10 Things to Do in Tanabe That You Shouldn't Miss

December 8, 2017 Emerita Lamoureux

Discover the best top things to do in Tanabe, Japan including Adventure World, Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes (World Heritage), Kumano Hongu Taisha, Shirahama Beach, Kumano Hongu Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara, Engetsuto, Kawayu Onsen, Senjojiki, Sandambeki Rock Cliff, TANABE Tourist Information Center.
Restaurants in Tanabe

1. Adventure World

2399 Katata, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun 649-2201, Wakayama Prefecture +81 739-43-3333
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Adventure World

Reviewed By HaljoHal - San Francisco, California, USA

This attraction costing approximately 4000 yen per day is worth the price of admission. The Penguin exhibition is the largest I have ever seen and the safari includes getting up close to giraffes hippos, lions, tigers and bears and if you want to pay extra you can even drive your own safari vehicle.
The water show with seals and otters was funny and entertaining and then there's the rides too. Most fascinating is their panda exhibition which if you haven't seen pandas up close, they are fun to watch. And finally, congrats on your new baby panda born just a few weeks ago.
We spent 4 hours @ Adventure World in the rain (most walking paths are covered for rain or sun protection) and even at the entertainment fee of approximately $10US an hour, per person, it was worth it.

2. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes (World Heritage)

Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture +81 739-26-9025
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes (World Heritage)

Reviewed By Perry H - Chicago, Illinois

We started from Takahiri oji for a 3 day hike toward Hongu Taisha. Weather was perfect and sunny. We overnight in Takahara and Zakura at an excellent house (Tenkunosatoyama) and Minshuku (zakura next to a spring) with excellent food prepared by a chef. The tap water was sweet and excellent quality.

3. Kumano Hongu Taisha

Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture +81 735-42-0009
Excellent
50%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Kumano Hongu Taisha

Reviewed By Voodew - Victoria, Canada

Football fans might recognize the crow crest in this shrine from a certain team. It's an interesting shrine in a remote location which may not be worth it for someone casually interested, but if you're in the area or like seeing these sorts of things, you won't be disappointed. There isn't anything of note in the area, so bringing your own food is something to consider.

4. Shirahama Beach

Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun 649-2211, Wakayama Prefecture +81 90-3491-6249
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 552 reviews

Shirahama Beach

Reviewed By DYA717 - Honolulu

Shirahama beach is a sister beach of Waikiki beach of Honolulu Hawaii. A beautiful white sand beach. It has a nice Promenade in some sort of green stone from the right of the beach near a shrine to the left near the Tsukumoto Ashiyu. It is right in “town” so there are a lot of activities around that area. Senjojiki sandstones and Sandambeki cliff are easy walks from the beach area.

5. Kumano Hongu Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara

Hongucho Hongu, Tanabe 647-1731, Wakayama Prefecture +81 735-42-0735
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Kumano Hongu Taisha Kyushachi Oyunohara

Reviewed By Michael C - Singapore, Singapore

We chose to drive instead of walk since we had a rental car drove around the coastal area. This is one of the 3 Temples to visit in this region.
Beautiful temple which Soccer fanatics should visit since this is also the logo of the Japanese national Soccer team - Blue Samurais ( 3 legged bird). There are several Soccer offerings to the temple to ensure divine Soccer win.
Some steep steps to walk to reach to the Top temple entrance from car park. There are restaurants and shops near the car park. Car park is free.

Rinkai, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun 649-2211, Wakayama Prefecture
Excellent
31%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 388 reviews

Engetsuto

Reviewed By Forrest03 - Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong

It really needs luck to visit this place. I visited there for 2 days and the first day was blocked by cloud and second day was better, but still blocked by cloud. Even the sun is not really in the middle of the hole, but the view is fantastic.

7. Kawayu Onsen

Hongucho, Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture
Excellent
51%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Kawayu Onsen

Reviewed By Guntsdad - Tokyo, Japan

This hot Springs is different from most because it is in a cold river. You sit in an area where hot water comes from Springs under the ground. We wore swimsuits (this is not usually the case in Japan), but noticed some local residents not using them, so I assume it is okay to go in with or without a swimsuit.
The view is nice, but it is more about the experience of sitting in a river with hot water coming up and being in the Mountains that makes this place special.

Shirahama-cho, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun 649-2211, Wakayama Prefecture +81 739-43-5511
Excellent
23%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 446 reviews

Senjojiki

Reviewed By hfulghum - Shoreline

I know this is a listed Cultural Asset of Japan, but it is also just an interesting rock formation, and it an be found in several spots along the coast near Shirahama.
The formations are pretty cool, tough to be honest if it weren't for the sign drawing my attention to them, I'd likely have walked right on by.
Not a bad thing to see if you happen to be walking the beach path, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see them.

9. Sandambeki Rock Cliff

Sandan, Shirahama-cho, Nishimuro-gun 649-2211, Wakayama Prefecture +81 739-42-4495
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 415 reviews

Sandambeki Rock Cliff

Reviewed By DYA717 - Honolulu

Very beautiful high oceanside cliffs. A 1300-yen elevator ride takes you down ocean level into a system of caves and tunnel where you can see/hear in rushing waves. Samurai naval warrios used that as a hiding place back in the samurai warring era. It was a 2.5-hour casual walk from the Shirahama Seaside Onsen Hotel to this point. One can catch the bus but walking is faster from going from one scenic spot to the next one.

10. TANABE Tourist Information Center

1-20 Minato, Tanabe 646-0031, Wakayama Prefecture +81 739-34-5599
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

TANABE Tourist Information Center

Reviewed By Slmenendez

This office made all the arrangements easy for us. It should be the starting point for any vacation in this region

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