At the main stops along the train line free drinks are provided such as sweet sake and ginger tea. Local manufacturers set up booths to introduce their products. One example of this is the bamboo goods specialist Teori at the Mabi stop with their excellent furniture and houseware.
Access: Take the Hakubi Line from Okayama Station to Kiyone Station. Transfer to the Ibara Line.
About the Area
Ibara is an inland city in the far west of Okayama Prefecture and shares a border with the cities of Takahashi, Soja and Kasaoka and the town of Yakage in Okayama Prefecture, as well as the city of Fukuyama and the town of Jinsekikogen in Hiroshima Prefecture.
Ibara is committed to preserving its cultural heritage and this is visible through its public spaces. Yomeirazu Kannon-in is beautiful temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. Chuseiyumei-ga-hara is a village where visitors can come in contact with how people lived in ancient times.
Takahashi is a city with a rich feudal history that is exemplified by Bitchu Matsuyama Castle and the former samurai residential district.
Soja is a city of shrines and temples, including a 5-tiered pagoda that locals say was visited by legendary singer Karen Carpenter in the 1970s. One of the city’s more recent additions is the Kinojo Castle reconstruction, which is based on an ancient Korean-style fortress that one occupied the spot.
Kasaoka is a port town with a deep fishing heritage. It has become quite well-known for its picturesque Seto Inland Sea Islands.
Yakage was one of the main stops on the Sanyo Road to the Edo (today’s Tokyo) during feudal times. Visitors from around the globe come for a taste of traditional Japanese town life and a chance to experience living culture.
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