Category Archives: Shimada City

Osaka-Style Yakisoba: “Soba Modan” at Tonbo in Shimada City!

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Service: shy but very kind and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: takoyaki and okonomiyaki and other traditional izakaya foods. Local sake

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There is an infinite number of yakisoba/Japanese-style fried noodles in Japan, but one created in Osaka and rapidly gaining popularity all over Japan is “Soba Modan”, which is not only very tasty, but also fulfilling and easy to replicate at home!

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And once again the place to watch being done and savor it at ease is “Tonbo” in Shimada City!
So let me show how “Soba modan/そばモダン” is made!

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First fresh noodles of the thick ramen type are poured on an oiled hot plate!

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Pieces of fresh cabbage are added!

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Then a few pieces of fine raw bacon!

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These are first fried!

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Properly fried!

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Tomato sauce added!

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Seasoning added and then the whole fried together!

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Yakisoba ready!

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A thin round omelet in crepe style is then fried on the hot plate!

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The fried noodles are packed in the center!

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Then the omelet crepe is folded over the noodles in a rectangular (almost square) shape and and turned over the hot plate to show the smooth surface on top!

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It is then pasted with BBQ sauce, homemade mayonnaise and one more original sauce like for an okonomiyaki!

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To eat easily cut it with the metal spatula!

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Enough to share between two persons if you are having something else like the yummy takoyaki!

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Japanese comfort food!

TONBO

427-0029 Shimada City, Hinode-Cho, 1-1 ( few minutes’ walk straight from Shimada JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 0547-35-7635
Opening hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays.
Orders on the phone and take-out OK!

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Osaka-Style Okonomiyaki: Tonbo in Shimada City!

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Service: shy but very kind and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: takoyaki and okonomiyaki and other traditional izakaya foods. Local sake

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Tonbo in Shimada City is fast becoming a habit!
Very simple, unpretentious and so Japanese. The more for it that it seems to take you back 40~years ago!

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This time I had decided to sample their okonomiyaki!
But before that I had my glass of Oomuraya Brewery sake a few minutes walk away!

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All orders are prepared as they come. No cheating there!
Moreover the chef is always happy to let you take photographs!

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First of all a mixture of batter and shredded cabbage is poured on the hot plate and bacon added later!

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Squid, shrimps and dry seaweed were then added!

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And also dry bonito shavings!

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It is then turned over to cook the other side!

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Cooking to a crisp outside!

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Once cooked it is then basted with a tomato-based sauce and a BBQ sauce!

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It is finally covered with a mayonnaise-based sauce and finished with an original sauce!

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It is then served on a plate with the metal spatula for easy cutting!

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Once cut it even looked yummier!

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A whole meal in itself!

I will report on their yakisoba next!

TONBO

427-0029 Shimada City, Hinode-Cho, 1-1 ( few minutes’ walk straight from Shimada JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 0547-35-7635
Opening hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays.
Orders on the phone and take-out OK!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Fudou No Taki Waterfalls in Kawane Hon Cho, Shimada City!

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The other day, in a frigid morning my good friend Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, 黒澤脩さん, A true historian of Shizuoka prefecture took to another site of note in the back country of Shimada City, more precisely to a Waterfalls called “Fudou no Taki/不動の滝” located in a natural park called “Fudo No Taki Waterfalls Natural Park Auto Camp/不動の滝自然広場オートキャンプ場”!
As it was winter, we were interfering with anybody!

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This very camp is in the center of a natural park forest where many bird watchers gather all year round!

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The park is well-equipped and even has a washroom for wheel chair users!

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The City of Shimada looks after the site and is very strict about its cleanliness and safety!

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They are particularly touchy about bush fires!

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The entrance to the way leading to the waterfalls!

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The lane is following a stream among the rocks. In summer it could easily become a torrent!

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On the way there is sight typical of noted waterfalls in Japan. Can you guess?

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Okay, you might not be able to read the Japanese!
It the location of a small Shinto Shrine!

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“Fudou Shinto Shrine”!

Clap your hands twice to wake up the sleepy deity!

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Going back to the mountain trail through the torii/shinto shrine sacred portal!

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Good exercise after the revelries of the night before!

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Stopping on the way for a look at the stream!

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Still in winter as shown by the ice!

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C’mon, guys!

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Icicles!

It was still a few degrees below zero, but this a great place to cool down in Shimada stifling summers!

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The last bridge before the waterfalls!

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Looking back down the stream!

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The Fudou Waterfalls!

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There is not so much water running down in winter, but it can become a wet experience in summer!

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Great possibilities for photographers!

Fudo No Taki Waterfalls Natural Park Auto Camp
428-0304 Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimada City, Kawane Hon Cho, Shimoizumi, 1122
Tel: 0547-56-1600

不動の滝自然広場オートキャンプ場
住所: 〒428-0304 静岡県榛原郡 川根本町下泉 1122
電話:0547-56-1600

HOMEPAGE (Japanese + some English)
FACEBOOK (Japanese)

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 39: Katsuyama Family Home in Kawane Cho, Shimada City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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The other my good friend Mr. Osamu Kurosawa/黒澤脩さん, a respected historian in our Prefecture took me to a house hidden in Kawane-Cho, not far from Ieyama, in Shimada City, to show me a splendid kura!

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Actually, the kura is only one building inside a vast property owned by the same family for hundred of years.
You must remember that in Edo Era, Shimada City was one of the most important cities in the whole Central Japan because it was a border City by the Ooi River controlling all traffic between Edo/Tokyo and Osaka!

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the name of the family owning the vast property is Katsuyama/勝山!

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Any rich landowner or person of great importance lived in a large house with servants quarters and a kura to store and protect rice and valuables in particular against fires and natural disasters!
The lady we met inside the house first kindly agree to let me take photographs of the warehouse under the gentle request of my friend, Osamu!

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Actually the kura has just been restored by its owner as you can see with the perfectly working windows!

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It actually took him more than a year to complete the job!

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The “pegs” are still properly aligned, meaning that the walls haven’t been affected by the depredations of time!

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The whole property ought to be used as a locale for historical movies or TV programs!

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Actually it should designated as a cultural asset and it should be the government’s task and duty to look after it!

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The pegs and metal links with the upper roof are still in great repair, meaning the uper roof is stable!

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This is the first time I see such a big “oni gara/goblin pinion tile”! That only should become a cultural asset!

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A closer view at the upstairs window!

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The roofing must be hard to maintain in good repair!

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A “rear” view!

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The other “oni gara”!

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The door and lock dating back from the Edo period!

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Heavy door panels had to be pulled in to close the door!

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Taken back to another era!

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I marveled at how it can have been preserved!

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The ancient “namako” design also is a good enough reason to designate it as a cultural asset as very recently even the Government was heard moaning about their disappearance! In fact, it is the first time I saw a pillar decorated in “namako” design!

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Actually the lower roof angle had to be propped up!

It is about time that the Government made a move!

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Matcha Tea Taiyaki, Oden & Yakisoba at Taiyakiya in Ieyama, Shimada City!

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Service: Shy but very friendly
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Excellent washroom.
Prices: Very reasonable
Strong points: Matcha Tea Taiyaki, Shizuoka-Style Oden, Yakisoba, Ramen.

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Many visitors, local or tourists, make a point to stop at Ieyama Station along the OOi River Railway Line for many reasons.
One of them is a place where they make rare taiyaki with a dough mixed with local green tea matcha powder.
Incidentally the region is famed all over Japan for its green tea!

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Taiyakiya takes years back into old Japan. It is more than 50 year old in any case, although the washroom has been renovated.
As for the rest it is typical Japan of the 1960’S!

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The owner, a second generation, must be the most photographed local personality as TV from as far as Tokyo come for regular shows!
He and his wife are a bit shy but so kind and attentive!

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Their takiyaki are enormous by Japanese standards, The husband cook them and his wife cut them!
“Taiyaki” is called such because “tai” means “seabream”, a symbol of abundance, and “yaki” for “baked/grilled/cooked”!

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If you do not eat them on site they will be carefully packed in a tea green  paper bag to take back home or on your trip! (140 yen a piece/1.20 US$/1.10 Euro in 2016)

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In fact they will wrapped twice!

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Enormous taiyaki! The green color will start fading with the decrease of temperature, so take photos of them out of the plaque!

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They are filled with sweet, but not cloy, red bean paste called “anko/餡子” in Japanese! The chef explained that he tried a long time ago to fill them with white bean paste mixed with matcha tea, but it just did not work!

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Ieyama can be cold in winter and their oden are very popular, especially the locals!

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Typical very dark Shizuoka-style oden! (80 yen a piece/0.70 US$, 0.65 Euro in 2016)

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Served with “aonori/dry seaweed and dry fish” powder mixture and hot Japanese mustard in typical Shizuoka fashion!

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The chef just moves to another hot plate for yakisoba!

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Enormous serving for a ridiculously low price! (450 yen/4 US $/3.50 Euros in 2016)

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Interestingly enough, the owners expect you to share it and provide small plates for you and friends!

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To tell the truth I ate it all by myself!

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Japanese yakisoba is a cross between Chinese fried noodles and western pasta, so they should please everyone!
Next time I will sample their ramen!

TAIYAKIYA/たいやきや

428-0104 Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Ieyama, 668-3
Tel.: 0547-53-2275
Opening hours: 10:00~15:30
Closed on Thursdays (sometimes closed on Wednesdays and 3rd Sunday of the month)
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Airbnb: “Shimada Ieyama Shounso” with Osamu Kurosawa’s in Ieyama, Shimada City

Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, a very old friend of mine, decided after retirement as an officer at the Shizuoka Municipal Library to buy an old farm house in Ieyama, Shimada City for a meaningful life, now that he has plenty of time not only to really enjoy it but to make other people also share his pleasure.
Osamu is actually the recognized expert on Shizuoka, especially Shizuoka City, history and culture and has already published a number of books and papers on it.
He does not intend whatsoever to rest on his laurels and has embarked on a mission to promote the town he is presently living in.
He has just registered his home a member of Japanese Airbnb under the name, “Shimada Ieyama Shounso”, to provide cheap accommodation with all necessary facilities for people and tourists wishing to experience the real Japanese rural life in the “outback” of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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The small farmhouse has been completely refurbished for comfort and everyday life at a walking distance from Ieyama Station along the Oigawa Railway Line extending from Kanaya, Shimada City to Ikawa in the Japanese Southern Alps!

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The view from the first floor entrance!

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It stands by real tea fields of Kawane, producing top-class green tea in Japan!

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The entrance itself gives a good indication of what to expect inside!

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Ask Osamu to translate his own life’s philosophy!

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I have already described the interior during my first visit and second visit.
The place has been considerably reformed since, especially the kitchen and the tatami room here above!

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The guest room on the second floor! Sorry, it was a bit dark when I visited it!

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It has its own terrace!

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A real Japanese atmosphere!

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The place is still full of artifacts and real history and antiques that Osamu will have a pleasure to introduce to all!

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But my favorite place is still the Japanese traditional hearth (irori/囲炉裏), whatever the season!

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Always ready for a cooking fire!

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A landscape pot made with local wild plants!

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Osamu went as far as to create his own coasters and under-plates!

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For that particular visit I had brought a very unusual sake from Niigata prefecture for Osamu who is a great lover of good food drink!

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We shared around a barbecue of enormous chicken wings cooked over charcoal!

Looking forward to the next visit!

Do visit Osamu Kurosawa on his FACEBOOK blog as he is fluent in English and Spanish!

OSAMU KUROSWA/黒澤修さん

Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Ieyama, 763-2
Tel.: 09085525739

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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery-Nagai Ki No Hashi Junmai Ginjo (conducted at la Sommeliere in Shizuoka City)

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I don’t mind repeating it all the time but I prefer conducting sake tastings in the right environment but not many places are propitious for that exercise or willing to help.
But La Sommeliere in Miyuki Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City is certainly becoming a habit as not only I can conduct my tasting in the best conditions possible but also exchange views at the same time!

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This time we tasted a classic by Oomuraya Brewery in Shimada City: Nagai Ki No Hashi Junmai Ginjo!
“Nagai Ki No Hashi” stands for Horai Bridge in Shimada City which holds the Guinness Book World Record of the longest pedestrian wooden bridge!

Rice milled down to 55%
Yeast: Shizuoka NEW-5
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 2.0
Acidity: 1.3
Amino acids: 1.1
Bottled in December 2015

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Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: assertive, dry, fresh and fruity
Lime, pears, green apples, banana, gin
Body: fluid
Taste: dry and fruity attack backed up with solid junmai petillant.
Complex. Green apples, dry custard.
Stays dry all the way through.
Lingers on palate only for a while before departing on strong notes of dry coffee beans, dry dark chocolate and dry almonds.

Overall: Both elegant and straightforward sake.
Can be enjoyed on its own at room temperature or as “nurukan” up to 45 degrees, or with a meal, especially as an aperitif as its dryness will disappear quickly enough and enhances the following glass of wine.
Actually drinks like a very dry Alsace wine!
Suggested pairings: sauerkraut, cold meats, feta cheese.

LA SOMMELIERE

420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 7-5, Aiseido Bldg, 1F
Tel. & Fax: 054-266-5085
Opening hours: 11:00~22:00, 12:00~18:00 on Sundays & National Holidays
FACEBOOK (Japanese)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Oomuraya Brewery: Oniotome, “Sachi” Hiyaoroshi Tokubetsu Junmai

Oomuraya Brewery started this series called “Oniotome”, that is “the Goblin’s Wife” a few years ago to keep company with their famous brand, “Oni Goroshi/To KIll a Goblin”, and it has ever been so successful!
It is put out four times a year and we can at last savor the Hiyaoroshi/pasteurized only once Autumn version called “Sachi/Happiness”!

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The Oniotome is still sporting her horns on the label which is fast becoming a collector’s item!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in September 2015

Clarity: very clear
Color: faint golden hue
Aroma: Assertive, dry and fruity.
Banana, dark chocolate, custard.
Body: fluid
Taste: very dry and fruity attack backed with strong junmai petillant.
Complex: bitter dark chocolate, bananas, faint coffee beans.
Lingers for a little while warming up the back of the palate before departing on an even drier note with strong hints of dark chocolate.
Turns somewhat mellower with food accompanied by the appearance of oranges before veering back onto a drier note.
Easy to drink in spite of its marked dryness and thanks to its fruitiness.

Overall: A remarkable sake as ever in the series started over 2 years ago because of its very dry fruitiness making it enjoyable on its own at all temperatures but also with food!
A sure value we can look forward to every year! No wonder the name of this seasonal brew is “Happiness”!
Suggested pairings: potato salad, cheese, chocolate desserts.

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Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) Restaurant: Soba Gen in Shimada City!

Service: very kind and smiling
Equipment & Facilities: Old but very clean. Washroom equipped for physically-impaired customers
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Soba/buckwheat noodles, sushi. Pottery on sale

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I discovered this very traditional soba/buckwheat noodles restaurant near the Shimada Municipal Meuseum when I visited the old Ooi River Crossing Village/Kawagoshi Kaidou!
It made for the perfect stop for lunch during a very interesting visit of this important historical site!

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A very traditional entrance!

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It actually doubles up as a pottery atelier and you can find fine artifacts right from the moment you enter the place!

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Some of it is for sale inside the restaurant!

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And you can have a good view of the kitchen and working chef!

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A really peaceful rural atmosphere!

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Traditional Shizuoka Soba with grated yam!

The menu is fairly extensive including even sushi!
As for soba, they are very traditional and authentic!

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This was my order!

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Cold soba with tenpura/Ten Oroshi Soba!

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Absolutely succulent!
Definitely looking forward to my next visit as I want to visit the village a bit more thoroughly in more clement weather!

SOBA GEN/そば玄

427-0037 Shimada City, Kawahara, 2-14-5
Tel.: 0547-34-3332
Mobile: 090-5617-7548
Opening hours: 11:00~14:00 (on week ends: 11:00~15:00). From 17:00, on reservation only
Closed on Mondays and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Open on Monday if it is a National Holiday
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Cake & Coffee Set at din/g.place in Shimada City!

Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities & Equipment: Spotless clean overall. beautiful washroom. Entirely non-smoking
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: Cakes, desserts, lunch sets and week end brunches

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The other day I had the occasion to pay my first visit to a cafe opened about two years ago in Shimada City, a city fast developing into a gastronomic venue: din/g.place!

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The place is only opened only in daytime until 18:00 unless you reserve for a party of more than 5 guests past this time. Not only it is spotless clean in a new passage building, it is also completely non-smoking!
The setting inside the large cafe allows you to choose a table to your liking.

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Even for a cafe the menu is really extensive.
For lunch they propose no less than four different sets, not only scrumptious but very reasonable.
The week end brunches are very popular and the desserts offer a good possibility of combinations!

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I recommend a table by the window opening onto an interior terrace!

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For this visit I opted for a combination of two desserts and a coffee for a mere 1,050 yen!

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The double dessert!

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Delicious baked cheese cake!

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Very generous panacotta!

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And coffee!

Looking forward to my next visit for lunch in particular!

din/g.place
Cafe & dining

Shimada City, Hon Toori, 1-1-10, Miyanokomichi Passage
Tel.: 0547-35-5005
Opening hours: 11:00~18:00, 08:30~18:00 on week ends. 17:00~21:00 on reservation only (from 5 guests~)
Closed on Mondays
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
FACEBOOK

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Cafe: O-cha Bokko in Ieyama, Kawane Cho, Shimada City!

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Service: very friendly and ever smiling
Equipment & facilities: basic but very clean
Prices: very reasonable
Strong points: home-made cakes. Crafts

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The other day when I visited my good friend Osamu Kurosawa/黒澤修さん in Ieyama, kawane-Cho, Shimada City he told me I had to pay a visit to a good friend of his, Mr. Fujio Hino/飛野藤雄さん, who, after retirement, opened a very original cafe 9 years ago along a mountain road overlooking Ieyama!

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The place looks like a pyramid having landing out of nowhere all surrounded with artifacts made from natural products and finds!

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In good weather you can avoid the crowded interior and relax outside!

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For cat lovers?

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The atelier at the back!

Mr. Hino is more of a hobby artist than of a cafe entrepreneur!
Only coffee, tea and soft drinks are available, but if you give him a phone call beforehand you can bring you own alcohol (that he enjoys much, too!) and even your own food!

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Succulent Japanese-style cake with Kawane=Cho green tea!

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And the home-made chiffon cake is a real beauty!

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Apparently many famous people left their signatures!

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A minuscule counter for about 6 people right in the middle of an atelier!

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Take your time and a good look at all the real and cute objets d’art created with local natural products!

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A game for the kids!

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Now, what is this?

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Mr. Hino is capable to create real-life insects with hemp palm (棕櫚 in Japanese)!

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He made those two just for me!

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Don’t forget to look around!
A pagoda still in its making!

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Pine cone owls everywhere!

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Do pay him a visit any time!
The most original cafe in the whole Shizuoka Prefecture!

O-Cha Bokko Cafe
Owner: Mr. Fujio Hino/飛野藤雄

428-0104 Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Ieyama, 1806-15 (400 m above Owada Station along the Oigawa Railway Line.)
The SL Train will run past it at 10:20, 11:07 and 12:14
tel.: 09054977728
Opening hours: 10:00~18:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Small car park available
BLOG (Japanese)

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Osaka-Style Takoyaki: Tonbo in Shimada City!

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Service: shy but very kind and smiling
Equipment & facilities: Old but very clean. Clean washroom
Prices: reasonable
Strong points: takoyaki and okonomiyaki and other traditional izakaya foods. Local sake

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The other day having some time to spare I walked along streets near Shimada Railway Station north exit when I found this little place which seemed very popular with the locals. Luckily enough I came in early enough before the place was packed with revelers!

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The atmosphere is reminiscent of the 1960’a and 1970’s and I suspect the whole place dates back to that period with the only concession of a modernized washroom to our present era!

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The food is cooked afresh in front of you and it is worth waiting for it!

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Even the chef seems straight out of a past age!

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No wonder the place is popular with the locals but also with the visiting Chinese and Taiwanese tourists straight out of Shimada Airport!

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The drinks menu and the menu cartes are also very traditional including a sake from neighboring Oumuraya Brewery!

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My sake!

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Also noticed an intriguing wine liquor!

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As this first visit was dedicated to Osaka=style takoyaki/octopus dumplings I first ordered a plate of takoyaki with soy sauce, mayonnaise and chopped scallions accompanied with a glass of wine liqueur!

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Osaka-style takoyaki are soft and burning hot!

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My second order was takoyaki in “Akashi Yaki” style, that is as it is with a hot clear soup to dip them in!

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Eat them while they are very hot!

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Look forward to the next report which will be about okonomiyaki and other morsels!

TONBO

427-0029 Shimada City, Hinode-Cho, 1-1 ( few minutes’ walk straight from Shimada JR Station North exit)
Tel.: 0547-35-7635
Opening hours: 17:00~22:00
Closed on Sundays and national Holidays.
Orders on the phone and take-out OK!

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Mr. Osamu Kurosawa’s Home In Ieyama, Shimada City! (Third Visit!)

I finally managed to pay a belated visit to my good friend Osamu Kurosawa in Ieyama, Shimada City!
Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, a very old friend of mine, decided after retirement as an officer at the Shizuoka Municipal Library to buy an old farm house in Ieyama, Shimada City for a meaningful life, now that he has plenty of time not only to really enjoy it but to make other people also share his pleasure.
Osamu is actually the recognized expert on Shizuoka, especially Shizuoka City, history and culture and has already published a number of books and papers on it.
He does not intend whatsoever to rest on his laurels and has embarked on a mission to promote the town he is presently living in.
He has just registered his home a member of Japanese Airbnb under the name, “Shimada Ieyama Shounso”, to provide cheap accommodation with all necessary facilities for people and tourists wishing to experience the real Japanese rural life in the “outback” of Shizuoka Prefecture!

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The small farmhouse has been completely refurbished for comfort and everyday life at a walking distance from Ieyama Station along the Oigawa Railway Line extending from Kanaya, Shimada City to Ikawa in the Japanese Southern Alps!

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The view from the first floor entrance!

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It stands by real tea fields of Kawane, producing top-class green tea in Japan!

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The entrance itself gives a good indication of what to expect inside!

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Ask Osamu to translate his own life’s philosophy!

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I have already described the interior during my first visit and second visit.
The place has been considerably reformed since, especially the kitchen and the tatami room here above!

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The guest room on the second floor! Sorry, it was a bit dark when I visited it!

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It has its own terrace!

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A real Japanese atmosphere!

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The place is still full of artifacts and real history and antiques that Osamu will have a pleasure to introduce to all!

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But my favorite place is still the Japanese traditional hearth (irori/囲炉裏), whatever the season!

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Always ready for a cooking fire!

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A landscape pot made with local wild plants!

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Osamu went as far as to create his own coasters and under-plates!

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I had brought a very unusual sake from Niigata prefecture for Osamu who is a great lover of good food drink!

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We shared around a barbecue of enormous chicken wings cooked over charcoal!

Looking forward to the next visit!

Do visit Osamu Kurosawa on his FACEBOOK blog as he is fluent in English and Spanish!

OSAMU KUROSWA/黒澤修さん

Shimada City, Kawane Cho, Ieyama, 763-2
Tel.: 09085525739

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Shizuoka Prefecture Hot Springs On The Cheap: “Itawari No Yuu” in Shimada City

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Shizuoka Prefecture is probably the most famous and visited prefecture in Japan when it comes to hot springs spas, but quite a few visitors hesitate to visit them because they are misled into thinking that they uniformly expensive.

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The roda sign indicating “Tashiro no Sato Spa/田代の郷温泉”, the original name of the spa where “Itawari No Yuu/伊太和里の湯” is located!

Actually it very much possible to Visit hot springs spas in day-time without having to stop for the night and very reasonable at that!

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One of them is located in the middle of nature in the northern part of Shimada City in Central Shizuoka Prefecture.
The name of the Spa is “田代の郷温泉/Tashiro no Sato Onsen” where the actual bathouse is called “Itawari No Yuu/伊太和里の湯”.
One can reach it by car or by Shimada City-sponsored community bus (only 200 yen!) at the terminal of the Itawari No Yu Bus Line.

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It was built only 6 years alongside a popular retired citizens homes inside a small park with the whole place electricity provided by nearby solar panels!

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The place is fully equipped for all visitors including physically impaired bathers!

But keep in mind that visitors bearing tattoos, be they real or stickers are not welcome, and neither are pets!

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Now, do remember not to make the same mistake I made: as this is sponsored by the City the service is minimal if very welcoming. DO NOT FORGET TO BRING YOUR OWN TOWEL!. If you do you still can buy a small one for 300 yen inside the premises

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Simple admission to the bath fees are as in order (first line) for single tickets for adults, primary school students and senior citizens. The price below are for a set of 11 tickets!

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The lobby and small souvenir shop!

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The restaurant!
Bear also in mind you are not allowed to bring in food or drinks from outside!

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Drinks including alcohol can be bought on site!

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If you wish to take a meal take a good look at the pictures describing the reasonably-priced homey food!

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The recommendations of the day!

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The Dragon’s choice: sashimi and seafood bowl set!

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My choice: tempura bowl set!

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The lunch sets once again introduced in their popularity order!

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Buy your meal first through ht meal ticket automatic vending machine!

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You can choose your seat at a table or on a tatami floor!

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You can even choose a table under the veranda outside along a Japanese garden!

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My lunch set!

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Tempura bowl!

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Quite good actually with prawns, fish and vegetables!

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The Dragon’s lunch set!

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Typical seafood dish in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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Quite satisfying to eat this up in the mountains!

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Washroom for physically-impaired visitors!

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The entrance to the male bathers public and outdoor baths!

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View from the indoors baths where one still has to wash himself before diping his body in the baths indoors or outdoors!

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The outdoors male baths!

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Free rest armchairs (some massage chairs are available for a fee)!

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Although we did first have a bath in the public facilities we wanted to relax in privacy and had booked (booking compulsory by phone) a private room with private bath!

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A family of five can fit in! perfect for a couple!

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Fully equipped!

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With its own little private garden!

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Bathtub view from the garden!

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Don’t forget to wash yourself first!

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Take the wooden covers off the bath!

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Take a dip!
Don’t worry, the bathtub will fill up automatically! Japanese hi-tech!

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Low-tech equipment for physically-impaired bathers provided!

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Washroom equipped for any needs!

“Itawari No Yuu Hot Springs/伊太和里の湯”

Shimada City, Ita, 88-1
Tel.: 0547-33-1148
Opening ours: 09:00~21:00 (last entrance~20:30)
Closed on Mondays or next day if Monday is a National Holiday
Entrance fee (for public bath): adults: 410 yen, Primary school students: 300 yen
Private room with bath (on reservation only): 2,000 yen (2 hours)
Smoking not allowed anywhere except inside special enclosure
Tattoos or stickers not allowed
Pets not allowed
Own food or drinks not allowed inside
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Access: by community buses from Shimada Station North Exit Bus Stop (check schedules!) or by own transport: 15~30 minutes

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Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

Kura: Traditional Japanese warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 24: Shimada City, Tochiyama

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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If you get off at Rokugo JR Station (六合駅) and walk towards Shimada City you will discover two kuras before you reach the Tochiyama Bridge (栃山橋) over theOotsuya River (大津谷川).

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The Tochiyama Bridge (栃山橋)

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You will find the first not halfway from Rokugo Station!

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It is standing beside a very large traditional Japanese house which seems unoccupied but the kura itself is in good repair and obviously used by local farmers. It must have been owned by the former rich owners of the house.

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The windows were kept open, a sure sign of use!

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Back view.

All the walls and roof are in very good repair.

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Side view.

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Front angled view.

Unfortunately it was very difficult to access.

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Very little space between the door and the house!

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Beautiful pinion!

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Well maintained rain drainage!

I really wished I could have gone inside!

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You will find the second one your left just before the bridge!

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Very old and slightly derelict it is still very much in use!

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It is comparatively very big with a lot of roofing!

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It certainly needs a good scrub and re-plastering!

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Very long!

I suspect it is being used as a warehouse by local tea growers!

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Only the back has been clearly repaired!

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Mind you, the whole edifice still looks very very strong!

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The original pinion is still there!

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I’ve always wondered what these contraptions are for!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City