Seisuke and I took a road trip with our friends to Wakayama prefecture. Wakayama is east of Osaka and about 2.5 hours away. We have two friends who live there so they showed us around their hometown for the weekend. We enjoyed great weather, great company, and lots of great food!
The first day Seisuke drove five of us to Wakayama and we met our friend for lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We had delicious fresh sashimi and I tried “yokowa,” baby maguro, for the first time. After lunch we drove to Shirahama, which is probably the most famous area in Wakayama. We walked around the beach and went to Senjojiki, which is an area full of rock formations on the beach. It was pretty cool! We tried different types of frozen yogurt, including citrus and seaweed! The server said the seaweed one tastes a little salty, but it tasted sweet and we liked it better than the citrus one! After sightseeing, we drove to the supermarket to pick up some food for dinner. Our friend’s husband finished work and we all drove together to a hotel near Hongucho shrine. The hotel had a hot springs overlooking a river. It was so beautiful and relaxing—and a great spot for stargazing!
The next day we woke up early to go to the hot springs again and then went to Hongucho shrine. It was high up in a forest, which made for a beautiful setting. After that we did souvenir shopping and had lunch at a quaint little Italian restaurant by the beach before heading back to Osaka. We had a fun weekend with friends and are hoping to plan another group trip somewhere soon.