Journey to Ozu by Iyonadamonogatari

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I went to Ozu City,Ehime Prefecture,Japan by "Iyonadamonogatari",a sightseeing train of JR Yosan Line.

Iyonadamonogatari has 4 types,Ozu-hen(going to Iyo Ozu Station from Matsuyama Station),Soukai-hen(going to Matsuyama Station from Iyo Ozu Station),Yahatahama-hen(going to Yahatahama Station from Matsuyama Station) and Dogo-hen(going to Matsuyama Station from Yahatahama Station), and all of them goes along Iyonada(the sea of Ehime).

You must buy a green ticket except for a railway-ticket for taking Iyonadamonogatari.

 

Inside of train

 

We can see the view of Iyonada Sea after a while the train leaves from Matsuyama Station.

The train goes along beautiful sea.

 

We can take memorial pictures at Shimonada Station.

 

At last,train goes along Hiji River and arrives at Ozu Station.

 

Now, let's stroll around Ozu City.

At first, I go to Ozu Castle, a symbol of Ozu City.

Castle Tower of Ozu Castle and Hiji River are beautiful.

Ozu Castle has a long history and it was built by Toyofusa Utsunomiya in 1331.

And in Edo Period, Takatora Todo rebuilt Ozu Castle and it was in its present form.

Ozu Castle's Castle Tower was broken in Meiji Period, and it was rebuilt in 2004.

It is faithfully reproduced using documents of Edo Period.

 

It's the view of Ozu City from the top of Castle Tower. It's beautiful. 

 

Next, I went to Garyu Sansou after Ozu Castle.

Garyu Sansou is a mountain villa made by Torajiro Kouchi in Meiji Period and it is as popular as Ozu Castle in Ozu City.

 

Garden of Garyu Sansou has a relaxed atmosphere.

 

This building named "Furoan" is made near Hiji River.

 

This is Garyu Jyaya, a Japanese cafe near Garyu Sansou.

 

We can eat Japanese sweets and a light meal seeing the garden of this cafe.

This is a set of "Suishou" Mochi and dark green tea, famous menu of this cafe.

"Suishou" Mochi is tender and delicious.

("Suishou" means a crystal in Japanese language.)

 

This is "Ohanahan Street" and there are some houses which is made in Edo Period and Meiji Period along this street.

"Ohanahan" is name of drama made by NHK in 1966, and this street has been called "Ohanahan Street" since it was shown in drama.

 

This street is short,but I found myself relieved and comfortable when I walked this street.

Grass Courts in Yugawara Town

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I went to "bonnfemme", a pension in Yugawara Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, at the event planned by Tennis Shop LAFINO .
It has two grass tennis courts. 

 

The feel of a grass court is soft.

I snuggled down in grass court without even thinking.

 

When tennis ball bounced, the force of it got weak.

But the speed of tennis ball became quick, when we hit a serve or a slice. 
We had a hard time because tennis ball often took bad hops.

 

There are ant-hills and earthworms in grass courts.

 

We can see the sea of Yugawara from tennis courts.
We can enjoy playing tennis seeing beautiful sea.

Management of grass courts is very difficult, and a manager adjusts lawn at stated periods.
And the period of using grass courts is about a half of a year, and hours of using them is one or two hours a day.

 

This is a beautiful building of bonnefemme.

 

Also, Rooms are beautiful. 

 

There is an open spa facing the sea of Yugawara in bonnefemme.
Water of it is Yugawara hot spring.

We can enjoy nice hot spring after playing tennis.

 

This pension serves delicious French cuisine.

 

This pension is often visited by young couple.
I recommend this pension to young couple who play tennis.

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Matsuyama's delicious restaurants

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I introduce delicious restaurants of Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

 

1. GoShiki

Goshiki, a famous restaurant in Sanbancho Street, Matsuyama City, serves "Tai(sea bream) Meshi", a local food of Ehime Prefecture.

"Tai Meshi" can be classified into two categories, one of category of "Tai Meshi" is based on Hojyo City(Hojyo City incorporated Matsuyama City in 2005.) and another category of "Tai Meshi" is based on Uwajima City.

Goshiki serves both two types of "Tai Meshi".

 

I ate “Matsuyama Hojyo Tai meshi Lunch Set” on the first day.

“Matsuyama Hojyo Tai Meshi“ is rice seasoned with soy sauce and boiled with sea bream.

 

I ate "Uwajima Tai Meshi Lunch Set" on second day.

"Uwajima Tai Meshi" is raw sea bream on the top of rice with a special source, mixed with sesames and grated yam.

 

I recommend "Kaisen Hokuto" as other "Tai Meshi" restaurant.

 

2. Daikokuya

Daikokuya is famous Udon(Japanese noodle) and Kamameshi(rice,meats and vegetable dish served in a small pot) restaurant along Haiku Street near Dogo Onsen(Hot spring).

 

I ate red sea bream Kamameshi and udon set.

It is a famous dish of Daikokuya.

3.Yakitori Izakaya Ichibandho-no-Yura

There are many chicken restaurants in Matsuyama City, and specially there are about 20 chicken restaurants in Okaido, the central of Matsuyama City.

We choose "Yakitori Izakaya Ichibancho-no-Yura", a chicken restaurants in Ichibancho, Matsuyama CIty, from those ones.

 

This restaurant serves slices of raw local chicken with sauce, salt and miso.

(It is served only on Monday and Tuesday.)

It is very delicious.

 

And boiled chicken is delicious, too.

 

We ate O-chazuke with chicken tender at last.

4. Binya Bekan

"Binya Bekan" is a sushi restaurant in Nibancho, Matsuyama City.

 

This restaurant serves a little big sushi.

It's fresh and delicious.

This is "Shiki Set" and Chu-Toro.

The price of these sushi is about 2,000 yen(about 1,800 - 2,000 U.S. dollars).

It's raw price.

5. Yaki Yaki Teppan Grill Himawari

"Yaki Yaki Teppan Grill Himawari" is a "Mitsuhama Yaki" restaurant.

"Mitsuhamayaki" is Matsuyama's Okonomiyaki, and the origin of it is "Hamayaki" made in Mitasuhama area, Matsuyama City in 1940s.

It is savory pancake including soba(Japanese noodle), vegetables, beef tallow and tempura scraps.

 

This is "Mitsuhama Yaki". It is delicious.

 

This is "Soba Meshi" and we can choice it with "Mitsuhama Yaki" as Lunch Set.

It is delicious, too.

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Dogo's local beer and local sake

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This is "Dogo Bakushu Kan", a bar serving "Dogo Beer", a local beer of Dogo, Matsuyama City, in front of Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

It is nice to drink "Dogo Beer" after taking Dogo Onsen(Hot spring).

 

This is "Dogo Beer".

It's clear tastes.

 

Dogo Beer has four types, "Botchan Beer"(Kolsch), "Madonna Beer"(Altbier), "Souseki Beer"(Stout) and "Nobosan Beer"(Weizenbier).

 

 

Dogo also has local sake(Japanese rice wine).

There is "Mizuguchi Shuzo", a sake maker, along Nikitatsu street which is walk of approximately 5 minutes from Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

 

It has a sake shop and a restaurant called "Nikitatsu-An".

 

This is "Nikitatsu Daiginjyo", a speciality sake made by Mizuguchi Shuzo.

It has very clear tastes.

 

I ate "Uwajima Tai-meshi", a local food of Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

It is very delicious.

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Dogo Onsen(Hot Spring)

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This is Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building) in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) is the most oldest hot spring of Japan and it was written by The Nihon Shoki, the book of classical Japanese history.

Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building) was built in 1894, and it is said to become a bathroom of "Spirited Away".

 

This picture is the full view of Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building) from Yu-Shrine.

Yu-Shrine is known as nice photographing point.

 

Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building) has two types of bathroom, "Kami-no-Yu" and "Tama-no-Yu".

An entrance fee of "Kami-no-Yu" without a rest room is only 410 yen(about 370 - 410 U.S. dollars).

Other entrance fee is below:

   "Kami-no-Yu" and a rest room of 2F                                 840 yen(about 760 - 840 U.S. dollars)

   "Tama-no-Yu" and a rest room of 2F                              1,250 yen(about 1,130 - 1,250 U.S. dollars)

   "Tama-no-Yu" and a rest room of 3F(a private room)  1,550yen(about 1,400 - 1,550 U.S. dollars)

 

This hot spring is orderless and slippery water, because hot spring's quality is a type of alkaline nature.

Hot spring's temperature is about 42℃, and it is suitable.

 

This is a rest room of 2F.

It's the view from a rest room of 2F.

 

This is a rest room of 3F.

It's the view from a rest room of 3F.

 

Yukata(an informal cotton kimono) is lent in a rest room(2F, 3F).

 

Japanese sweets and green tea are served after taking a bath in a rest room(2F, 3F).

 

There is "Botchan-no-Ma", a room featured Soseki Natsume, a Japanese novelist, in 3F.

Soseki Natsume visited Matsuyama City as a teacher in 1895, and he wrote "Botchan", a novel set in Matsuyama City.

 

This is a photo of when Soseki Natsume was a teacher of Matsuyama City.

 

Dogo Onsen(Hot Spring) "Tsubaki-no-Yu" is located at a distance from Dogo Onsen(Hot Spring) Honkan(Main Building).
Hot spring of "Tsubaki-no-Yu" is as same as hot spring of Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

"Asuka-no-Yu", new building of "Tsubaki-no-Yu" will be opened on September, 2017. 

 

There are Dogo shopping street(another called "Dogo Haikara street"), "Botchan Park"(restaunts), and "Dogo Bakushu Kan"(a bar served Dogo's local beer) around Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

We can enjoy shopping and eating after taking a bath.


 

And there is Hojyoen Square near the entrance of Dogo shopping street and Iyo Railway's Dogo Onsen Station.

Hojyoen has  a foot bath using hot spring water of Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main building) and "Botchan Karakuri Clock" featuring figures based on the main characters of "Botchan"(a novel written by Soseki Natsume).

 

"Botchan Karakuri Clock" takes a turn on a hour from 8 am to 10 pm.

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