Please enjoy the rich culture and activities of the area near IUJ’s campus, and a bus/train ride away. And be sure to enjoy the amazing food too.
And below are featured information websites and specific events or places to enjoy
- Osaki Dam – Feed the colorful Koi, Enjoy the Koi No Bori (Carp Kites) during Golden Week, and the Sakura – Cherry trees in the Spring. Anytime, enjoy a nice walk in nature. Located 3K from campus.
- While there, visit Hakkaisan Shrine, and have Soba (buckwheat noodles) at the restaurant behind the shrine. Then stroll down the path for a refreshing nature walk. This is the entry to Hakkaisan mountain hiking trail.
- Hakkaisan Sake Brewery – At Uonuma no Sato, the home of Hakkaisan sake brewery, enjoy a tour of a Snow Refrigeration system, sample sake and other brews by Hakkaisan (including non-alcohol drinks), sample and purchase Baum kuchen and other local traditional foods and sauces, check out the micro brewery and bakery. 3 restaurants on the premise – one favorite it “Minna no Shokudo” – everyone’s cafeteria. A wonderful afternoon in a feel-good natural setting. Many IUJ students bike to Uonuma no Sato, about 9K each way. Some even walk! Japanese page is here。 And check out their Facebook page.
Ojiya Balloon Festival – held the 3rd weekend of February Enjoy hot air balloons as they lift off from the snow field. Even ride in one!
Ojiya “bull fights” – between May and November each year, on select weekends, marvel at the massive bulls as they are led out by their trainers and “fight” sumo style!
Ojiya Fireworks Display – Enjoy the unique fireworks display: each firework is dedicated to someone in the town to celebrate births, birthdays, engagements, weddings and more. This display includes the Guiness Book of World Record launch each year! September 8 and 9