Spots in Shobara / Miyoshi Area

  • Osa Ski Resort
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunkitahiroshimachou Koujimbara 38-31
    This ski resort is located in Kitahiroshima Town, Yamagata County, Hiroshima Prefecture. It has six slopes that can be used by everyone from beginners to advanced skiers. In addition, it also holds Osa’s famous Penguin Day, where you can see penguins walking. The ski resort is open from December to March every year, and operates as a ground golf course from April.
  • Mt.Takatani Sea of fog Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Miyoshishi Awayamachi
    "This observatory is located on 490-meter-high Mt. Takatani in Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The observatory is famous for its ""sea of fog,"" a phenomenon which can be seen from October through March when weather conditions are right. The observatory also offers a sweeping view of Miyoshi City; the nightscape visible from here is also spectacular. During the sea of fog season, many tourists come here."
  • Onbashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Shoubarashi Toujouchoutaishakumido
    This enormous natural bridge spans Hiroshima Prefecture's Taishaku Gorge. Made of limestone, it's 90 meters long and 18 meters wide. The river gradually cut through the stone leaving it in its current form. It has been declared one of Japan's top 100 bridges, and it is a National Natural Monument. In the past it was used for regular traffic and the passing of horses and carts, but with the advent of modern roads, it fell into disuse. The whole area is part of Hiba-Dogo-Taishaku Quasi-National Park, and hiking trails start from the parking lot.
  • Eimyoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Shoubarashi Toujouchoutaishakumido 2100
    Legend says this temple was founded by the priest Gyoki in 709. The principal object of worship is an image of Taishakuten, who's said to be related to victory and success. This is where the beautifully scenic natural monument of the Taishaku Gorge gets its name. Local farmers and samurai have worshiped there since ancient times, and it is home to temple treasures like a steel gong bequeathed by Nagao Kazukatsu, the lord of Tojo Castle. Currently visitors aren't allowed inside, but you can still view the historic wooden building from the grounds.
  • Keiryu Tyaen
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunakiotachou Matsubara 47
    This fishing moat is located an approximately 30-minute drive from the Togouchi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Rental rods and bait are available, and you can enjoy mountain stream fishing comfortably in the wilderness. You can have the fish and fish cooked in either salt-grilled or deep-fried, and you can taste fresh river fish right away. There are a lot of side menu items such as inaka soba (thick buckwheat noodles), beef curry and miso oden, and there are many customers who use it as a restaurant.
  • Farm Nora
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunkitahiroshimachou Higashiyawatahara 256-1
    This restaurant is located an approximately 20-minute drive from the Togouchi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. In partnership with local farmers, you can enjoy the fresh, rustic taste of the flavor of the ingredients. Their prided stone kiln-baked pizza has an attractively crisp dough and refreshing sauce. There are three kinds of normal pizza, and the cheese pizza is great with wine. In addition, there is an unleashed dog park on the premises, and they offer menu items for meetups with pets. It is closed during the winter.
  • Nagomian
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hiroshima Miyoshi-shi Minami-hatajikimachi 470-5
  • Toyohira Donguri Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Pref. Yamagatagunkitahiroshimachou Azaka 4827-1
    A tourism farm located in Yamagata District, Hiroshima Prefecture a 20 minute drive from the Hiroshima-Kita Interchange. Here visitors can enjoy picking seven different varieties of strawberries from mid-December to the end of June, including Aka Hoppe, Moikko, and Okimi Kaorino. The farm grows its strawberries using raised planters, ensuring that even those using strollers and wheelchairs can enjoy strawberry picking with ease. The farm also offers blueberry and tomato picking in July, and grape picking from mid-August. The farm offers 40-minute all-you-can-eat picking sessions for each fruit; strawberry picking comes with free servings of sweet condensed milk to put on your strawberries. In addition to all-you-can-eat picking, the farm also sells fruit by weight and visitors can have a fun-filled, relaxing time here.
  • Taishu Engeki Sera Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hiroshima Pref. Seragunserachou Kouzan 134
    "This ""super sento"" bathhouse is where you can enjoy popular theater. On the first floor of the two-story building, there is a large public bath, medicinal bath, event bath that changes depending on the season and outdoor bath. In addition, there is an authentic theater where you can watch popular theater performances of mainly historical dramas. There are restaurants where you can enjoy various dishes such as set meals, sushi and noodles including pasta, ramen, udon and soba. It can also be used just for bathing. You can also immerse yourself in the finest entertainment throughout the day because you can also rent bath towels and clothes to wear inside the facilities."
  • Chodo Fruits Road My Neighbor Totoro Sanpo
    Travel / Tourism
    Sera-cho, Sera-gun, Hiroshima-ken
    A “musical road” built in Sera Town, Sera County, Hiroshima Prefecture, a town dotted with numerous tourist-oriented farms. A 660 meter section of the northbound Chodo Yasuda Kamo Line (aka, the “Fruits Road”), bumps in the road will cause the tires of a vehicle to vibrate in such a way as to play the song “Sanpo” from the hit movie “My Neighbor Totoro” when driven over at 60 kilometers per hour. Designed to prevent speeding and promote traffic safety in a heavy tourism area, the road itself has become a tourism destination to enjoy while driving.
  • Taishakukyo Gorge Pleasure Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Jinsekigunjinsekikougenchou Nagano 5034-7
    This pleasure boat affords tourists great views of the natural beauty of the Taishakukyo Gorge scenic spot which typifies the Hiba-Dogo-Taishaku Quasi-National Park. The journey takes about 40 minutes around the 24 kilometer circumference artificial lake, known as Shinryu Lake, centered inside the gorge. Along the boat trip are many things to see such as the 40 meter high natural bridge, Onbashi Bridge, and the red bridge, Momiji Bridge. The changing view of all the trees dotted between the limestone rock walls from season to season is wonderful, with most tourists coming to visit during the autumn when the colorful leaves are at their best. The boat pier is about 10 minutes by car from Tojo Station, or get off at the Shinryu-ko bus stop.
  • Kimita Sunflower Field
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Pref. Miyoshishi Kimitachoufujikane Other
    There are about 1,000,000 sunflowers planted in the town in unused rice paddies. The sight of the vivid yellow scenery going on forever will take your breath away. Many sightseers visit each year.
  • Gelato Donna
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hiroshima Pref. Seragunserachou Aodika 56-3
    Sherbet made from freshly squeezed milk is available for purchase at Gelato Donna, where you can gain a deeper experience through seeing and feeling, in addition to simply eating sherbet. You can touch the cows, horses and chickens here, and even try making sherbet, butter, and fresh cheese—making it a popular place for bringing the family. Also, you can bring your own omusubi (rice balls) and drinks and have a barbeque.
  • Enshoji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Takanocho Shinichi 873
  • Mt. Hiba
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Saijocho
  • Mt. Dogo
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Tottori Hino-gun
  • Dangyokei Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Higashishirocho
  • Mt. Ashitakeyama (Japanese Pyramid)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Shobara-shi Honmuracho
  • Miyoshi Doll Pottery
    Travel / Tourism
    Hiroshima Miyoshi-shi Tokaichi Minami 4-12-7
    This pottery doll studio is the only one of its kind in the prefecture. Located a five-minute drive from the Miyoshi Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway, the studio continues to create Miyoshi dolls, a traditional pottery doll characterized by cute and simple yet beautiful forms. Also notable for their distinctive luster, the history of Miyoshi dolls is said to extend back to around 1633 when the third lord of the domain, Asano Nagaharu, brought back a doll maker from Asakusa in Edo and gifted dolls to retainers when they had children. Because of their beautiful luster, they are also known as “Hikari” (“Light”) dolls. The dolls are an essential part of seasonal festivities in the area but the work of painting them is only conducted during the coldest part of the year, meaning visitors who come here in the winter up to early April can watch the painting being performed.
  • Miyoshi Fudoki no Oka Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hiroshima Miyoshi-shi Kodakomachi 122
    This prefectural park’s expansive grounds are around 30 hectares. Facilities include the Miyoshi Fudoki-no-oka History and Folklore Museum, the Jorakuji and Nanatsuzuka Kofun Group, and the National Cultural Property-designated Old Residence of the Shinno Family. The Miyoshi Fudoki-no-oka History and Folklore Museum was opened in 1979 and displays archeological artefacts found in the prefecture, and here visitors can learn about how prehistoric and ancient peoples lived in Hiroshima through pottery, stone tools, and terrain and burial mound models. There’s also a natural wildflower garden and wild bird forest on the grounds, and the park is a popular destination both for educational purposes and rest and relaxation.

Hiroshima Areas

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There is more than meets the eye awaiting any Hiroshima-bound traveler. Kicking off in Hiroshima city, the Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and Shukkeien Garden offer a couple of days of exploring; however, the real beauty lies along the southern coast of the prefecture. There, a series of islands spreads across the Seto Inland Sea: from the mysterious sea-submerged Great Torii Gate at Miyajima Island to the first half of the islands that connect Honshu to Shikoku via six spectacular suspension bridges.

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