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

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Tart, traditional Ehime sweets

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Ehime Tart, a sponge cake spread with sweet bean paste, has been made from Meiji Period in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Sadayuki Matsudaira, the lord of Matsuyama, was taught recipe for European sweets in Nagasaki and he thought recipe for Ehime Tart in Edo Period.

In Meiji Period, Matsudaira(Hisamatsu) Family taught Matsuyama City's confectioners recipe for Tart, and Tart was spread over Ehime Prefecture.

I introduce famous shops of Tart.

 

1. Ichiroku Tart

I went to "Ichiroku Honpo Dogo-Honkan-Mae" across from Dogo Onsen(Hot spring) Honkan(Main Building).

Ichiroku Honpo is one of the long established companies making Tart .

"Ichiroku Honpo Dogo-Honkan-Mae" has "Ichiroku Saryo", a cafe on the 2th floor.

 

We can eat sweets seeing Dogo Onsen(Hotspring) Honkan(Main Building) in Ichiroku Saryo.

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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.

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Tai Meshi, a local food of Ehime Pref.

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I went to "Kaisen Hokuto", a famous restaurant in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

It serves "Tai Meshi"(rice with minced red sea bream), a local dish of Ehime Prefecture.

And it is the seashore region and we can eat dish seeing beautiful sea. 

 

"Tai Meshi" can be classified into two categories, one of category of "Tai Meshi" is based on Hojyo region and another category is based on Uwajima region.

This restaurant's "Tai Meshi Hime Zen" has both two types of "Tai Meshi".

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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).

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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.

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Matsuyama Castle

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There is Matsuyama Castle which was built on Mountain Katsuyama, whose height is 132m in the center of Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Matsuyama Castle was built by Yoshiaki Kato in 1602 , and the lord of Matsuyama Castle changed with Kato Family, Gamou Family, Matsudaira(Hisamatsu) Family.

Current Matsuyama Castle's Castle Tower was built in 1854, and it is one of the 12 Castles with Existing Castle Towers.

 

We can use a cable car  and lift in order to go to Matsuyama Castle.

 

A short walk from the place that we get off a cable car and lift brought us to big stone walls.

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Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum

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I appreciated “Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum”, an exhibition held by Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo.

 

Hermitage museum is a museum of art in Saint Petersburg, Russia and it has about 3 million art works. We can see Hermitage Museum’s beautiful collections at this exhibition.

This exhibition’s oil paintings are very colorful and beautiful.

There are detail landscapes like photos.

 

Works : http://hermitage2017.jp/works

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Red Seabream of Ainan Town, Ehime Prefecture, Japan

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I had lunch at “Isomaru Suisan”, a seafood restaurant in Ropongi,Tokyo today.

”Isomaru Suisan” is serving dishes which is used red seabream of Ainan town,Ehime Prefecture,Japan now.

Ainan town is the southernmost point of Ehime Prefecture and it is the top producer of red seabream.

I ate ryukyu don(red seabream with miso based sauce and rice ball) and sushi of red sea bream.

These were very delicious.

This is ryukyu don(red sea bream with miso based sauce and rice ball).

Miso based sauce suit slice of red sea bream and it is very delicious.

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