Michi-no-eki means “road station” in Japanese and are well-loved rest stops that you can find along rural and suburban roads across Japan. They are known for their large parking lots, which accommodate cars, buses, vans and motorbikes for quick stopovers or overnight stays.
Michi-no-eki usually have a restaurant or at least one or two eateries, a sundries shop and a farmer’s market that sells local produce. Kibichuo Town’s Kamogawa Enjo Road Station is a good rural example of these non-highway rest stops.
Within the road station’s traditional Japanese-style building you will find a restaurant, an udon noodle shop and a green grocer, where you can sample the best of the areas fruit and vegetables.
For a prime selection, visit a Wednesday morning market or asa ichi and meet some of the local farmers. If you are around in the autumn, the bright spectrum of orange and yellow pumpkins will definitely catch your eye.
While you are in Kibichuo Town, have a look at some of the other local spots. Iwakura is a nearby park with sweeping views of the area. It also has an interesting monument of metallic spheres with a curious wooden tower structure next to it.
Ukankei Gorge Nature Park is a gift to the senses in all four seasons. The fiery red arched bridge that spans the river that runs through the valley is the perfect vantage point from which to take in the cherry blossoms in the spring and the brilliant colors of the autumn leaves. You can even enjoy splashing around in the river in the summer.
Keep in mind that Kibichuo is highly regarded as a touring destination for motorists and cyclists, on account of its well-maintained network of roads, which are both scenic and safe with a few twists and turns thrown in.
About the Area
Kibichuo Town is a located within the Chugoku Mountains and is comprised of fertile highland farmland and expansive forests. Its natural scenic beauty has long attracted the attention of visitors from around the country and in recent years, international travelers have followed suit. Easily accessible from both Okayama Station and Okayama Airport, Kibichuo Town is the perfect getaway.
Access: Take the Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuwatari Station. Take a 35 minute taxi ride from JR Fukuwatari Station to Michi-no-eki Kamogawa Enjo Road Station.
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