Island adventure with sake brewery tours! A stimulating experience for grown-ups 和歌山・那賀・伊都

WAKAYAMA

Water beloved since ancient timesKimii-dera Temple / Sanseisui water

The name of this temple originates in famous water that wells up halfway up a sacred mountain. Below the Seijosui water that cleanses a person of his crimes, a "Zange to Shofuku no Mizuba (Penitence and Good Luck Watering Hole)" has been newly created. Also available are Yoryusui, which heals sickness, and Kisshosui, which brings happiness.

TEL:073-444-1002
1201 Kimiidera, Wakayama City
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Entrance fee: Adults ¥200, Children ¥100

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An unpopulated island with a mixture of ruins and natureTomogashima Island

Tomogashima Island is a collective name for four islands in the Kitan Channel: Okinoshima, Jinoshima, Torajima and Kamijima. There are brick ruins scattered among untouched nature here, making visitors feel as if they had stumbled upon another world.

TEL:073-459-1333 (Tomogashima Kisen)/073-459-0314 (Tomogashima Information Center)
Kada, Wakayama City

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NAGA

There are many highlights on the large temple grounds.Negoro-ji Temple

This is the head temple of the Shingi Shingon sect. Its wooden pagoda is the largest in Japan and it has been designated a national treasure. It also has Shotendo, which rests in a pond brimming with water from the mountain and a scenic garden with waterfalls, ponds and other features.

TEL:0736-62-1144
2286 Negoro, Iwade City
9:10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Nov.-Mar. -4:00 p.m.)
Entrance fee: Adults ¥500

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Tama Cafe

This is a cafe in Kishi Station, where super station chief Nitama works. It has a selection of cute drinks and gelatos with a cat motif. The "hot cats" (not hot dogs) are popular and go for 330 yen.

Telephone not available
Kishigawacho-kodo, Kinokawa City (in the Kishi Sta.)
9:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Closed on the 3rd Wed.
Budget: Tama's Lemon Soda Float ¥550

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Kokawaya

Kokawaya sells jams made by local fruit growers. The most popular product is a jam sauce developed by a grower of Arakawa no momo peach. With a sugar content of 35 degrees Brix — slightly sweet — it has a fresh flavor that brings out the original taste of the fruit.

TEL:0736-73-3282
35-1 Ida, Kinokawa City
Around 8:00 a.m.-around 5:00 p.m.
Holidays: None scheduled
Budget: Jam sauce ¥550 for 150 grams (each)

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ITO

A place of scenic beauty dotted with oddly shaped rocks and stonesTamagawa-kyo Gorge

This gorge runs along National Route 371, which leads to Koyasan. Beautiful canyon scenery of the four seasons unfolds in such places as Inumodori, a viewpoint made up of giant rocks.

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In search of a sake brewery that uses famous waterHatsusakura Shuzo / Sake brewing tour

This is an old brewery halfway up the Kino-kawa River, which was an important point for water transportation. The head brewer and company president will give you a tour of the inside of the brewery, which is registered as a national tangible cultural property. The water used is underground water from the Izumi Mountains, which has a stout flavor different from the mild Kino-kawa River water.

TEL:0736-22-0005 (Reservations required at least a week in advance of a tour.)
85 Nakaiburi, Katsuragi Town, Ito-gun
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Holidays: None scheduled Tour: Free admission
Time required for tour: Approx. 30 minutes

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Water from a spring of well-known quality in a secluded region Yadori Onsen Iyashi-no-Yu

This is a hot-spring hotel facing Tamagawa-kyo Gorge, which is popular for firefly viewing and water recreation. The free-flowing, open-air bath has salt spring water with a pH of 8.5. A nice, leisurely soak in it will give you smooth, moist skin.

TEL:0736-32-8000
5 Kitayadori, Hashimoto City
11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. *last admission time
Closed on Tue., Wed. & Thu. (Open if the day falls on a holiday or during Golden Week, summer period, the end-of-year and New Year holidays)
Bathing fee: Adults ¥610, Children ¥300

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