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

This is the second amulet-issuing temple among the 33 temples in the Kansai area of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. 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 & 70 years old and older ¥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. Use the Tomogashima Kisen to get to the islands.

TEL:073-459-1333 (Tomogashima Kisen)/073-459-0314 (Tomogashima Information Center)
Kada, Wakayama City
Round-trip fare: Adults ¥2,200, Children ¥1,100

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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 the calico-cat stationmaster Nitama works. In addition to cat-themed drinks and gelato, it has cat stationmaster merchandise that makes a perfect souvenir.

Telephone not available
Kishigawacho-kodo, Kinokawa City (in the Kishi Sta.)
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Open every day (except for irregular closures for maintenance)
Budget: Tama's Coffee Float ¥600

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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)

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.

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. A 720 ml bottle of Jummaishu Koyasan Hannyato is ¥1,250.

TEL:0736-22-0005 Note: Brewery tours are not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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

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 sodium hydrogen carbonate and chloride spring water with a pH of 8.7, and it took first place in the family division in the "2018 Onsen General Election."

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, August, the end-of-year and New Year holidays)
Bathing fee: Adults ¥620, Children ¥310