YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE AWAITS
THE BEST LOCAL TRIP
WITH OUR MEISTER GUIDES
Be Satisfied by the Spectacular View of One of the Three Major Matsushima Views of Japan
Discover the Rich Natural Environment and Culture Waiting for You on the Kamiamakusa Islands
Matsushima Kamiamakusa consists of approximately 20 islands offering fascinating sceneries such as the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
Feel comfortable with e-bikes in a clump of trees.
I visited Mr. Ohnishi who is very active at the forefront of cycling guide, so that I could experience a daily life of this town. He is a cyclist to the core, providing a best plan for each guest. He said, “The very attractive things for cycle trips are to be able to get further than you walk and to feel a gentle breeze blowing, the scents of each season in the air, and the sounds of insects, more than while you take a car,” and he showed me around his hometown by his bike. I rented an e-bike that was much more comfortable for beginners.
Kinshoji temple is one of the “New Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage Routes”
The first place we came by was ‘Kinshoji Temple’, known as one of temples of Soto sect, Shigenari Suzuki opened after ‘Shimabara-Amakusa Rebellion’ and also known as the oldest spot of the ‘New Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage’ in Amaukusa area, making you enjoy mini pilgrimage. Mr. Ohnishi said that the bridge connecting to Kinshoji temple was made of Aizu stone, registered as a cultural property. When he was a child, there were many stalls along this street to the bridge on the day of ‘Odaishi-san’, stands for Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) who is the founder of the sect. While looking at his profile reminded me of the old days of my childhood frolicking at the temple festival.
Ms. Masako Tachibana gives sweet smile.
We all smacked our lips over 90 years old cooking master, Ms.tachibana's cuisine.
“Why don’t we go for an early lunch?” Mr. Onishi said, and we head to ‘Amazura factory’ with exhilarating. Ms. Masako Tachibana, known as ‘the cooking master of local food in Kumamoto’, greeted us with smile. She cooks meal boxes and vegetarian cuisine of Kinshoji temple with her neighbors. Many dishes were served on the table outside, such as the local special dishes of Matsushima, ‘Buen-sushi’, vinegared rice mixed with raw fish in salt and vegetables, ‘Gane-age’, fried sweet potatoes, handmade peanuts tofu, and boiled and seasoned vegetables. She said, “As long as I’m healthy, I could work on for Kyoragi to let it people know through our local foods,” while having delicious lunch with smile.
From 2,000 yen for lunch used local ingredients.(Reservations Required)
Having a nice chat with Mr. Ohnishi who is engaged in a cycle guide of Kyoragi area.
“Rice Field Art” of Mt. Oidake, expressing a wild pig jumping out from a playing card.
At the end of the course, we reached Oidake Village, known for the handmade ‘Rice Field Art’ of people in this area while Mr. Ohnishi was telling us to enjoy the views of this season. And “Not only the Rice Field Art which offers the best term to view the coloring rice field from June to the middle of November, but also there are many things to see here all year around, such as wisteria flowers, sunflowers, cluster-amaryllis, and fireflies,” said Mr. Ohnishi.
I decided to make another visit here by his words.