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 – Enjoy a tour of a Snow Refrigeration system, sample sake and other brews by Hakkaisan, sample and purchase Bahmkuchen and other local traditional foods and sauces, check out the micro brewery and bakery. 3 restuarants on the premise. A wonderful afternoon in a feel-good natural setting. 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