Tsuyama Castle (Kakuzan Park)
Hirayama Castle was built by the first Tsuyama feudal lord, Tadamasa Mori, over 12 years.
Currently, it has been maintained as a historical park, Tsuyama Park, and has a stone wall as it was at that time and a restored Bichu turret.
The "Sakura Festival" is held every year from late March to mid-April, and the cherry blossoms planted in the park are a spectacular view.
- Tsuyama Castle ☎0868-22-4572
- 135 Sange, Tsuyama City
- 8:40~19:00 (Oct.~Mar.: ~17:00) (During Sakura Festival: 7:30~22:00)
- Dec. 29~31
- Adults: 310 Yen / Children (Junior High School & Below): Free
This giant cherry tree was chosen as one of the New Top 100 Trees in
Japan. It is said that the tree was named Daigozakura (Daigo’s Cherry
Tree) after Emperor Go-Daigo spoke very highly of its beauty during his
exile in Oki Province. Standing alone atop a hill, the tree is best viewed
when in full bloom in early/mid-April. The Daigozakura Festival is held
every year from the tree’s first bloom.
- Maniwa City Ochiai Branch Office ☎0867-52-1111
Kaika Telephone Information Service ☎0867-52-1503
- Bessho, Maniwa City
Located at the peak of Mt. Miyasumi at a height of 270m, Miyasumi Park is
the best place to get an unobstructed view of the beautiful scenery of
Asahigawa Dam Lake surrounded by forest. Here, you can enjoy both the
cherry blossoms within the park grounds at the mountain peak and the
expanse of cherry trees around the dam lake below. After the cherry
blossom season ends, the entire mountain is dyed an even deeper shade of
pink with the blossoming of some 10,000 azaleas.
Rice Terraces of Ohaganishi
The Town of Misaki (Kume District) in north-central Okayama Prefecture,
there sits among the mountains at an altitude of 400m an expansive valley
that is filled throughout with terraced rice paddies—some 850 in
all—stretching in every direction along the slope of the valley. The scenery
carved out of the mountains by the unique lines of the rice paddies’ ridge
pattern is simply breathtaking. Selected as one of the Top 100 Rice Terraces
in Japan, these terraced rice paddies are renowned for how their beauty
continually transforms with the passing of each season. During the period
between the rice-planting season in early summer and the fall harvest, the
rice terraces present a spectacular scene sculpted by the collaborative
work of man and Mother Nature. During the fall, the rice terraces present
another gorgeous view when they are engulfed in the occasional sea of
Shinjo Village was once a post-station town on the Izumo Kaido Highway.
To celebrate Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War, over 100 cherry
trees were planted in a row along a 400m stretch of the ancient highway.
The waterway masonry that flows beneath the cherry trees was selected as
one of the Top 100 Soundscapes in Japan. The “Gaisenzakura Festival” is
held each year on the third Sunday of April.
A park where about 2000 plum trees such as red plum, Ujuku, and Koshu Koume are planted.
You can enjoy red and white plum blossoms on the promenade leading to the summit.
In May, as the terraced rice paddies are filled with water in preparation for planting, those awaiting the transplantation of seedlings transform into mirrors reflecting the sky above.
The otherworldly ambiance of the terraces in the morning, at dusk, in the light of the moon and throughout the day are worth viewing at least once in a lifetime.
At the same time, the rustic mountain air, filled with negative ions, refreshes the body and spirit.
In the fall, the red spider lilies come into bloom along the levees between rice paddies, transforming the scenery of the terraces once again.
Tom Sawyer Adventure Village
This is a spot where you can have a great time in the great outdoors.
Activities for you to enjoy include sports on the park’s extensive
playground equipment and fishing (with a pole or by hand) in a mountain
stream. The park also features cottages, campgrounds and tennis courts.
Makiba-no-Yakata (Ranch House)
This sprawling ranch includes an herb garden, a petting zoo, athletic
grounds and much more. There is also a processing plant for livestock
products, which are also on offer at the on-site shop and restaurant.
- Makiba-no-Yakata Administrative Office
- 2272 Kita, Misaki Town
- Restaurant Closed on Monday (If Monday is a holliday, it will be closed the following day)
- Free Entry
Green Hills Tsuyama Glass House
This enormous park includes athletic grounds, flower gardens and more.
The Glass House itself is a glass-enclosed indoor water park featuring
heated swimming pools and replete with water slides, a relaxation pool and
a fitness pool.
- Green Hills Tsuyama Glass House
- 512 Oda, Tsuyama City
- 10:00~21:00 (Sundays & Holidays:~20:00)
- Tuesday (the next day if it is a national holiday) December 30th to January 3rd
- Adults: 1,500 Yen, Etc.
This is a spot where you can experience authentic rural living, completely
surrounded by forest, while trying you hand at making soba, pottery or
woodcrafts A wide range of accommodation options are available, including
traditional thatched-roof houses, bungalows and log cabins.
Nishiawakura Forest School
Here you can practice hands-on woodworking and participate in seasonal
forest tours. There is also a café featuring furniture made from local
Nishiawakura white cypress wood and BAITEN, a shop that sells
Mt. Nagi Yama-no-Eki (Mountain Station)
Located at the foot of Mt. Nagi, the Yama-no-Eki (Mountain Station features classrooms where you can practice hands-on arts and crafts, as
well as souvenir shops selling local specialties, restaurants and cottages.
There is also a wild flower park filled with lovely flowers that are sure to
warm your heart from season to season.
Tokikiri Inari Shrine
～A Shrine That Unstops Frozen Time～（popular name:Tokkiri-sama）
“Please let me find ○○○ by this date: ○○○.“
It is said that, if you make such a prayer at Tokikiri Inari Shrine while specifying a certain date, as though by magic,
you will surely find what you are looking for by that date.
For example, imagine that time has stopped for you because of a broken heart, a love that you simply cannot forget.
If you are looking for a chance to get back on your feet and start anew, then Tokikiri Inari Shrine is just the place for you.
If the love that you have lost does not return by the appointed date, then you can consider that day to be the first day of a new beginning.
Regardless of whether or not you actually find what you are looking for,
the idea is to visit the shrine with a positive attitude so that you can live for tomorrow rather than yesterday.
The shrine is unstaffed, except on three days per year (the second Sunday in March,
the fourth Sunday in July and the third Sunday in November), when you can purchase a talisman at this shrine.
In the Edo Period (1603-1868), a woman known as Yaoya Oshichi is said to have been burned at the stake after committing arson in a scheme to meet her beloved.
Her mortuary tablet and kimono are still stored at Tanjo-ji Temple to this day.
Tanjo-ji Temple is also home to a statue of the Boddhisatva Kannon (the Goddess of Compassion),
which was dedicated to poor Oshichi in the hope that “all who come here with urgent troubles, suffering or desires may have their wishes fulfilled,
so that there will never again be such a sad case as that of Oshichi.
“It is said that anyone who visits the shrine to pray to this “Oshichi Kannon“ seven times will surely see their wish come true.
- Tanjo-ji Temple
- 808 Satogata, Kumenan Town
Mimasaka-no-Kuni Tourism Federation
- 〒708-8501 663 yamakita, Tsuyama City, Okayama Prefecture
- TEL:0868-32-2082 FAX:0868-32-2147
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