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*Electronic topographical map data (tiles) published by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan have been used with the permission of the Director-General of that organization (approval number: 2016 No. 647).

Communicating Japan Heritage and local appeal Taiji Roadside Station

Information

  • Location:143-1 Moriura, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-29-7690
  • Getting there:Located about 10 min. on foot from JR Taiji Station.
  • Hours:9:00 am to 5:00 pm (food court: coffee and other beverages, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm; food, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm; toilet open 24 hours)
  • Closed:Open year-round

Taiji Roadside Station, which opened in August 2017, is a new facility that is dedicated to providing information about the Kumano Sea whaling culture. It’s a great place to start your journey to Kumano, the stage where this Japan Heritage story unfolds. The Roadside Station’s information area includes an animated video about old-fashioned whaling ships and a video introducing the town of Taiji. Its shop sells fresh fish caught locally that morning, whale meat, dried foods, and produce. You can sample delicacies such as bowls of rice topped with whale meat and tatsuta-style fried whale meat lunches.

The best place for whale cuisine in Taiji Isana-no-yado Hakugei

Information

  • Location:2973-4 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-59-2323
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of the Hakugeimae bus stop.
  • Hours:11:00 am to 2:00 pm (last order at 1:30 pm)
  • Closed:Open year-round.
  • Cost:Set of whale cuisine including deep-fried whale, whale sashimi, harihari-nabe hot pot, and other dishes, ¥2,300

This hotel and hot spring are located on Taiji Bay. Its restaurant, which is open for lunch, offers an extensive menu featuring the kind of whale cuisine you can only find in Taiji. From whale meat served over rice for ¥1,200 to full-course whale cuisine meals for ¥5,400, there’s something for every budget.

The best place to enjoy fresh raw tuna in Katsuura bodai

Information

  • Location:5-1-3 Tsukiji, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C3
  • Phone:0735-52-0039
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of JR Kii-Katsuura Station
  • Hours:11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Closed:Tuesdays

Rice topped with chutoro fatty tuna, served with sour sauce for simple, delicious flavor.

Famous confections from a respected shop as souvenirs Kobaido

Information

  • Location:3-3-4 Ohashidori, Shingu-shi MAP C1
  • Phone:0735-22-3132
  • Getting there:Located about 10 minutes on foot from JR Shingu Station.
  • Hours:8:00 am to 9:00 pm (on Sundays, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm)
  • Closed:Irregularly as scheduled

This Japanese confection shop was founded in 1868. Its flagship Suzuyaki sweets (from ¥325 for a package of 20) are bite-size treats made of sponge cake. People of all ages love the elegant sweetness of Wasanbon sugar.

If you’re looking for Pacific saury sushi… Jofuku Zushi Ekimae Branch

Information

  • Location:2-1-9 Jofuku, Shingu-shi MAP C1
  • Phone:0735-23-1313
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of JR Shingu Station.
  • Hours:10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed:Thursdays
  • Cost:Pacific saury sushi arranged in the shape of the whole fish, ¥650 (available for take-out, too).

Jofuku Zushi is famous for Pacific saury sushi, a local specialty in Kumano. Chefs insist on cutting the fish open from the back so as not to lose the savory flavor of its stomach meat, and the result is served by arranging the cut pieces in the shape of the whole fish along, with the head. The aroma of yuzu citron vinegar is refreshing when you pop a whole piece into your mouth.

Oguraya

Information

  • Location:4-2-4 Tsukiji, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C3
  • Phone:0735-52-0650
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of JR Kii-Katsuura Station.
  • Hours:7:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Closed:OpIrregularly as scheduled

Traditional Kumano whaling ships, from ¥1,296. Painting classes, from ¥1,200.

Enjoy delicious bread in Kujirahama Beach Park. Boulagerie Le Bois

Information

  • Location:2906 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-59-3552
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of the Kujirakan bus stop.
  • Hours:7:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Closed:Wednesdays
  • Cost:Croissants made with Yotsuba butter, ¥183. Shirayukihime, ¥194 (set of three).

This bakery is operated by Hanairodori no Yado Kayu. Its Shirayukihime (meaning “Snow White”) white bread is a soft, chewy bread made with Haruyokoi flour from Hokkaido. Other popular items include Danishes made with seasonal fruit and quiche, and there’s space to eat at the shop.

The local delicacy tetsumen-mochi makes a great snack or souvenir. Kamehachiya

Information

  • Location:3383 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-59-2258
  • Getting there:Located 3 minutes on foot from the Gyokyomae bus stop.
  • Hours:8:00 am until sold out
  • Closed:Fridays and Sundays
  • Cost:Available in white and mugwort varieties, ¥110 each.

Legend holds that a Buddhist monk from Kyoto on a pilgrimage to Kumano taught locals how to make tetsumen-mochi at the end of the Edo period, and the delicacy is still handmade today. Soft dough made from rice flour is filled with homemade sweet bean paste that has a simple sweetness. Don’t be late?sometimes the shop sells out by lunch.

Take a break at a stylish bread cafe Nagi Bakery & Cafe

Information

  • Location:1158 Oshima, Kushimoto-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP A4
  • Phone:0735-65-0065
  • Getting there:Located about 10 minutes by car from JR Kushimoto Station.
  • Hours:9:00 am to 6:00 pm (cafe: 10:00 am to last order at 5:00 pm)
  • Closed:Mondays and Tuesdays (but open on holidays)
  • Cost:Focaccia with vegetables, ¥324. Ginger-flavored Perrier water, ¥496.

This bakery and cafe attracts fans from far and wide in search of bread made meticulously using Japanese flour and its own variety of yeast. The extensive menu includes authentic hard loaves as well as sweet buns and breads made with local fruits and vegetables. Customers also love the shop’s pizza, and there’s a full selection of cafe drinks as well.

If you’re looking for Kumano beef… Yakiniku Hige

Information

  • Location:4-3-19 Kamikura, Shingu-shi MAP C1
  • Phone:0735-21-3488
  • Getting there:Located about 20 minutes on foot from JR Shingu Station.
  • Hours:11:30 am to 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Closed:Tuesdays (but open on holidays)
  • Cost:Kumano beef lunch special, ¥1,500. The restaurant’s secret sauce goes perfectly with the meat.

This yakiniku restaurant serves Kumano beef, a special type of Black Cattle wagyu beef produced in Wakayama Prefecture. Kumano beef is characterized by less fat than other varieties, giving it a slightly sweet flavor that lets you enjoy the meat’s natural, savory taste. The restaurant purchases the entire animal, allowing it to offer reasonable prices as well as delicious innards since the meat is so fresh.

Kashi Shiozaki

Information

  • Location:40-35 Kushimoto, Kushimoto-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP A4
  • Phone:0735-62-5288
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of JR Kushimoto Station.
  • Hours:8:00 am to 6:00 pm (Sundays, to 5:00 pm)
  • Closed:Tuesdays
  • Cost:Tateiwamaki, which is made in the image of Hashigui-iwa Rock, ¥129 apiece.

Sweets made painstakingly by hand by the proprietor of this shop with carefully selected ingredients are popular among locals and tourists alike. Shiozaki’s famous Tateiwamaki delivers a perfect combination of plump, roasted dough and bean jam that melts in your mouth with an elegant sweetness.

Folk Art Studio Hokoan

Information

  • Location:2173-1 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP C4
  • Phone:0735-59-2879
  • Getting there:Located in the immediate vicinity of the Nishihirami bus stop.
  • Hours:9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed:Irregularly as scheduled
  • Cost:Ceramic whale bells in pink, blue, and other colors (foreground), ¥756.

This shop sells handmade folk ceramics with a whale motif, including ceramic lucky whale bells for ¥1,944 and a selection of other cute and unique items such as “whale gas” incense holders. With a reservation, you can also take a class and learn to paint your own (from ¥1,000).

Yamaguchi Kohodo

Information

  • Location:167-2 Nachisan, Nachikatsuura-cho, Higashimuro-gun MAP A1
  • Phone:0735-55-0020
  • Getting there:Located about 5 minutes on foot from the Nachisan bus stop.
  • Hours:8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Closed:Irregularly as scheduled
  • Cost:“Mandala no Michi,” a Wakayama Prefecture-designated traditional craft, from ¥12,960.

This shop specializes in inkstones made of Nachi black stone, one of the Kumano region’s famous products. “Mandala no Michi,” which is hand-carved from a rare type of Nachi black stone so that it has an outstanding amount of luster, allows you to grind ink surprisingly smoothly.

Maffably

Information

  • Location:3-1-29 Midorigaoka, Shingu-shi MAP C1
  • Phone:0735-22-0662
  • Getting there:Located about 15 minutes on foot from JR Shingu Station.
  • Hours:10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Closed:Tuesdays
  • Cost:“Kumano-no-Kaori,” packaged in a wooden box, from ¥2,600.

This shop’s products include originally formulated aroma oils extracted from the trees of Kumano. The popular “Kumano-no-Kaori” series of products is available in four variants, and “Shibahara,” which is typical of the cedar trees found in the region, offers a refreshing citrus fragrance.

*Information in this website is accurate as of November 30, 2016. *Prices were verified as of the time of compilation and include consumption tax. *Travel times are approximate.

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