This beautiful route is distinctive for its seasonal changes. It starts in Okayama City before meandering northwards, enveloped in green and lush nature from beginning to end. There is much to see and do including roadside stations, dams, onsen hot springs, and various local gourmet specialties.
A beautiful route that meanders northward enveloped in nature that changes with the seasons
Bicchu Takamatsu Castle was a strategic point on the old Matsuyama Highway that linked the domain of Bizen with BICCHU Matsuyama. It is famous as the site of the Siege of Takamatsu of 1582.
Founded approximately 1,200 years ago by the monk Hoon Daishi, Saijo Inari is one of Japan’s top three Inari shrines and is located in a scenic spot that affords marvelous views over the Kibi Plains. The shrine is extremely busy during the New Year period and also at the time of the setsubun bean throwing ceremony.
Formerly the garden of the Kinoshita family, the feudal lords of the former Ashimori domain, Omizuen is known as an outstanding example of a strolling garden set out around a large pond created in the Kobori Enshu-ryu style. It is one of the three great gardens of Okayama Prefecture together with Korakuen in Okayama City and Shurakuen in Tsuyama City.
This parking area is situated along National Route 429 and the Exchange Promotion Center here sells a variety of locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, and other agricultural and livestock products.
This restaurant specializing in rice topped with egg was opened as the first phase of a plan to invigorate the town using eggs. Here, diners can eat all the rice and eggs they can fit in their stomachs. Big crowds line up to eat here even on weekdays.
This tourist information center is located beside the massive lake that was created following the completion of Tomata Dam. Situated at the gateway to the colorful town of Kagamino, this center features a section selling local produce, a restaurant, and an information and exhibition section where you can go on a tour of Tomata Dam.
Here you will find fresh agricultural produce and local specialties and the restaurant features various dishes made using locally sourced ingredients. There is also a massive 7 m high Gundam figure and once a year at the Sennin Matsuri festival, it is possible to climb into the Gundam cockpit (first-come, first-served).
Okutsukei Valley runs for approximately 3 km, featuring a vast array of enormous rocks, waterfalls, and pools that have been formed by the erosion of the granite gorge in the Okutsu River upstream of the Yoshii River. The eight famous sights of the valley include the Usubuchi churn holes, the Tengu-iwa Rock and the Ayugaeri-no-Taki Falls, and also the famous pothole in the riverbed known as Ouketsu. Whether during the fresh green spring season, or in the midst of the golden autumn leaves, there are always beautiful sights to take in.
Here you can sample rustic cuisine buffet style cooked by the grandmothers of Okutsu! Dishes are based on local seasonal vegetables and come in a rich variety from boiled and fried dishes to tempura, pickles, and salads.
From its birch and larch forests to Lake Ombara, this highland region is brimming with the power of nature and offers various opportunities for outdoor activities, including camping, ground golf, cycling, fishing, and skiing in winter. At an elevation of 700 m, the red and gold autumn leaves by the shores of Lake Ombara are an unforgettable sight.
Soja City Sports Center
1300 Miwa, Soja City 719-1132
Ombara Kogen Highlands
2037 Kamisaibara, Kagamino-cho, Tomata-gun 708-0601
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