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  • Ozu Castle
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    4.0
    109 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 903
    This is a castle which is said to have been constructed at the end of the Kamakura period by Utsunomiya Toyofusa who entered the domain as a protector. Thereafter, the castle was restored by the castle fortification expert, Todo Takatora, and the castle town was prosperous as the center of politics and economy of the Iyo Ozu feudal clan. Due to deterioration, the castle keep was demolished in 1888, but thereafter it was restored in 2004. It is a wooden keep reconstruction which was faithfully reproduced based on historical facts. Four turrets such as the kitchen turret and the southern corner turret have been designated as an Important Cultural Properties of Japan.

    Arriving at JR Iyo-Ozu Station after spending some 6-hrs walking around nearby Uchiko, I was weary, behind schedule and it had now started a persistent drizzle. Not facing a 30-minute walk given the...

  • Garyu Sanso (Mountain Villa)
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 411-2
    This is a mountain villa of 9,930 square meters which commands a view of the picturesque landscape around the Hiji River, the “Garyu depths”, the villa was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan in 2016. This is the villa which the wealthy merchant, Kouchi Torajiro constructed during the Meiji period to spend his final years; the Sukiya-zukuri style (Japanese traditional architectural style) of the building and the traditional Japanese landscape garden are wonderful. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery at your ease with green tea at “Furoan”. This site gained one star from “Michelin Green Guide Japan” in 2011, attracting attention.

    Loved the quietness and history of this old Japanese home and garden. Lovely walk around the house and garden. Staff were very helpful with imparting their knowledge and keen to answer questions.

  • Oozu Akarengakan (Red Brick Building)
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 60
    The building was constructed as the main branch of the Oozu Commercial Bank in 1901, and is a blend of Japanese and Western-style architecture, featuring British bricks and a tiled roof. The building is now used to sell local crafts and special products, and there is a place for tourists to take a break on the second floor.

    散策ついでに立ち寄りました。周りの景色のなかで、赤煉瓦が映えていました。お土産なども購入できるようになっていたので、ついでに立ち寄るのもおすすめです。

  • Ozu Machi no Eki Asamoya
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 649-1
    Situated along National Route 441 near Ohanahan Street in Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture, this tourism facility was established to serve as a base for visiting tourists. The facility has a shop corner where you can buy popular local specialty products, an Ozu tourist information desk which sells tickets for Garyu Sanso Villa and Ozu Castle and takes tickets for cormorant fishing, and the second location of robatayaki grill restaurant Aburaya. Visitors can also hire a guide to accompany them and receive information on the local historic townscape and Garyu Sanso Villa not available in informational pamphlets.

    伊予大洲駅からバスに乗り、こちらで降りました。 駐車場も広く、車で観光に来た方はこちらに車を停めて行かれるといいと思います。 観光案内所もあり、マップも置かれていました。

  • Kinzan Shussekiji Temple
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Toyoshige-otsu 1
    This ancient temple was founded in 718 A.D. and is No. 7 of the 20 Shikoku Bekkaku temples on pilgrimage rote; together with the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, these two pilgrimages make up the pilgrimage which help pilgrims get rid of 108 kleshas (In Buddhism, people are said to have 108 earthly desires). Located atop Mt. Izushi in Setonaikai National Park, the temple name is affixed to the mountain name, leading to it being called the Kinzan Shussekiji Temple. On clear days you can look out from the main hall past Cape Sada, as far as Oita Prefecture, and even see Mt. Ishizuchi and the Shikoku Mountains. During the early morning in the fall and winter, there are days when you can watch the sun ascend from a sea of clouds.

    ここは1300年の縁起を有する別格霊場第7番札所です。珍しく事後に大師が巡錫したと云う部分以外は空海の「色」が薄い寺院です。その意味では異色で良い寺院です。本堂も独特の様式で変わった、印象深い建物です。道教法師が開かれた真言宗御室派の千手観音を本尊とする歴史ある遍路寺でした。寺の格としてはたった半世紀そこそこの歴史しかない別格霊場に組み込まれているのは気の毒とさえ感じた。

  • Toyogahashi Eitokuji Temple (Bekkaku Reijo)
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Higashiozu 1808
    "The eighth temple of 'Shikoku Bekkaku 20 temples Pilgrimage. The temple is said to have first opened sometime between 1381 and 1384 and the principal object of worship is the Thousand Hand Kannon. The name ""Toyogahashi"" comes from a poem composed by Kobo-Daishi when, on his travels, he would be hungry and without a place to stay and he said that one night felt as long as ten. The custom of pilgrims not tapping the bridge with their canes while crossing comes from the teaching of Kobo-Daishi who said that if they didn't tap, they wouldn't wake anything."

    今年の西日本豪雨により、大洲市は、大変な被害となり被災をされていました。前回の時は、御朱印などもいただけない状況でしたが、今は、きれいに復旧され、通常通りお参りが出来ます。本堂や大師堂には、今回の水害の高さが、しっかりと記されています。すごい水位の高さです。

  • Japanese Cuisine Tonomachi Tarui
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Nakamura Tonomachi 553-19
    Come taste local riverside Ozu cuisine in this remodeled county office building originally built during the early Meiji-period. From the second floor of this beautiful wooden structure you can look out and see Ozu Castle. Their specialty is their Tonomachi-Tarui meal serving eel grilled with their secret sauce that they've protected since the Taisho-period. They can accommodate any situation with counter seating where you can easily drop in by yourself, private rooms where you can relax without worrying about your surroundings, and even a banquet hall. They also offer simple lunch boxes, exquisite arrangements for seasonal festivals or family gatherings, and special meals for memorial services.

    大洲城帰りにオススメです リーズナブルで絶品の郷土料理 皆さん鰻をお昼に食べられる方も多かった 大洲は鵜飼いの地 なので地魚もオススメ 子供には唐揚げ、エビフライ定食もあるよ

  • Ozu City Hijikawa Kaze no Hakubutsukan Museum Utamarokan
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Ozu-shi Hijikawacho Yokohayashi 99-1
    "This museum is located in Yokohayashi, Hijikawa-cho, Ozu City. The Wind Museum's catchphrase is ""bringing wind into people's hearts"", and contains exhibits about wind power generation, as well as a wind tunnel experimentation room, and collections of cultural documents such as books, movies, music and other writings that have ""wind"" in their titles. And in the Utamaro building, there are woodblock Ukiyo-e prints by Utamaro Kitagawa and exhibits showing the history of ukiyo-e and how they are made, as well as reproduction ukiyo-e prints that can be purchased."

    雄一歌麿は描いた木版が発見されたところに、ローカル博物館が建てられた。浮世絵にかんして、小さい展示がおいてあります。近くにも鹿野川湖がある。

  • Murata Bunpuku Shinise (Honmachi Main Shop)
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    5.0
    2 Reviews
    Shopping
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu 183
    This Japanese sweets shop is located in Ozu, Ozu City. Founded in 1624, the venerable shop has even served as the purveyors of sweets to the Ozu Domain. It is best known for Gessomochi, a traditional sweet consisting of a bracken starch dumpling filled with strained red bean paste and dusted with roasted soy flour. They were known asa favorite of Kato Yasuoki, the second lord of the Ozu Domain. The name is said to have been given by Kato Yasutsune, the third lord of the domain.

    ここのいちご大福は白あん。いちご大福はそんなに好きじゃなかったけど、ここのいちご大福を食べてからは、いちご大福がすごく好きになった。書いててまた食べたくなった(笑)

  • Sakamoto Ryoma Dappan no Michi
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Kawabecho
    This road in Kawabe-cho, Ozu City is thought to have been walked by Sakamoto Ryoma when he likely passed through Ozu on his way to Shimonoseki after leaving the Tosa Domain. The approximately 15-kilometer-long mountain trail runs from Enokigatoge Pass to Izumigatoge Pass. A number of events are held in the area including “Waraji de Aruko Sakamoto Ryoma Dappan no Michi,” in which participants walk the trail where Sakamoto Ryoma escaped from the domain in straw sandals.

    河辺町内での行程は約15キロ程ですが、峠を四つも越えるためアップダウンはかなり激しい道のりです。若き日の龍馬は約4時間でこの道のりを駆け抜けたと言われています。 保存会によって整備されている道を歩くと、龍馬は何を想い、この道を歩いたのかと想いを馳せてしまいます。

  • Omoide Soko
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Ozu 103
    A museum in Ozu's retro Pokopen Yokocho district on the southern bank of Hijikawa River. The beloved scenery of a period during the late 1950's and early 1960's backstreet is recreated in a stucco building called the Old-Okimoto Warehouse. The streets lined with old-timey shops including a pharmacy, tobacco shop, police box, and barbershop will make people of any age long for the good old days. In the rear of the general store there's an old living space set up with things such as a low table and tiled kitchen area that you can interact with. Definitely don't miss the Coke & VAN corner, packed with the aspirations of days long past.
  • Tomisuyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Pref. Ozushi Yunoki 942
    "Mt. Tomisuyama is located in the center of the Ozu Basin enclosed by the Hiji River; due to its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, it is called the ""Ozu Fuji"" by some. The mountain is approximately 320-meter high. The area near the top is maintained as a park, and bicycles can be ridden all the way to the top of the mountain. The park has an observatory and playground and is also suitable for going hiking with children. In spring, cherry trees and azaleas bloom in the park, and in fact the park boasts some of the largest number of azalea plants in western Japan - around 63 thousand! The park's cherry trees are double-flowered cherries, and during the blooming season the area around the mountaintop is dyed light pink with their flowers. The Sightseeing Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival and the Azalea Festival are also held in the park at this time, and it bustles with large numbers of visitors."
  • Ozu no Machinami
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu
    The Ozu District of Ozu City prospered as a castle town until the end of the Edo period. Beginning in the Meiji period, it had a booming sericulture and silk spinning industry. Having avoided the ravages of war, the district retains the centuries-old townscape from this time. Visitors can walk the streets and see the rows of merchant houses with namako walls.
  • Niiya Iris Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Ozu-shi
    This botanical garden is located in Niiya-machi, Ozu City. It has been planted with around 8,000 irises representing some 200 varieties. This includes several varieties with names associated with the Ozu region, including Ozu Bijin, Garyu no Mukashi, and Fuji no Kiri. The park also holds an Iris Festival from June 1st to 15th every year.
  • Meijo no Ienami
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    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu
    This street is located in Ozu, Ozu City, which flourished as a castle town before developing a booming sericulture and silk-spinning industry in the Meiji period. It is lined with many well-preserved buildings from this period including merchant houses and samurai residences. Well-known for its charming townscape, the street occasionally serves as a filming location for movies and television dramas.
  • Pokopen Yokocho
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu 103
    This retro market in Ozu 3-Chome, Ozu City recreates a typical backalley shopping district of the 1950s to the 1960s. It features restaurants serving ramen, croquettes, and other foods, as well as a variety of stores including toy shops and antiques dealers. There are also booths where visitors can try playing old-fashioned games from the period. The market’s Omoide Soko, meanwhile, is a veritable warehouse of nostalgic items from the Showa period including vintage toys and enamel signs. The market is held every Sunday from April to the end of November and every third Sunday from December to the end of March.
  • Hiji River Pleasure Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu
    This pleasure boat operates on the Hiji River in Ozu, Ozu City from June to September. Passengers can enjoy a meal while viewing the scenery of the Hiji River. Two types of boats are available; shared boats and chartered boats. Both require a reservation. The meeting place for shared boats is the tourist information center inside Ozu Machi no Eki Asamoya.
  • Otonosama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu 848-1
    This park is located in Ozu, Ozu City. It is a historical park developed around the Ozu Castle Sannomaru Minami Sumi Yagura Turret, a Nationally-Designated Important Cultural Property. The park also features the Main Building of the Former Kato Family Residence, a Nationally-Registered Tangible Cultural Asset. It was built during the Taisho period by Kato Yasumichi, who was an honorary citizen of Ozu City and the son of Kato Yasuaki, the last lord of the Ozu Domain.
  • Ozu Cormorant Fishing
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Ozu Nyohoji Kawahara
    This traditional fishing method is practiced in Ozu, Ozu City. Cormorant fishing on the Hiji River is counted among the three great cormorant fishing traditions of Japan along with those of the Nagara River and Mikuma River. The fishing season runs from June 1st to September 20th. The sight of cormorant fishermen using fishing fires at night on the Hiji River has become one of the features of summer in the region. It is also possible to watch the cormorant fishermen at work from the houseboats that operates on the river during the fishing season.
  • Okiura Kannon
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Ozu-shi Nagahamacho Okiurahei 2053
    This temple is located in Okiurahei, Nagahama-cho, Ozu City. The temple's official name is BanshozanZuiryu-ji. The principle object of worship in the temple is the wooden standing statue of the Eleven-headed Kannon, which was built approximately 900 years ago and is a nationally designated important cultural property. The temple grounds are also a famous cherry blossom-viewing spot, and draw many people to the Spring Festival which is held on April 17thevery year.

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Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country's oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.

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