When you visit the famous Kumano Grand Shrines, the UNESCO World Heritage sacred sites and pilgrimage routes, don’t miss out the chance to taste the Kumano beef which is one of the famous high quality beef in Japan.
Kumano beef is a high quality beef descended from Tajima Beef, a type of Japanese Black. Tajima beef cattles are raised in Hyogo Prefecture in West Japan. Back in the old days, all nobles and kings visiting the grand shrines came from Kyoto. They went on foot and took a long time, bringing all the food supply along the pilgrimage route. The rich natural resources and climate of Kumano create a favorable environment for raising healthy beef cattle, resulting in delicious beef. Kumano beef restaurants are mostly grilled restaurants. There are quite a lot of choices around Shingu JR Station which is near the Kumano Hayatama Taisha Grand Shrine.