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.