ABOUT THE SPOT
Visitors can enjoy strolling through the historical area of Katsuyama, either on their own or with a professional guide. The town is known for its Edo period (1603-1868) architecture of white plaster walls, or alternatively black slate with a white grid decoration on merchant houses. The town was originally a castle town, built at the foot of Katsuyama Castle, which no longer remains today.
In old times, Katsuyama town prospered due to its important location on the main road leading to Izumo. Katsuyama town was the first designated townscape preservation area in Okayama Prefecture.
In current times, the town is known year-round for its display of “noren” curtains, which traditionally were used to indicate whether a shop was open or not (if the noren was hung out, the shop was open; the noren was brought in at the end of the business day). In Spring, numerous shops and homes display traditional Girls’ Day dolls, and in autumn the town hosts an autumn festival that featuring dueling parade floats. A short walk up the hill behind the main road is an excellently and authentically preserved samurai residence.
ABOUT THE AREA
Located in northern Okayama Prefecture, Maniwa City is known for its green meadows, rolling hills and pasture land. The largest city in Okayama Prefecture by area, it is home to 50,000 residents who are more than willing to share their natural playground with visitors. One of more well-known areas in Maniwa is Hiruzen, which has a ski resort, amusement park and pastures. In the winter, the area is a magnet for winter sport enthusiasts who flock to the plateau to test the slopes. In the summer, people come to beat the heat and enjoy the locally produced dairy products.
Other popular sightseeing locations include Kanba Waterfall, Yubara Hot Spring, Katsuyama historical district, and in spring the 1,000-year-old Daigo Zakura cherry tree.
Foodies will love the local specialties like Hiruzen yakisoba (fried buckwheat noodles), Hiruzen okowa (sticky rice with vegetables and chicken), and dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and milk.
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