Town with Full Nature and History
This greenery town is surrounded by one of the 100 best mountains in Japan such as Mt. Akagiyama and Mt. Hotakasan. It is known as castle towm on the biggest river terrace in Japan which is located in Tonegawa river, the branch of Katashinagawa river,and Usunegawa river. Tanbara Kogen Highland with beech and national monument "Fukiware no Taki falls" are also great spots as well.
Tambara is a highland resort located in the west of Mt. Hotakasan. Promenades are built in the natural forest of beech trees, and many alpine plants grow naturally in the Tambara Marsh. In summer, Tambara Ski Park turns into the field of more than 50,000 lavender plants.
It is located in about 16km north from the town. Mirokuji temple is on the side of hill, and was opened in 848. Big Japanese long-nosed goblin mask has 6.7m size of face and 2.7m height of nose, and it is well known as mountain of Japanese long-nosed goblin. It is a tradition that when you visit this shrine, you would borrow and take home the regular Japanese long-nosed goblin's mask, and when your wishes came true, you would visit again with the mask and a new one.
The park is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom-viewing spots in the area. It also has places of historic interest such as an old Samurai residence of Ubukata Clan, which is designated as an important cultural property of Japan, an ancient western home owned by Toki family, and the bell from the old castle.
10 dashis are called "Mando" and each town of mikoshi parades and makes the town lively. Audiences are overpowered by Suga and Haruna's mikoshi. A Japanese long-nosed goblin’s mikoshi is shouldered by only women, and that lights up the event as well.
It is said that the god of Mt. Akagi got injured by fighting with the god of Mt Nikko Nantaisan, and cured the injury at this Onsen. There are long standing inns and hotels along Katashina Keikoku valley. You can experience an outside Onsen tour with friendly services.
The flow of Katashinagawa river eroded the rock and made big cataract which has 7m of height and 30m of wide, and flows dowm to crack of riverbed. Around the area, promenade has set and there are the view of strange rocks connection such as Ukisima Kannondo, Masutobi falls, and Shishiiwa rock. You can enjoy walking down the promenade.
This Michi no Eki is in a great location that has view of Mt. Akagiyama and Katashinagawa river trrrace, and it is very popular. Day-onsen Shirasawa Kogen onsen "Bokyo no Yu" has big bath and outside bath with great views, and has farm products direct sales "Za Shirasawa" where they sales fresh vegetables and fruits.
The farm is along a street and grows variety kind of fruits such as cherry in the beginning of summer, grape and apple in fall, strawberry, blueberry, peach, and more.
Many kinds of vegetables, fruits, edible wild plants, pickles, and handmade industrial arts are sold at Oigami onsen in the morning. Business Hours: 6:00-7:30am (End of the Apr to Mid Nov)
This day-onsen is fountainhead onsen with Nerigawa river's sound, and there are local hinoki bath, stone bath, and family bath. You can experience straw work and making soba noodle at farm products direct sales "Nango Ichiba" next to the onsen.