Neighboring sightseeing spots
We have compiled a list of our recommended sightseeing spots.
Please feel free to take a look!
You can enjoy experiences such as an SUP cruise, fishing, pre-prepped BBQ, and camping (limited to one group a day)
2The sea kayaking Suhara,
At River Adventure Club, we have taught over 70,000 people in our canoe (kayak) school, and even children of elementary school age who are going canoeing (kayaking) for the first time can safely experience this fun pastime. It is a great idea for family fun time. You’ve got to try it at least once!
The islands of Japan are the westernmost islands of the Pacific Rim Kuroshio current cultural sphere. The biggest peninsula in this region is the Kii Peninsula. Enjoy the most beautiful ocean in Kansai at the Kii Peninsula on the Wakayama/Yuasa Bay Sea Kayak Tour, open all year. Experience the feel of the Kuroshio Current that circles the Pacific, opening your heart and senses to trip over the unknown ocean riding this island stream!!
Soy sauce brewing is said to have been born out of the process used to make Kinzanji miso, which originated in the Kamakura era. The town of Yuasa in Wakayama is well-known as the birthplace of shoyu, or soy sauce, and is rich in history, a town where the somehow nostalgic streetscape merges with the blue ocean and mountains that surround it. In 2006, Yuasa was designated by the Japanese government as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
5Kadocho Shoyu Museum
We are open to the public operating as a museum that makes Yuasa shoyu.
6Yuasa Shoyu Co., Ltd.
At the birthplace of shoyu, you can tour the brewery・experience brewing・and make your own shoyu. We also recommend that you try our shoyu soft serve ice cream.
7Mikan picking experience
Arida Forest Farm
Business hours: From 9:00am to sunset
8Grape picking experience
Arida Komine Village・Morizono
Business hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm
At Yuasa winery you can attend a seminar, and taste wine in our tasting room.
10Wasiga peak cosmos park
At the top of 586-meter Mt. Washigamine bloom a profusion of over 1 million cosmos flowers. A scenic spot where on clear days you can see all the way to Awaji Island and Shikoku. ? Kaze no Yakata: Please check on the Aridagawa town website for scheduled open days.
244-2, Nagatani, Aridagawa-cho, Arida-gun, Wakayama
Hanwa motorway Arita IC get off, and north of the city roads under Hanwa motorway overpass, Aridagawa (Tadono Bridge) over the left 300m away turn right. In about 15km car about 30 minutes from IC (large vehicles impassable. Until microbus)
The symbol of Shimizu, selected as one of Japan’s Hundred Best Terraced Rice Fields. The 54 rice paddies built in the early Edo period are still cultivated by neighboring farming households. The beautiful landscape that changes with the four seasons is remarkable.
Shimizu, Aridagawa-cho, Arida-gun, Wakayama
Hanwa motorway Arita prefectural road No. 22 ? R480 via from IC, about 50 minutes by car 33km to Shimizu direction.
870 meters above sea level, the Oishi Kogen plateau features panoramic views and flowering plants in every season. It is especially famous for the susuki silver grass that flowers in the fall. A world of silver spreads out before you. Many people visit from all areas of Kansai for hiking and other pursuits.
Oishi, Aridagawa-cho, Arida-gun, Wakayama
Hanwa motorway Arita IC get off, and through the No. 22, National Highway 480 No. prefectural road, about 50 minutes by car.
13Hall of the fire of the Inamura
Goryo Hamaguchi who became known for the Inamura no Hi (The Fire of Rice Sheaves) incident, was born in 1820 in the Hiromura village in Ki Province (today’s Hirogawa-cho). His achievement of saving many villagers during the Great Ansei earthquake & tsunami iby setting “fires of life” using rice sheaves to light the way continues to be talked about widely as a symbol of tsunami disaster prevention still relevant today. The Inamura no Hi no Yakata museum consisting of the Goryo Hamaguchi Archives and the Tsunami Educational Center was established in April 2007 in order to learn from and hand down the achievements and spirit of Goryo.
671, Hiro, Hirogawa-cho, Arida-gun, Wakayama
Yuasa Gobo road Hirokawa IC get off, about a 10-minute drive north-west.
14Southern Plum Garden
This southern plum garden is well known throughout Japan as “Ichimoku Million, Fragrance Juri”–stretching along the Nanbu river and spreading across the gentle mountain slopes as far as the eye can see. Tourists come every year just to see the soft white petals paint the mountain, and listen to the beautiful songs of Japanese white-eye and bush warbler. The best time to view the plum flowers is around mid-February.
15Minabe Ume Promotion Center
In addition to learning about the history and characteristics of plum blossoms, you can learn about the history and cultural assets of the town. (free admission)
During the tour of our umeboshi factory, you will also have the opportunity to experience making umeboshi. For your maximum entertainment, our facilities utilize a 3D video theater with stereoscopic images to show the charm of umeboshi. Inside, there is a shop that holds a wide selection of umeboshi, ume-related foods, and interior goods with ume motifs!
17Senri Beach (Senri Coast)
Connecting the Kumano Kodo and Kumano capital with a length of about 1.3km, Senri beach has been the only white sand and plue pine beach since ancient times. Near the coast, the Senri plum garden spreads out near the coast, creating beautiful contrasts between the white plum petals and the blue sea in the spring.
The Nishihiro Coast features wide and shallow sandy beaches so you will feel safe swimming even with young children. Shower, toilet and locker facilities are close by.
“Until the first year of Meiji, this shrine’s current grounds were considered a place of worship by the former main office located in Kashima’s southern bay. After the imperial visit of the ex-emperor (707) of the Kii province, in the 13 poem compositions of the Emperor Daijo (707), Emperor Monmu, and Empress Jito, it was later made clear that it would be enshrined as Kashima Daimyojin.”
（Quote:Wakayama Prefectural Shrine Office Kashima Shrine -Kashima Jinja-)
“While the it is not known when the deity was moved, it is said that the transference began when Emperor Ichijo’s third son Kanebobu Yoshuda”
（Quote:Wakayama Prefectural Shrine Office Suga Shrine-Suga Jinja-)
“Next to Wakayama Minabe Hotel & Resorts is a lawn park facing Komezu beach. Graced with a refreshing sea breeze lies the lawn beautifully adorned with cherry blossom and black pine trees, engulfed in green. Due to its generous amounts of playing space, it is also popular with children.”
（Quote:Wakayama Minabe Tourism Association)
22Binchotan Promotion Center
“Kishu Binchotan’s history dates back from the Heian period, its rich history making Minabe town one of the top producers of Kishu Binchotan in Japan. At Binchotan promotion center, you can learn about its history, culture, and manufacturing technology. Various other experiences are also available to those who may be interested.”
（Quote:Wakayama Minabe Tourism Association)
”When the 20,000 plum trees in the 30ha plum garden bloom, it looks as if the whole orchard is covered in a white carpet. During this period, as there are various events, it is always filled with tourists.”
（Quote:Outing Guide: JR Outing Net)
Inoyama Cherry Blossoms
Wakayama highway map
(federation of sightseeing in nonprofit foundation Wakayama society)
The Kiji branch of the Kumano Kodo as the main road of the Kii Peninsula that linked Kyoto/Osaka with Kumano is abundantly scenic and rich in history and cultural treasures. It is the road that the emperor took in ancient times when travelling to Kinan, and to walk here is to trace the path of the history of Wakayama Prefecture as well as visit the traces of the ancient Kumano faith. In the Arida district, crossing the Aridagawa River from the Kabusaka pass that enters Arida city from Kainan city direction, go over the Itoga pass to stroll through the old streetscape of Yuasa town, then in Hirogawa town, you can cross the Hirogawa River and go over the Shishigase pass following the path all the way to Hidaka-cho in Hidaka district.
Wakayama tekuteku trip
(federation of sightseeing in nonprofit foundation Wakayama)
Guides to Yuasa town, the fragrant birthplace of shoyu, can be seen via video or using recommended route maps. These include detailed information about sights along the way.
(Yuasa-cho tourist association)
The town which lives for a fragrance of the brewing
(Yuasa-cho Preservation District for Yuasa Group of Traditional Buildings)
Town where master craftsmen and traditional culture live on, speaking through eternity to today’s world
Sightseeing in Aridagawa-cho map
(Aridagawa-cho tourist association)
A useful sightseeing map that lists festivals, events, recommended tourism spots, and more.