Okuaizu, Japan

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KANEYAMA TOWN

Mugenkyo
Spirit of dignity lives forever
Houses in a ghost village, once prosperous, are still standing in the mountain wrapped in a thick fog.

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Lake Numazawa Water Festival (in Kaneyama)
A legend has it that a giant serpent used to dwell in the Lake Numazawa. The legend features in the water festival. According to the legend, the giant serpent was defeated by a samurai named Yoshitsura Juro Sawara. By using a large float on the lake, the battle between the serpent and Yoshitsura is reproduced as a show. Fireworks display also features the giant serpent.

Event schedule: August
Location: Kaneyama, By the lake Numazawa
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Oshio Natural Sparkling Water (in Kaneyama)
Natural sparkling water is gushing out from a spring in Kaneyama. This fizzy water has moderate flavor and is pleasant to drink.
Location: Oshio, Kaneyama

Okuaizu Kaneyama Natural Sparkling Water

This natural sparkling water is soft water, which is very rare to find. In Japan, Kaneyama is the only refining and bottling place of the natural sparkling “soft” water. This water has been served at the important official meetings such as 2016 G-7 Summit.
Azaki Daikon Takato Soba

Azaki Daikon Takato Soba

Azaki Daikon is a Japanese white radish locally grown in Kaneyama. The spicy flavor of radish goes great with Soba noodle. Location: Kaneyama

Flower of Azaki Daikon

Okuaizu Kaneyama Aka Kabocha (Red Pumpkin)
The shape of Okuaizu Kaneyama Aka Kabocha is distinctive. At the bottom of it, there is a swelling. The pumpkins are being dangled, so that they do not touch the ground. The taste is very sweet and the flavor is often compared with a chestnut and sweet potato.
Location: Kaneyama
Katsu Curry Mix Ramen
This unique dish is a collaboration of a curry with deep-fried pork cutlet and a ramen noodle. The volume is suitable for a person with big appetite.
Location: Syokudo Ofukuro
601 Shitamachi Kawaguchi, Kaneyama
Location: Nakagawa Area (in Kaneyama)

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer
Location: Nakagawa Area (in Kaneyama)

Photo by Mr. Kenko Hoshi, a local photographer
Viewpoint of Oshi Community (with a train).
Close shot of Oshi community
Nakagawa Community (in Kaneyama)
It is located by Tadami River. The peaceful atmosphere may be originated from calmness of the river and a stretch of rice fields. Nakagawa community was selected as one of 100 Japanese “Sato”, an unspoiled countryside.

Location: Nakagawa Community, Kaneyama
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
Flower field of Azaki Daikon (in Kaneyama)
Above sea level of 600 meter, the Tarabu Highland is home for Azaki Daikon. The Azaki Daikon displays pale purple flowers in Spring, between end of May and early June.

Location: Tarabu Area, Kaneyama
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
Oshi community (in Kaneyama)
This is the view from Kaneyama Fureai Hiroba, located about 7 minutes by walk from Aizu-kawaguchi station. From this popular viewpoint, amazing scenery of Oshi community can be enjoyed. Especially, when the community is wrapped in a dense fog, it looks like an ink wash painting.

Location: Kaneyama Fureai Hiroba
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWKCj1nT7f4
Ebisuya Inn (in Kaneyama)
This inn has baths of carbonated hot-springs. It is located by the Nojiri river, in which a Kappa, a water-dwelling creature, lives, according to a legend. A private bath is available.
Price: Starting from 11,000 yen (plus tax) per night. (dinner and breakfast included.)

Address: 2786-1 Yokoido Tamanashi, Kaneyama
TEL : 0241-54-2211
http://www.ebis-ya.com/
Modoki House (in Kaneyama)
During the harvesting season, guests may experience reaping vegetables. In winter, making of straw sandals are fun to do.
Price: Starting from 5,000 yen (including tax) per night. (dinner and breakfast included.)

Address: 2108-1 Meguro Yokota, Kaneyama
TEL : 0241-42-7071
The Lake Numazawa Automobile Campground
This camping site is located by the lake. In summer, guests may enjoy watersports. In the neighboring forest, people enjoy birdwatching. The campground is open between late-April and early-November.

Address: 2851 Arahama Okuriyama, Kaneyama
0241-55-3140
http://www.aizukaneyama.co.jp/newpage3.html
Tamanashi Onsen (in Kaneyama)
Photo: Seseragi So Two different hot springs are available, one of which is a natural carbonated hot spring. The carbon dioxide gas in the carbonated spring effectively promotes blood circulation and lower a blood-sugar level. Small babbles of the gas on the skin are very soothing.
Address: 2049-1 Araita Tamanashi, Kaneyama
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Beeswax Candle Workshop
You can create a handmade candle with beeswax.
蜜ろうそく
Location: Anneyama
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Rice-cake making
Using tools called Usu and Kine, pound steamed glutinous rice to make rice cakes. Try some delicious “mochi”, a rice cake.

Location: Kaneyama
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Fishing Weir
A fishing weir is an obstruction placed across a river to trap fish. Ayu (sweetfish) can be caught by hands on the weir.

Location: Tamanashi Fishing Weir (in Kaneyama)
Business Operation: August 20th ~ October 20th (It is subject to change depending upon fishing condition.)
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Lake Fishing (in Lake Numazawa)
Between April and September, Kokanee salmon fishing can be enjoyed. Kokanee salmon, also known as red salmon, do not migrate to the ocean. Kokanee salmon live in cold freshwater their entire life. In Fukushima, the Lake Numazawa is the only lake Kokanee salmon can be found.

Location: The lake Numazawa in Kaneyama
Fishing season: April 1st ~ September. (Fishing permit needs to be purchased.)
Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/
Sakedachi Magaibutsu (in Kaneyama)
This is in Sakedachi area that is about 25 minutes by a car from Aizu-kawaguchi station. Long time ago, an ascetic monk was dwelling in this area. He commiserated with people over a famine and carved images of buddha on a rock yearning for prosperity of people. Total of 51 images are engraved, one of which is the image of Jinjya Daisho that is very rare to find.

Contact: Kaneyama-machi Commercial Tourism Division.
http://www.kaneyama-kankou.ne.jp/