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


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.

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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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.

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 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.

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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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.

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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