulting in an extremely broad selection. The supermarket has special sales days, such as Japanese confections on Saturdays and Sundays and vegetables on Tuesdays, and also regularly puts other products on sale, plus you can buy products available in a limited number.
  • Hinokiya
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    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Yuracho Monzen 554-3
    A three-minute walk from JR Kii-Yura Station and a 10-minute walk from the Hirogawa Interchange. This shop can be reached by heading northeast on National Route 42 from JR Kii-Yura Station - it's right next to the Monzen Intersection. The shop sells soy sauce and miso, said to have originated in Japan in Yura Town. The shop's major draw is its soy sauce, which has a flavor, aroma, and luster that is simply not possible with mass produced soy sauce. The shop's signature Tengu Shoyu soy sauce is slowly fermented for more than a year and a half. There's also the Kishu Tengu soy sauce designed to be used for sashimi. The shop provides the home delivery service and its products make great souvenirs and gifts.
  • Kinkado
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Hidaka-gun Yuracho Sato 1356
    This longstanding Western confectionary shop was established in 1887 and can be reached by traveling from the Yura Town Office, crossing the Yura Bridge, and taking a left at the second intersection. The shop's products have won awards from government cabinet ministers in national confectionary contests and are also Premier Wakayama-certified. The shop's famous Tengu Chikaramochi cakes consist of individually-wrapped sweet gyuhimochi rice cake which you sandwich between two senbei rice crackers to eat. These exquisite treats, designed to have an incredible texture, are made with choice ingredients and are also renowned amongst tea ceremony masters. The shop also sells seasonal spring and summer flavors, as well. Some of the many other products the shop sells include Kiku Monaka wafer cakes and Orange Cake.
  • Hirogawa Town Fureai-kan
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Hirogawacho Yamamoto 971-1
    This local specialty products market is situated in front of Hirokawa Beach Station. The market sells fresh vegetables, fruits, and other products from farms in the Hirokawa Town area. The market's selection includes Arida mikan oranges, one of the area's most well-known specialty products; as well as daily necessities. In the market's adjoining restaurant, you can eat udon made with Shiawase no Kuro Udon, a patented variety of udon noodle which suppresses post-meal blood sugar level spikes. Particularly noteworthy is the visually-striking Inamura no Hi Curry Udon noodles, which is made with dozens of spices and mikan oranges and topped with shredded chili peppers arranged to resemble a bonfire in the center of the bowl. The restaurant also serves a wide selection of donburi rice bowls, teishoku combo meals, desserts, beverages, and more. In addition, the market has rental cycles, making it a convenient place from which to base area sightseeing activities.
  • Shirasu-ya Maefuku
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Suhara 407
    This longstanding shop, established in 1903, sells shirasu whitebait. The shop's vaunted additive-free, artificial coloring-free kama-age shirasu is made with fresh whitebait straight from Yuasa Bay boiled in a pot with just natural salt from Ako. Other products the shop sells include chirimen dried whitebait, sun-dried kaeri chirimen made with whitebait which has matured, niboshi dried sardines, and tsukudani made with Budo sansho pepper seeds. The shop's product assortments, such as the Wakayama three product assortment which comes with shirasu, himono dried fish, and soy sauce, make for perfect souvenirs and gifts.
  • Oguraya
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yuasa 1033-5
    This Japanese confectionary shop has been in business for 75 years. The shop sells Yuasa-inspired Japanese confections created using choice local ingredients. The shop is famous for is Yuasa Shoyu Manju buns, which are made with Yuasa soy sauce and have a delightful, toasty soy sauce flavor.
  • Otakyusuke Ginsei Miso Factory
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    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yuasa 15
    This Kinzanji miso specialty shop is located a 10-minute drive from the Arida Interchange on the Haniwa Expressway. Kinzanji miso is a type of miso designed to be enjoyed like a side dish and is made with koji malted rice fermented together with wheat, soybeans, eggplant, melon, ginger, shiso leaves, and seasonings. The husband and wife owners have made Kinzanji miso laboriously by hand. In addition to its signature Kinzanji miso, the shop also sells other products such as Hishiho soy sauce fermenting mash for pickling cucumbers and other fresh vegetables, and fresh miso made without any preservatives. The old-fashioned-looking shop is shingled with traditional Japanese roof tiles and a nostalgic atmosphere hangs in the air.
  • Japanese Sweet Shop Tochiri
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Wakayama Arida-gun Yuasacho Yuasa 676
    This Japanese confectionary shop is located in Yuasa Town. Even as it preserves tradition, the shop continues to take on the challenge of creating new Japanese confections. The shop takes particular pride in its sweet adzuki bean jam filling, which has a mildly sweet, clean flavor and which is made according to an exacting production method. The shop sells a wide selection of products which are familiar yet novel at the same time, such as the Torayaki, which consists of castella cake crafted via a proprietary method and wrapped around chestnut and adzuki bean paste; the Mikan Bouche, castella sponge cake filled with mikan orange jam; and the Wagashiya-san no Cheesecake, a cheesecake given a Japanese twist by Japanese confectionary artists.

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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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