This route has a nostalgic feel as it runs along the Katatetsu Roman Kaido, created from a disused railway line, and then along the banks of the Yoshii River. There is much to enjoy, including a dip in the waters of Yunogo Onsen, fresh seafood at Hinase, or why not try a plate of local specialty Tsuyama horumon udon noodles in the castle town of Tsuyama?
Sample local delicacies along this nostalgic route that covers the Katatetsu Roman Kaido and the Yoshii River.
With a total length of 765 m, the Bizen♡Hinase Bridge links Bizen-Hinase Town with Kakuijima Island. From the bridge, you can see a sight unique to Hinase; countless oyster rafts bobbing in the sea.
This local dish is made only during winter months using oysters caught fresh each day. The fresh oysters are succulent even after being cooked, and add a luxurious taste to this special okonomiyaki.
Bizen pottery is made without using any glaze and is simply baked at high temperatures. Of the six ancient kilns of Japan, Bizen is the oldest of them all.
This cycling road runs for 34 km and was created using the former Katatetsu railroad tracks. Aspects of the road’s former life are still apparent, as you can see station buildings, platforms, and signals along the way.
With a high sulfur content, this onsen hot spring is famous even beyond Okayama for its healing and beautifying properties including easing neuralgia, and joint and muscle pain as well as improving sensitivity to cold and relieving fatigue.
The waters of Yunogo have been famed since ancient times for their miraculous healing properties and the town has been adored as a health resort for many years. Among the three springs in Mimasaka City, Yunogo is the only chloride spring, with just a slight saltiness and light sulfurous odor. A free foot spa in the center of town is popular with tourists.
Joto is the eastern entrance to the historic castle town of Tsuyama and faces the former Izumo High Road. It was once the home to the merchants and artisans of the town. The hook-shaped winding streets and the lanes still bearing their ancient names really make the atmosphere feel like an old castle town.
The stone walls of the former Tsuyama Castle still stand proud today with a height of approximately 10 m and stones placed intricately together forming a maze-like warren of lanes across a wide area. Even from a distance, it is possible to make out the overlapping layers of these walls. The park is famous as one of western Japan’s most beautiful spots in spring when cherry blossoms bloom, and has earned a spot as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom sites.
This traditional strolling garden was commissioned by Mori Nagatsugu, the second feudal lord of Tsuyama, who invited a master gardener from Kyoto to add his finishing touches. The garden is said to imitate that of the Sento Imperial Palace in the Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. It was given its current name in 1870 and entrance is free.
Tsuyama has long been a place where wagyu cattle have been bred and this is why it has always been possible to source delicious and fresh offal from the local sashu beef cattle. More than 50 restaurants in Tsuyama offer this special dish, with each one differing slightly depending on the chef.
Hinase, Hinase-cho, Bizen City 701-3204
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