Sacred land high above the world and wonderful shops and eateries amid greenery Koyasan/Kainan/Kimino


Famous products of Koyasan made with water that wells up on sacred landHamadaya

This shop established more than 100 years ago specializes in gomadofu (smashed sesame seeds and arrowroot flour boiled then chilled to have the consistency of tofu). The gomadofu is made with an emphasis on freshness, using the running water of Koyasan. With rich sesame flavor and a puddinglike texture, it is exquisite. We recommend sprinkling wasanbon sugar on it and eating it like a dessert.

444 Koyasan, Koya Town, Ito-gun
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Sales stop when inventory runs out. )
Holidays: None scheduled
Budget: Gomadofu (square shape) ¥1,600 for 4 cakes

A sacred place for which Koyasan is famousDanjo Garan Sacred Temple Complex

This is a Shingon Esoteric Buddhism training hall that was the first created by Kobo Daishi. It consists of 19 temple buildings with different functions, including the Konpon Daito (large pagoda) that symbolizes Koyasan and the Kondo main hall. You can watch the Garan Junpai, in which priests go around to the various buildings while reciting sutras.

TEL:0736-56-3215 (Dai-garan)
Koyasan, Koya Town, Ito-gun
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Free to visit (Kondo Hall & Konpon Daito Pagoda ¥500)

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Drink the sacred water and get better at various artsNakagoto-jinja Shrine / Kuroushi no Mizu (black cow's water)

This is the water used in Nate Shuzoten’s choice sake Kuroushi featured on the left page. It is named for the place name Kuroushigata that was used around the 8th century CE. The water wells up on the grounds of the Nakagoto-jinja Shrine and provides the benefit of improving abilities in many arts such as the tea ceremony and calligraphy. You can scoop up and drink the water whenever you like between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

933 Kuroe, Kainan City
Free to visit

A city with a lively fishing harborGenki Osaki-kan Kazamachi / Saturday morning market

Local marine products and vegetables are sold every Saturday directly to market-goers at this renovated fishery cooperative's warehouse that looks out on Osaki Bay. There are also plenty of side dishes made with local ingredients available. A cafe operates Wednesday through Sunday (1-5 p.m.).

833-5 Shimotsucho-osaki, Kainan City
10:00 a.m.- (Closes when sold out)
Open only on Sat.

A river of pure, powerfully flowing water Makuni-gawa River

This river has such clean water that it is famous as a place to watch fireflies. You can encounter the grandeur of nature here, whether in Kamataki's potholes — large and small holes in the rock of the riverbed — or in the 30 meter drop of Fudo Waterfall, which is on a tributary that flows in Ui-Tani Valley.

Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun - Kinokawa City - Katsuragi Town, Ito-gun
Fully enjoy the mountains, river and starry skyTamayura-no-Sato

This is a glamping spot surrounded by the clear waters of the Kishi-gawa River and abundant greenery. Get your fill of the nature of Kimino through river recreation, preparation-free barbecues and staring up at the vast starry sky. The cottages on the site are available both to day trippers and people spending the night.

TEL:073-499-0613 (Reservations required)
705 Hasemiya, Kimino Town
Day-trip barbecue use is allowed 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Holidays: None scheduled
Budget: For barbecues, adults ¥1,000, elementary school students ¥450 and children aged 2-5 ¥350. (When the pool can be used, adults ¥1,300, elementary school students ¥750 and children aged 2-5 ¥550.) *Children aged under 2 are free for both.

Try a traditional craft at a lacquerware villageUruwashikan (Kishu Shikki Dento Sangyo Kaikan) / Lacquerware and maki-e (gold lacquer) workshop

This is a program in which you can learn the fundamentals of traditional maki-e (gold lacquer). You can choose the color and pattern you like, and then apply Cashew brand chemical lacquer substitute to a tray, finish by sprinkling the gold powder on, and take the finished product home yourself the same day.

TEL:073-482-0322 (Reservations required) *Groups should make reservations 3 weeks in advance, individuals one week in advance.
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222 Funo, Kainan City
Available to individuals on Sat. and Sun.
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. For groups of 10 or more, every day 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Budget: Starting at ¥1,500 for a round tray

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This is a shop specializing in gelato made by a farmer that is surrounded by forest and farm fields. There is a great variety of gelato types that change with the season. They are made with fruits such as apricot and peach as well as locally harvested vegetables. All of themhavearichflavorthat incorporates the taste of the fruits and vegetables they are made with.

785-3 Miogawa, Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mon. (If the day falls on a holiday, the following day will be closed instead.)
Budget: Gelato (single) ¥388

Chez Minami

Chez Minami is a restaurant surrounded by greenery. It serves only a pre-fixed course, and uses vegetables from neighborhood farms and a farm in Kinokawa called Miyakusu Noen. The chef, who studied cooking in France, offers French and Italian dishes, including pizza cooked in a masonry oven.

TEL:073-495-2803 (Reservations required)
759-3 Miogawa, Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed on Mon. (If the day falls on a holiday, the following day will be closed instead.)
Budget: French cuisine and pasta lunch course ¥3,190

Nate Shuzoten

This is an old sake brewery, established 150 years ago, that specializes in umakuchi sake made without added alcohol or sugar that was fermented powerfully using somewhat hard water. Demand is growing overseas as well for this sake made with an emphasis on contract farming and attention to the individuality of the area and storehouses.

846 Kuroe, Kainan City
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3
Budget: Sake tasting starts at ¥100 for 60ml


This is a popular bakery opened locally about 20 years ago by the proprietor. The breads are made using Japanese wheat. Varieties include home-grown fruit and foods from Kimino including chestnuts from Kishu Maruichi Noen. All the breads are made with plenty of ingredients and have a simple, mild flavor.

417-3 Kamataki, Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Weekends: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) *The last order is taken 30 minutes before the cafe closes.
Closed on Mon. to Wed.
Budget: Sandwiches ¥715

gakujin natural bread

This is a bakery run in an old private home in the mountain recesses by a proprietor who was attracted by the environment of high-quality natural water. The natural bread, made with Japanese wheat flour and homemade natural yeast and then baked in a masonry oven, has the powerful flavor that comes from baking in a wood-fired oven. It is also possible to dine in.

372 Miroku, Kimino Town, Kaiso-gun
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. *last order time
*Bread sales stop when inventory runs out. (It's best to come in the morning.)
Open only on Sat.
Budget: Custard filled brioche ¥200, salted butter bread ¥160, seasonal melange ¥380

Kura to Kuri

The owner of the space is "Kisyu Maruichi Noen" which sells chesnats , ume, other agricultural products and their processed foods. The restaurant "Mominoki Shokudo" serves vegetarian dishes and desserts featuring local ingredients as well as drinks.

685-4 Nishino, Kimino Town, Kaiso- gun
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & holidays: 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Closed on Tue., Wed. & 3rd Mon.
Budget: Lunch ¥1,800, coffee starting at ¥400