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You can’t fight on an empty stomach!
Take a stroll around places associated with Sengoku and discover great foods.

Kudoyama-cho food guide

Oyatsu no Jikan café style

Lunch in Kudoyama

This café located in an old Japanese-style house offers a pleasant space for relaxing mind and body while eating a healthy lunch prepared with locally sourced foods. Diners can unwind over a lunch featuring ingredients from Kudoyama and enzyme brown rice (Kudoyama Lunch: 1,296 yen), homemade sweets the restaurant owner is proud to serve, and the local mountain landscape.

555-19 Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 090-8446-8208
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Closed: Tue.
Access: Approx. 10 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

Gratin Café

Seafood gratin

This restaurant specializes in gratin, a rarity in Japan. It regularly serves a menu of approximately 10 different gratin, including seafood gratin (1,480 yen), which is popular for its perfect harmony of shrimp, scallops, sea urchin, and perfected white sauce. The restaurant interior is underground and has seats from which a clear stream can be viewed. *Prices are subject to change according to season.

1314 Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-54-3190
Hours: (weekdays) 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
(weekends and holidays) 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*Dinner served only on Sat. (5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.).
Closed: Tue.,On the third Wednesday
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

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Hashimoto City food guide

Ranka Hashitama

Kokko no Takaramono cake

This sweets shop sells zuccotto cheesecake prepared with an abundance of fresh eggs from Kuzuhara Farm in the city of Hashimoto. Kokko no Takaramono (18 cm; 1,188 yen) is a slightly sweet cake with a light texture and mild flavor. Various custard puddings made with plenty of eggs and milk are also popular.

2-13-8 Ominedai, Hashimoto-shi
TEL: 0736-36-1102
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed: year’s end/New Year’s
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from Nankai Koya Line “Rinkan Denentoshi Station;” get off at “Ominedaichu”

Farmers Market Yacchon Hiroba Shokusaikan

Daily lunch special

The popular lunch (820 yen) is prepared with a generous amount of locally grown vegetables. A choice of two main dishes, 6 side dishes, rice, and soup are served. Diners can enjoy seasonal flavors and the freshness of vegetables just picked that morning. Gelato made from seasonal fruits is also sold on the first floor.

522-1 Kishigami, Hashimoto-shi
TEL: 0736-33-2500
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
*Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Yacchon Hiroba: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Nov.–Mar.), 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (Apr.–Sept.)
Closed: 1st Wed. of every month, New Year’s (1st–3rd)
Access: Approx. 10 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Kii-Yamada Station”

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Katsuragi-cho food guide

Sanso Amanosato

Lunch course

This mountain retreat standing in Amano, a secluded place located at the skirts of Koyasan, is stately yet has a welcoming feel. The lunch course (2,700 yen/4,000 yen, tax excluded; reservations required) fuses Japanese and French cuisine. Diners can fully enjoy local foods such as buckwheat grown in Amano. From Mondays to Wednesdays there is also a half buffet served at lunch.

1620 Shimoamano Katsuragi-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-26-0753
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.–Last Order 1:30 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m.–Last Order 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Thur.
Access: Approx. 20 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Kaseda Station;” get off at “Kyu-Amano Shogakko-mae”

Ichiriki

Ayu-zushi

In this local Wakayama specialty, sweetfish caught from Kinokawa River is stewed in soy sauce and sugar, then prepared as pressed sushi to preserve it. The fourth-generation owner of this restaurant, which was founded around 100 years ago, still makes it using the age-old preparation method. One ayu-zushi (6 pieces) is 900 yen, and a serving size for one (9 pieces) is 1350 yen.

2529-4 Chonomachi, Katsuragi-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-22-0073
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Closed: Tue.
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Myoji Station”

West Coast

Daily lunch special (drink included)

The daily lunch special (1,180 yen) serves deep-fried shrimp and several dishes made with locally grown vegetables. It is popular with women because the meal allows diners to experience various dishes that make the most of the goodness of ingredients. Seasonal roll cakes are also well known and bought over and over by fans from throughout Japan (can be mail ordered).

108-1 Kasedahigashi, Katsuragi-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-22-5984
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed: Sun.
Access: Approx. 3 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Kaseda Station”

Isakitei, a French Family Restaurant

This restaurant with a warm atmosphere serves simple but delicious cakes made in French homes, breads, and lunches of French home cooking. Superb seasonal tarts made with plenty of fresh, locally sourced fruits and a crisp crust change with the seasons.

635 Higashishibuta, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-1595
Hours: Cake/Café 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Morning 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Dinner (Friday only) 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Closed: Mon., Sun.
Access: Approx. 8 min. by car from JR “Kaseda Station”

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Kinokawa City food guide

Roadside Station Seishu no Sato

A healthy, welcoming buffet

Diners can enjoy foods made with vegetables from Kinokawa to their hearts content. There are approximately 40 different dishes served, including homemade simmered foods, sautéed foods, and vinegared dishes, as well as drinks and desserts (90 min. on weekdays, 60 min. on weekends and holidays: 1,380 yen for adults, 840 yen for elementary students, and 500 yen for children 3 years and older).

473 Nishinoyama, Kinokawa-shi
TEL: 0736-75-6008
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. *The buffet is 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Last Order: 2:00 p.m. on weekdays, 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays)
Closed: Tue. (or the following day if Tue. is a holiday)
Access: Approx. 20 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Nate Station”

JA Kinosato Mekkemon Hiroba

Gelato

Located on the right in the back of the store filled with safe, fresh farm products, Eaten sells gelato that is carefully made (a single scoop is 250 yen, a double scoop is 300 yen). Enjoy a variety of flavors made with fruits and vegetables from Mekkemon Hiroba. The photo shows Japanese mustard spinach and peach. No artificial colors are used.

56-3 Toyoda, Kinokawa-shi
TEL: 0736-78-3715
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: 1st Tue. of every month, Obon/New Year’s holidays
Access: Approx. 30 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Uchita Station”

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Iwade food guide

Tonkatsu Chanko Sakagura

Pork loin cutlet meal (150 g)

Pork loin cutlet is made from Sanmiton pork, known for richness and palatability. It has a clean flavor, and the breading is fried to a crispiness using rice oil, which does not oxidize easily. Diners can go back for more helpings of Nitamai rice cooked in a large pot, pickles, soup, and cabbage (Pork loin cutlet meal (150 g) is 1,380 yen, tax excluded).

14-1 Nishino, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-67-7535
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. (Last Order: 2:30 p.m.), 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. (Last Order: 9:30 p.m.)
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 20 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Iwade Station”

Belgium Sweets Café Bel-klein

Belgian chocolate

Belgian waffles made with flour from Japan are individually cooked after an order is received. The popular Belgian Chocolate (730 yen, tax excluded) serves Brussels-style waffles that are light on the inside and crispy on the outside with three different chocolate toppings.

Green Plaza Nakajima II, 813-1 Nakajima, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-61-1661
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (Lunch: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
Closed: Irregular holiday
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Iwade Station;” get off at “Nakajimakita”

Kominka Café Restaurant Negoro Hatsuhana

Kirari

An old Japanese-style house over 100 years old has been restored into a spacious restaurant with both tatami mats and tables. Diners can enjoy local cuisine made with locally grown vegetables in the modern Japanese-style interior. In addition to Kirari (1,600 yen, tax excluded), which comes with a choice of tea porridge or seasoned steamed rice with vegetables, the restaurant also serves a full menu of café dishes.

2185 Negoro, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-61-3899
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed:open year round
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Iwade Station;” get off at “Iwade Toshokan” or “Negoro-ji”

KOREAN DINING Yume

This restaurant serves home-style Korean meals, including yakiniku (barbecued meat), horumonnabe (meat giblet cooked in stock), and samgyeopsal (grilled pork belly). Food is cooked on a “healthy roaster” that does not give off smoke.

1-1 Petit Tool, 42 Bizen, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-62-0044
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Dinner 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 15 min. on foot; get off at JR “Iwade Station”

GOCU China Restaurant

Be amazed and impressed by the cuisine! This restaurant values making the most of the natural flavors of ingredients. Lunch is extremely reasonable. The sweet and sour pork, a specialty that can only be eaten at GOCU, is a popular dish, along with the extremely popular tantan noodles. The restaurant serves up amazing dishes from lunch to dinner.

432-1 Nakakuro, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-61-2226
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m. (Last Order: 3:00 p.m.) on weekdays,11:00 a.m.-,5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (Last Order: 9:00 p.m.) on weekdays
Closed: Wed.
Access: 700 m. north of the Nakakuro intersection of Rt. 24, on the right side

Yoshoku Yuzen Saika

This restaurant serving Western-style food has gained in popularity through word of mouth. Though it serves Western-style food, it also has Japanese cuisine. Momiji is a popular menu selection that pleases because diners can eat both Japanese and Western foods a little at a time. Children are very welcome! The entire restaurant can also be reserved for groups.

266-5 Mizusu, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-63-3733
Hours: Lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Dinner 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Closed: Mon. and every 2nd and 4th Sun. of the month
Access: 2 min. from Wakayama Bus Naga “Mizusu Sumitomo Danchi Kita”

Rappa no Yakinikuya Yasube Honten

This yakiniku (barbecued meat) restaurant has been in business for 16 years in the city of Iwade. It serves only the best and freshest Japanese beef. Japanese beef tongue and skirt teak are recommended.

266-4 Kawashiri, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-62-9187
Hours: 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. (Last Order: 22:30 p.m.)
Closed: Tue.
Access: Approx. 10 min. on foot from the Wakayama Bus Naga “Kawashiri” bus stop

Rappa no Yakinikuya Yasube Bypass-ten

There is a second Yasube along Rt. 24 Iwade Bypass! Just like at the main restaurant, at lunchtime authentic yakiniku is offered along with foods such as stewed tongue.

662-1 Nakajima, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-61-2941
Hours: Lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Dinner 5:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Closed: Wed.
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot west of the Nakajima intersection of Rt. 24

Sushi Tozaemon

The fifth-generation owner of a fish wholesale business that has been around since the Edo period serves not only local fish, but also carefully selected fish from throughout Japan as sushi and à-la-carte dishes. The restaurant is particular about safety, deliciousness, reasonable prices, and in-house preparation. The set lunch menu is especially popular at 880 yen (tax excluded)!!

201-1 Nakabusa, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-63-5538
Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Dinner 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. (Last Order: 9:30 p.m.)
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 3 min. on foot from Wakayama Bus Naga Iwade Tarui Line “Nakabusa” bus stop

Tomato & Onion Iwade-ten

The restaurant interior is modeled after the good old days of 1950s America. Diners can enjoy delicious food and a relaxing time.

30 Nishino, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-69-1500
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m
Open year round
Access: Approx. 10 min. by car from Keinawa Expressway Iwade Negoro Interchange

Hakkenden Iwade-ten

There is an array of dishes on the Japanese-style bar menu that offers a variety of foods, including meals, fried foods, and grilled foods centering on yakitori (grilled chicken).
The company has uniquely developed by creating community-based restaurants in locations such as the suburbs and downtown areas.

211-1 Nishino, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-61-6668
Hours: 5:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. the next day (Last Order: 1:30 a.m. the next day)
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot from JR “Iwade Station”

Bariuma Ramen Iwade-ten

Serves the richest tonkotsu (pork bone broth)-soy sauce ramen prepared with top-grade tamari soy sauce that brings out the inherent flavor of pork bone to the max.

17-9 Kawashiri, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-69-5850
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–2:00 a.m. the next day (Last Order: 1:30 a.m. the next day)
Open year round
Access: Approx. 800 m. north of the Bizen intersection

JA Kinosato Farmers Market OINACITY

Every morning, locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits are stocked on the shelves. The No.1 recommendation is the homemade side dishes! They are 100% additive free and entirely handmade, and their popularity is growing fast.

20 Ibaramoto, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-62-8313
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Closed: 1st Wed. of every month
Access: Approx. 10 min. by car south of Keinawa Expressway Iwade Negoro Interchange

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Wakayama City food guide

Ide Shoten

Ramen

A long line of customers forms at this long-established shop that has spread Wakayama ramen to the rest of Japan. The specially made soup is a pork-based soy sauce flavor that perfectly clings to the thin noodles. Though rich and filling, it has a light, mild aftertaste. Diners are responsible for telling the staff how much of the sushi and boiled eggs placed on the table that they ate. Ramen is 700 yen.

4-84 Tanaka-machi, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-424-1689
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. (Last Order: 11:30 p.m.)
Closed: Thur.
Access: Approx. 7 min. on foot from JR “Wakayama Station”

Kada Awashima Onsen Osakaya Hiina no Yu

Tai no Kabutoni

This Japanese-style inn is known for open-air baths with a beautiful view and fresh fish cuisine. Tai no Kabutoni (Simmered Sea Bream Head, 1944 yen) is a simple dish flavored with sake and soy sauce. The sweetness of the sea bream in this masterpiece is superb. The head chef displays his skills through unique flavoring that elicits the umami of the foods.

142 Kada, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-459-1151
Access: Approx. 20 min. on foot from Nankai Kada Line “Kada Station”
*In addition to overnight accommodation plans, there are also plans that include lunch and use of the onsen.

Gyokurin-en Green Corner

Guriten set meal

This restaurant is operated by a tea manufacturer that was founded in the Edo period. The menu includes green soft-serve ice cream that makes the most of the flavor of matcha tea (180 yen), and tenkake ramen that is topped with items such as tenkasu and wakame (370 yen). There is also a Guriten set meal (green tea soft-serve ice cream, tenkake ramen, and croquette; 576 yen) that is sure to satisfy!

48-1 Dejima, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-473-0456
Hours: Gyokurin-en 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Green Corner 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (Last Order: 10:30 p.m.)
Open year round
Access: Approx. 15 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Tainose Station”
*There are also shops in Izumiya Wakayama, Tsukijibashi, Izumiya Kawanabe, and Iwade

Kuroshio Market

Otoro tuna sushi made with fresh tuna

Visit Kuroshio Market in Wakayama Marina City to get your fill of the blessings of the sea in Wakayama. The otoro tuna sushi is made with fresh tuna (3 pieces for 1,200 yen) taken from the tuna trimming show, held every day, right after the show is finished. People come back for the delicious taste that melts in your mouth!

1527 Kemi, Wakayama-shi
TEL: 073-448-0008
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. in winter)
Closed: Irregular closings(Twice a year)
Access: Approx. 15 min. by bus from JR “Wakayama Station”/approx. 30 min. by bus from Nankai Electric Railway “Wakayamashi Station;” get off at “Marina City”

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Kimino-cho food guide

Trattoria Stellato

A dish from the lunch served in courses

The owner-chef who trained in Osaka and Kyoto returned to his hometown to open an authentic Italian restaurant. Seasonal ingredients are used to offer different dishes each day. The Pasta Lunch is 1,500 yen (tax excluded), and the Stellato Lunch is 2,500 yen (tax excluded).

248-1 Minogaito, Kimino-cho, Kaiso-gun
TEL: 073-497-9030
Hours: 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. (Last Order: 2:30 p.m.) *Dinner served only from Fri.–Sun. (6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)
Closed: Wed., every 4th Tue. of the month
Access: Approx. 20 min. by car from Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line “Kishi Station”

Tamayura no Sato

A smoothie

Smoothies are made with fruits grown in all four seasons in Wakayama, including grapes and peaches (400 yen–450 yen). The smoothies have a rich fruit flavor, and the creamy yet refreshing taste is popular with men and women of all ages. A strawberry smoothie is pictured (450 yen).

705 Hasemiya, Kimino-cho, Kaiso-gun
TEL: 073-499-0613
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (facility hours)
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 50 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Kaseda Station;” get off at “Shimoshinjo Kachifurute”

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From local products to farm-fresh vegetables,
take home excellent souvenirs from Wakayama, together with memories of your travels.

Guide to souvenirs and stopovers by area

Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Kudoyama-cho

Kakinoha Sushi

Local cuisine from upstream Kinokawa River where persimmons are grown.
Kakinoha sushi made by hand the old-fashioned way is so popular it is often a sellout.
There are sushi toppings, mackerel, salmon, and shiitake mushroom (9 pieces of mackerel (1,170 yen); 9 pieces of the 3 varieties (1,210 yen)). It is perfect for a souvenir or making a pilgrimage to Koya.

Kakinoha Sushi Kuwaraku
1353 Kudoyama, Kudoyama-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-54-2600
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–until sold out *Orders should be made in advance whenever possible. Salmon and shiitake mushroom orders must be made a day in advance.
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot from Nankai Koya Line “Kudoyama Station”

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Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Hashimoto City

Hashibo Bookmark

Why not purchase a bookmark made of Japanese cedar that is unique to Wakayama, a land of trees?
The Hashibo Bookmark is made of cedar that has been processed to resist splintering and printed with Hashibo, the mascot character of the city of Hashimoto (350 yen each). Enjoy the faint aroma of cedar wood each time you read.

Hashimoto Tourist Information Center
1-5-9 Kosada, Hashimoto-shi
TEL: 0736-33-3552
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Wed. (or the following day if Wed. is a holiday), 6 days at year’s end/New Year’s
Access: In front of JR/Nankai Electric Railway “Hashimoto Station”

Saiori Handkerchiefs

There are a variety of woven fabric products featuring a fabulous texture and the same design on both sides. Locally produced items are sold from Koyaguchi-cho, one of the leading producers of the greatest pile fabrics in Japan.
The handkerchiefs (1,404 yen–3,500 yen) are particularly popular because they remain soft and their colors stay even after 10 years of use.

Hashimoto-shi Jibasangyo Shinko Center, Tachiyori-Dokoro
288 Nagura, Koyaguchi-cho, Hashimoto-shi
TEL: 0736-44-1401
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mon.
Access: Approx. 2 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Koyaguchi Station”

Yadori Onsen Iyashi no Yu

Spend a luxurious time soothing body and soul. Soak in an exceptional hot spring that is the earth’s blessing amid an abundance of nature at the foot of Koyasan while overlooking the clear streams of Tamagawa Gorge, and enjoy cuisine prepared with local ingredients and seasonal foods.

Yadori Onsen Iyashi no Yu
5 Kitayadori, Hashimoto-shi
TEL: 0736-32-8000
Hours: 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (doors close to new visitors at 8:00 p.m.)
Closed: Tue.–Thur. *Open during holidays, the Golden Week holiday from late April through early May, summertime, year’s end/New Year’s
Access: Approx. 30 min. by car; get off at Keinawa Expressway Hashimoto Interchange

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Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Katsuragi-cho

Katsuragi Onsen Happu no Yu

A soothing setting standing serenely at the skirts of Koyasan.
An abundance of water flows directly from 4 hot spring sources.
The fifth hot spring source used in the large public bath is a precious natural onsen fed by ancient (tens of thousands of years old) seawater called “fossil seawater.” After enjoying the onsen, have a delightful meal prepared with a wealth of local ingredients.

Katsuragi Onsen Happu no Yu
702 Saya, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-23-1126
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. (doors close to new visitors at 9:00 p.m.)
Open year round (may close for maintenance)
Access: Approx. 5 min. on foot; get off at JR “Kaseda Station”

Konnyaku Kobo

The rice omelet features konnyaku in rice filling that is wrapped in a fluffy egg omelet and topped with plenty of tomato sauce made with tomatoes from Amano in Katsuragi-cho. The filling cakes are made with lots of local fruits. Baked sweets, konnyaku, jam, pickles, and other goods are also sold.

Konnyaku Kobo
324 Hoshikawa, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-3433
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed: Dec. 31st–Jan. 10th
Access: 15 min. by car from JR “Kaseda Station”

Kaki no Chaya Yorimichi

Seasonal fruits and vegetables unique to a farmer’s market are sold at reasonable prices. There is also an assortment of various flowers and processed foods. Fresh juice made with fresh, seasonal fruits is very popular. At the shop offering light meals, the yakitori-don (600 yen) is recommended.

Kaki no Chaya Yorimichi
612-1 Nishiiburi, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-7024
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Wed.
Access: 5 min. by car from JR “Nakaiburi Station”

Konnyaku no Sato

Homemade konnyaku made from fresh taro cooked in a kettle is sold here.
In addition to farm-fresh vegetables and fruits, there are also homemade jams and tomato sauces made with locally grown ingredients, and processed foods such as miso.

Konnyaku no Sato
324 Hoshikawa, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-3433
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekdays, Sat. and Sun. 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays
Open year round
Access: 15 min. by car from JR “Kaseda Station”

Roadside Station Kinokawa Manyo no Sato

This roadside station facing the Kinokawa River is located on Rt. 24 amid picturesque scenery looking over Imoyama and Seyama, which were noted in 15 of the poems in the “Manyoshu” collection of poems. A shop sells locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, and there is a café serving light meals such as the local specialty of kakinoha sushi.

487-2 Kubo, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-0055
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Nov.–Feb. 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Dec.30th–Jan. 3rd
Access: Approx. 15 min. on foot from JR “Nishi-Kaseda Station”

Hatsusakura Shuzo Koyasan Hannyato Sake Chokubai-ten

This is currently the only brewery still making Kawakami sake. All the sake tastes great, including Koyasan Hannyato made with local brewer’s rice from Amano, liqueur made with fruits (Kishu peach sake, mandarin orange sake, plum sake), and “Sanada Shinobi,” named after the Sengoku warrior Sanada Yukimura. The main building, storehouse, and kakoi storehouse, which were built between the Meiji and Taisho periods, have an elegant appearance and are designated cultural properties.

Hatsusakura Shuzo Koyasan Hannyato Sake Chokubai-ten
85 Nakaiburi, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-0005
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Sat., Sun., holidays), 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. (weekdays)
Closed: Irregular closing period
Access: Approx. 3 min. on foot from JR “Nakaiburi Station”

Roadside Station Katsuragi Nishi

This roadside station, which opened in May 2015 in the Keinawa Expressway Katsuragi Nishi Parking Area, sells local products and agricultural products such as fruits from Katsuragi-cho, the land of fruits. It includes the restaurant, “Men no Denroku,” a sightseeing/local information counter, and a dining area.

Roadside Station Katsuragi Nishi
1271-28 Kaseda Higashi, Katsuragi-cho
TEL: 0736-22-7810
Hours: Mar.–Oct.:Sale of goods/station 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m./restaurant 10:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Nov.–Feb.: Sale of goods/station 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m./restaurant 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Open year round
Access: Keinawa Expressway Katsuragi Nishi Parking Area inbound lane

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Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Kinokawa City

Arakawa no Momo Yokan

Yokan (600 yen) are carefully mixed with locally grown Arakawa peaches. The light pink color and refined sweetness make these confections popular as souvenirs and gifts. Enjoy the flavor of peaches not only in summer, but in all seasons.
Homemade peach jam is also available (450 yen).

JA Kinosato Momoyama Tokusan Center
404-1 Ichiba, Momoyama-cho, Kinokawa-shi
TEL: 0736-66-2384
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Tue. (open every day from mid June–mid Aug.), Obon (Aug. 14th–16th), year’s end/New Year’s (Dec. 31st–Jan.5th)
Access: Approx. 25 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Uchita Station;” get off at “Dan”

Hassaku Puro

Take a bite of this crispy confection to experience the bitter sweetness of hassaku, the locally grown citrus fruit from Kinokawa, the fragrance of sliced almonds, and the richness of fermented butter. The handmade confection, Hassaku Puro (8 pieces, 1,036 yen) pairs well with wine.

Kanko Tokusan Center Kokawa
2046-1 Kokawa, Kinokawa-shi
TEL: 0736-73-8500
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Closed: Irregular closings
Access: Approx. 15 min. on foot from JR Wakayama Line “Kokawa Station”

Blueberry Confiture

This jam (1,000 yen) has a low-sugar content and is made with an abundance of fresh blueberries grown in Wakayama. It tastes of the natural sweetness and sourness of the fruit, and is accented with the secret ingredient, apple cider vinegar. Try adding it to yogurt.

Tama-plaza
802 Kodo, Kishigawa-cho, Kinokawa-shi
TEL: 0736-64-2315
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Tue. (or the following day if Tue. is a holiday)
Access: In front of Wakayama Electric Railway Kishigawa Line “Kishigawa Station”

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Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Iwade City

Kurumazaka Gohyakumangoku Junmaishu Sake

This shop handles local products and the direct sales store for “Nihonjo,” a brewery founded 100 years ago.
Kurumazaka Gohyakumangoku Junmaishu Sake (720 ml/1,250 yen; tax excluded) is made with underground water from Kinokawa River and is meticulously brewed by a female chief sake brewer. It has a full flavor and goes down easily. The dry sake can be enjoyed at room temperature or warmed.

Sake no Negorokku
49-1 Hatake, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-62-8377
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Open year round
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Iwade Station;” get off at “Hatake”

Farm-fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Just-picked, fresh and safe farm produce and wild plants are available at a low price.
Negoro oto, large peppers in season from July to October, are a local product from Iwade. There are also products such as chiffon cake that are made in collaboration with popular local sweets shops.

Roadside Station Negoro Sakura no Sato
37-1 Oshigawa, Iwade-shi
TEL: 0736-69-0210
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (until 6:00 p.m. Apr.–Sept.)
Closed: 1st Tue. of every month, end of Obon, year’s end/New Year’s
Access: Approx. 15 min. by bus from JR Wakayama Line “Iwade Station;” get off at “Negoro Sakura no Sato”

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Guide to souvenirs and stopovers in Koyasan

Koyosan Shojin Cuisine Standard, Gomadofu

Suzuki Shokuhin

Gomadofu is an essential dish in shojin vegetarian cuisine that is made from carefully selected sesame and arrowroot picked from Yoshino and Kumano mountains. The dish should be bought as a souvenir when visiting Koyasan (fresh gomadofu, 6 pieces, 890 yen; vacuum packed, 1 piece, 380 yen; 2 pieces, 760 yen).

Suzuki Shokuhin
49 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-56-2731
Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: Mon.
Access: Approx. 20 min. by bus from Nankai Koya Line “Koyasan Station;” get off at “Okuno-in-mae”
Gomadofu Hamadaya

This simple gomadofu is prepared with only 3 ingredients: high-quality sesame, arrowroot, and water. It is made reciting 1 Heart Sutra and 3 gohogo to Daishi, with gratitude for the pilgrims to Koyasan (4 square pieces, 1,200 yen).

Gomadofu Hamadaya
444 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-56-2343
Hours: 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. *Closes when the product is sold out.
Closed: Irregular closing
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from Nankai Koya Line “Koyasan Station;” get off at “Odawara-dori”
Morishita Shoten Sohonpo

Gomadofu carefully crafted with white sesame and Yoshino arrowroot is characterized by a pure white color and smooth texture. It is popular not only with tourists, but with local residents as well (fresh gomadofu, 6 pieces, 1,080 yen, 8 pieces 1,296 yen; vacuum packed, 6 pieces, 1,188 yen).

Morishita Shoten Sohonpo
Higashi Odawara, Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-56-2341
Hours: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Closed: Mon. (or the following day if Mon. is a holiday)
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from Nankai Koya Line “Koyasan Station;” get off at “Odawara-dori”
Kadohama Gomatofu Sohonpo

Kadohama continues to preserve natural flavors and tastes in this additive-free gomadofu made with a traditional method practiced for years. The high quality has been globally recognized. It won the Monde Selection Gold Quality Award for 10 consecutive years (1 piece, 237 yen).

Kadohama Gomatofu Sohonpo
262 Koyasan, Koya-cho, Ito-gun
TEL: 0736-56-2336
Hours: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Open year round
Access: Approx. 10 min. by bus from Nankai Koya Line “Koyasan Station;” get off at “Atago-mae”

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