Toyooka Art Season

Izushi Eirakukan

ABOUT

Built in 1901, this is the oldest kabuki theatre in the Kansai region.
After being closed in 1964, the building was restored and reopened to the public in 2008.
With its reopening, tours began letting visitors see up close the features of the kabuki theatre. Visitors are taken behind the scenes on a guided tour, where they can see the main runway, the original production signs, below the stage and into the dressing rooms.
The theatre is still in use today, with performers of rakugo (storyteller performances), kabuki and others taking to the stage every year in this impressive theatre.

Open: 9.30-17.00
Closed: every Thursday
URLhttp://www.izushi-tmo.com/eirakukan/

WHERE

17-2 Yanagi Izushi-cho Toyooka-shi,Hyogo.Japan

WHEN

Kinosaki

Kinosaki

Kinosaki

Kinosaki has seven public hot spring bathhouses, each with its own style and charm. Bathe in each one to find your favorite; whether it’s bathing in the outdoors or in a cave, you are sure to find one that appeals to you.

Kinosaki

Kinosaki Onsen, the surrounding mountains, sea, river, traditional and cultural Japanese Inns, a central willow lined river, temple and shrine all offer beautiful views and peaceful sounds, feels as if you are relaxing in your own home / private getaway. Kinosaki is a very safe destination, the perfect luxury trip for families or the solo traveler.

Kinosaki

Walk the streets in your yukata, stop by the local merchants selling various specialties, soak in the foot baths while sipping on a local brew.

Kinosaki is a town renowned for its onsen and as the setting for the masterpiece, At Cape Kinosaki. The legendary author, Naoya Shiga, as well as authors of the Shirakabaha, and many more, visited the springs of Kinosaki. There, they experienced the 7 hot springs, lively hot spring district full of delicacies like crab, and the beauty of the surrounding nature, such as Maruyama River and Genbudō, which is said to have formed over 160,000 years ago due to volcanic activity. Now, artists have taken the place of writers who came to relax their bodies and minds and to arouse their imaginations.

Inquiry: Kinosaki Tourist Information Center
URL: http://www.kinosaki-spa.gr.jp/global/
Address: 357-1 Yushima Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka, Hyogo, 669-6101, Japan

Izushi

Izushi

Shinkorou (clock tower) - The clock tower was built in 1871, and still ticks away today as the town's symbol.

Izushi

Izushi Castle Ruins - The ruins of Izushi castle, which were built in 1604. The wooden bridge, which samurai once used to enter the castle has been reproduced. Placed at the foot of a mountain, this is the perfect place to wander around and get a feel for the deep history of Izushi castle town.

Izushi

Arikoyama-inari - Next to the castle ruins you will find a stone staircase lined with beautiful red tori gates all the way up to the shrine at the top.

Izushi is a castle town that flourished during the Edo era, about 200-300 years ago.
There are several fine displays of traditional architecture found throughout the town, this is why Izushi is designated as a national preservation district of important buildings.
The town is also famous for its own original style of soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles. Approximately 50 soba shops line the town's streets.

Inquiry: Izushi Tourist Association
URLhttp://www.izushi.co.jp/en/
Address104-7 Uchimachi Izushi-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo, 668-0214

Izushi Soba

Izushi Soba

Izushi Soba

Izushi`s speciality dish is Izushi soba which are noodles made of buckwheat. They are eaten with the Japanese soup stock dashi. Daikon (radish), grated yam, wasabi (Japanese horseradish), spring onions and raw egg (optional) are added to the dashi to taste. The freshly made noodles are then dipped in this soup mixture and eaten. At the end of the meal, the remaining soup is mixed with sobayu (the hot water in which the noodles were boiled) and can be drunk as a sort of tea. Izushi soba is served on lots of small Izushi ceramic plates. Enjoy as many plates as you want and see who can get the biggest stack!

Inquiry: Izushi Tourist Association
URLhttp://www.izushi.co.jp/en/
Address104-7 Uchimachi Izushi-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo, 668-0214

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