Okuaizu, Japan

Home of seasonal tradition and events

MISHIMA TOWN

Sainokami (in Mishima)
The National significant intangible folk cultural asset.
Sainokami is a ritual praying for prosperity. A bonfire is made with Goshinboku, a tree that is cut off specially for this occasion. The tree standing upright is wrapped up with straws and items called Onbe is also set with the tree. It is said that it brings good luck if Onbe is ignited in the evening. Some people believe that putting soot of the fire over wounds may heal them. Spectators enjoy baking rice cakes and dried squids with the fire.

Event schedule: January 15th
Location: Various spots in Mishima
Contact: Mishima Tourism Association.
http://www.mishima-kankou.net/
Aizu Jidori (Chicken)
Aizu Jidori is a type of chicken grown in the Aizu region. These cage-free chickens are fed with locally grown vegetables and compound feed. Meats of Aizu Jidori are known for great flavor and texture.
Location: Mishima
Tadami LineTadami Line - Perfect scenic spot for taking photos
These are popular locations among photographers worldwide.
Daiichi Tadami River Bridge
This spectacular view is from an observation platform. To go to the platform, take a trail starting from the parking lot of Michi-no-eki Ozekaido Mishima Juku.

Location: Mishima,
between Aizu-Hinohara station and Aizu-Miyashita station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psgNcY9iCgM
Daiichi Tadami River Bridge (in Mishima)
This bridge can be seen from an observation platform. To go to the platform, take a trail starting from the parking lot of Michi-no-eki Ozekaido Mishima Juku. Spectacular view from the platform entertain visitors throughout the four seasons.

Location: Mishima
Contact: Mishima Tourism Association.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psgNcY9iCgM
Obayashi Furusato no Yama (in Mishima)
Every year, Katakuri (dogtooth violet) and Sargent's cherry bloom in late April. The flowers of pale violet and pink on the mountain tells visitors the spring has arrived. This Yama (mountain) is located about 15 minutes by a car from Aizu-miyashita station in Mishima.

Location: Toumotejo Nnishikata, Mishima
Contact: Mishima Tourism Association.
Okuaizu Nonbirikan (in Mishima)
The building is a beautiful wooden structure with traditional Japanese design. “Nonbiri” in Japanese means “take it easy”. So, enjoy “Nonbiri” time.
Price: Starting from 7,000 yen (including tax) per night. (Dinner and breakfast included.)

Address: 262-1 Miyashiya, Mishima
TEL : 0241-42-7008
http://www.okuaizu-nonbirikan.jp/
Miyashita Onsen Eikokan (in Mishima)
The View of Tadami river can be enjoyed from each guest room and hot-springs baths.
Price: Starting from 10,000 yen per night. (dinner and breakfast included.)

Address: 4113 Shiomizu Miyashita, Mishima
TEL : 0241-52-2636
The Guesthouse Sokokashiko
A stylish old house standing on an archeological site. This inn offers a shared room, in which there are bunk beds. At night on weekend, this inn does business as a restaurant. Fee is reasonable but does not include dinner and breakfast. Dinner and breakfast can be served upon request.

Address: 1302 Arayashiki Kuwanohara, Mishima
https://sokokashiko.info/
info@sokokashiko.com
090-3345-3043
Mori no Kosha Katakuri
Here in Mori no Kosha Katakuri, guests can learn how to cook traditional dishes, such as “Kozuyu” and “Sasamaki”. Rice-cake making is fun to try. BBQ can be enjoyed in Summer.
Price: Starting from 5,400 yen per night. (dinner and breakfast included.)

Address: 3580 Kanbara Nishikata, Mishima
TEL : 0241-48-5577
http://katakuriokuaizu.wixsite.com/index
Hayato Onsen (in Mishima)
Hayato Onsen has been a popular medicinal bath since 1200. Legend has it that a white crane healed his wound by taking the baths.

Photo: Tsuru no Yu.
Its outdoor hot spring is popular for striking view of Tadami river valley.
This chloride spring has ocher color.
It is used for medical treatment of wounds and skin diseases.
It is drinkable as a treatment as well.
For its medical benefit, many people visit this hot spring from all over Japan.
Address: Yunodaira Hayato, Mishima
Contact: Mishima Tourism Association.
http://www.mishima-kankou.net/
The Okuaizu Basketry
Technique of this folk craft has been handed down for generations. Traces of this craft could be found in prehistoric items excavated around this region. The sophisticated baskets are made from bark of crimson glory vine, silver vine and Hiroro (carex). The products change their color to amber as time goes by. The okuaizu basketry is an officially designated traditional craft.
伝統工芸

Contact: Mishima-cho Seikatsu Kogeikan
Address: 395 Suwanoue Nairi, Mishima
http://www.okuaizu-amikumi.jp/
Supreme Paulownia Wood Products
Paulownia wood products in Aizu is famous for beautiful luster and pattern. There is a custom in Okuaizu that a family plants a paulownia tree when a baby girl is born. When the girl gets married, the tree is used to make a household furniture for her. In Mishima, various paulownia wood products are created. 伝統工芸

Mishima Tourism Association. 0241-48-5000
Address: 214-5 Miyashita, Mishima
http://www.mishima-kankou.net/
Kasya Neko (cat)
Shizukurayama’s Bakeneko Legend
A folk tale has it that there was a Bakeneko, a goblin cat, dwelling in the Shizukura mountain. This goblin cat inflicted so much misery on people in the region. When Kobo Daishi, a renowned Buddhist monk, heard about it, he got rid of the goblin cat by using a Koshiabura tree. After that, the cat was turned into a spirit of the mountain and served people by removing troubles and illnesses. Since then, when a baby is born in this region, a Kokeshi doll of the goblin cat is made for the baby as a talisman.

Mishima Kanko Koryukan “Karan Koron”
214-5 Miyashita Miyashita, Mishima
0241-48-5000
Basketry Craft Workshop
You can learn about the skill of basketry by crafting a strap using crimson glory vine.

Contact: Mishima-cho Seikatsu Kogeikan
Address: 395 Suwanoue Nairi, Mishima
http://www.okuaizu-amikumi.jp/
Cooking Workshop of Traditional Dishes
Using a renovated building of an elementary school, local people operate a hostel called “Mori no Kosha Katakuri”. At this place, guests can learn how to cook traditional dishes, such as “Kozuyu” and “Sasamaki”. BBQ can be enjoyed in Summer.

Mori no Kosha Katakuri
Address: 3580 Kanbara Nishikata, Mishima
Contact: Mori no Kosha Katakuri
http://katakuriokuaizu.wixsite.com/index
Mugenkyo no Watashi
A rowboat starts pulling the oar from a dock in Hayato to the other side of the river, where there is the lost village.

Business Hour: Mid. April ~ Mid November, between sunrise until sunset (Reservation required.)
Inquiry & Reservation: Okuaizu Kanko
Email:
Location: About 15 minutes by walk from JR Hayato station.
Address: 888 Yunodaira Hayato, Mishima

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLkHwCT3908