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Cormorant Fishing in the Aridagawa River

有田川の鵜飼
Fishing with cormorants is held from June to September every year, and this tradition is said to have spread to the Aridagawa River from the Kisogawa River in Gifu during the early Muromachi period. The fishing method employed is known as kachigyoho (or “walking fishing”), with the cormorant fisher entering the river with a torch and a trained cormorant bird. The bird then catches the sweetfish for the fisherman. This fishing method was developed uniquely in the Aridagawa River, and is known as the birthplace of this technique in Japan.

Kumano Kodo

熊野古道
Over the ages, this ancient path has been used by many people visiting the 3 main Kumano shrines (Hongu, Shingu, and Nachi).This Kumano pilgrimage became increasingly popular during the later part of the Heian period, and was known as the ari no kumano-mode (or “ant’s pilgrimage to Kumano”) during the Muromachi period as a surge of people from all over Japan came to Kumano. Many historical sites related to the Ancient Kumano Road still exist in various places in Arida.

Shirasaki Coast

白崎海岸
The entire cape of the limestone-covered Shirasaki Coast is designated as the Shirasaki Ocean Park. The contrast between the white rock and the clear, blue ocean is gorgeous and resembles the Mediterranean Sea. You can look out over the ocean from the observation point while enjoying the pleasant sea breeze. You can also swim or gather shellfish along the coast. Within the park itself, there are diving facilities available, and you can see soft coral and tropical fish in the nearby ocean. It’s also popular as a diving spot. “Tatego” is a breeding ground for cormorants and they come to lay their eggs among the rocks here around the beginning of July. An amazing number of birds come here each year to lay their eggs.

Choho-ji Temple

長保寺
It is said that Choho-ji Temple, the family temple of the Kishu Tokugawa family (a temple related to Tokugawa Yoshimune), was built by priest Shoku in the year 1000 AD upon receiving an order from Emperor Ichijo. Later, in 1666, it was certified as the family temple by Tokugawa Yorinobu, the first daimyo of the Kishu Tokugawa family.
Directions: approx. 2 km from JR Shimotsu Station
or 20 min by car from the inn.  ▼Phone: 0734-92-3750

Ito Inari Shrine

糸我稲荷神社
This shrine is older than Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and stone tablets still remain where Emperor Shirakawa’s chariot was placed when visiting.
Directions: 5 min by bus from JR Kii-Miyahara Station
or 5 min by car from the inn.  ▼Phone: 0737-88-5228

Wakayama Marina City

和歌山マリーナシティ
This ocean theme park is full of fun things to do, including Porto Europa with exotic things and attractions, the Kuroshio Market where you can find fresh seafood from the sea, a real yacht club, and more.
Fully enjoyable, offshore theme park.

Directions: approx. 10 min by bus from JR Kainan Station
or 30-40 min by car from the inn.