Eat and Shopping
Enjoy local food in Hongu and bring your memories back with nice souveniors.
Mehari-zushi is a riceball wrapped with a leaf of pickles. In Kumano area, people also put pickles inside of Mehari-zushi. The word "Mehari" means "to open one's eyes wide." It is so big that people open their mouth and eyes wide.
Ayu(Sweetfish caught in natural stream)
Grown in a limpid water of Kumanogawa-River. It's only caught in a mountain stream.
Kumano beef is descended from Tajima beef, one of the most popular beef in Japan. Rich nature and warmness of Kumano makes Kumano Beef more delicious, which is said to be the highest level of its taste.
Onsen gayu (hot spring rice gruel) is one of Kumano specialities. Cha-gayu is a rice gruel cooked with Japanese roasted tea, tasting mild.
Another is Yu-dofu (boiled soybean curd) and in Kumano soybean curs boiled with hot spring is attractive. It's like a melt-in-your-mouth softness which makes us unforgettable.
About 50 years ago, people started growing tea at Ippon-matsu district in Hongu, and now it's grown in Fushiogami district. Tea leaves picked first time in June is called "Otonashi-cha" tea. This name is derived from Otonashigawa-River flown in Fushiogami district.
In ancient times, the Japanese old family ”Heike（平家）” was defeated in battle by the opponent family ”Genji（源氏）”. Members of Heike escaped to Kumano region and started making a conical headpiece with cypress to make their livings. These headpieces were used irrespective of rank or social status, so they are called "Kisen-gasa". ("Kisen" means "high and low")
Kisen-gasa is also called "Minachi-gasa皆地傘" because it's made in Minachi district of Hongu. Now there is only one craftman of Minachi-gasa, and you can purchase Minachi-gasa at Michi-no Eki Oku Kumano Kodo Hongu.
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