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Izushi Castle Town Tour, from a Local Guide!

From Kinosaki Onsen, head over to Izushi and transport back to Edo era while exploring the town!

Take a local bus from Kinosaki Onsen to Izushi, where guides will give you local tour of their own hometown. Izushi is Toyooka's quiet castle town that has retro stores, memorable attractions, and unique specialties. As the bus runs along the majestic Maruyama River, you may see the lucky Oriental White Stork, a species of bird that was once extinct in Japan but was reintroduced right here in Toyooka. In Izushi, you will have the chance to explore the Izushi Castle Ruins, Shinkoro Clock Tower, Samurai House, Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre (closed on Thursdays), and more! You will also enjoy a lunch of Izushi Sara Soba, a local specialty in which one portion is served on 5 small plates.
[Participation Fee]
2 people: 13,400 yen per adult
3 people: 10,500 yen per adult
4 people: 9,000 yen per adult
5 people: 8,100 yen per adult
6 people: 7,500 yen per adult
*child participation fee: 1,000 yen discount for children ages 6-11

Plan
2 participants (price per adult)
3 participants (price per adult)
4 participants (price per adult)
5 participants (price per adult)
6 participants (price per adult)
Sales period
2019/03/012019/11/30
Meeting spot
SOZORO Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information [Izushi Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre] 17-2 Izushichoyanagi, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo PrefectureMAP
Retailer・Organizing company
TOYOOKA TOURISM INNOVATION
Fare
p.p JPY 7,500 (tax included)~
Information
[Schedule (Weekday)]
10:00 Meet with guide at SOZORO   
10:09 Depart by JR train from Kinosaki Onsen Station
10:24 Arrive at Toyooka Station
    =Transfer to bus=
10:35 Depart by bus from Toyooka Station
11:05 Arrive at Izushi
11:10 Izushi Castle Ruins
11:30 Shinkoro Clock Tower
11:40 Lunch: Izushi Sara Soba
12:30 Samurai House (Karoyashiki) 
13:00 Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre *If closed, we will go to Sake Cellars.
13:43 Depart by bus from Izushi
14:20 Arrive at Toyooka Station
    =Transfer to train=
14:25 Depart by JR train from Toyooka Station
14:35 Arrive at Kinosaki Onsen Station
    End of tour

[Schedule (Weekend)]
10:00 Meet with guide at SOZORO   
10:13 Depart by bus from Kinosaki Onsen Station
11:05 Arrive at Izushi
11:10 Izushi Castle Ruins
11:30 Shinkoro Clock Tower
11:40 Lunch: Izushi Sara Soba
12:30 Samurai House (Karoyashiki)
13:00 Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre
13:40 Depart by bus from Izushi
14:33 Arrive at Kinosaki Onsen Station
    End of tour

Shinkoro Clock Tower, the symbol of Izushi. During the Edo Period, someone would play a drum from the tower to signal the time at 8 am. While there is an electric clock inside the tower now, they still play the drums at 8 am, 1 pm, and 5 pm.

Izushi’s specialty dish is Izushi soba, which is served in small portions on small plates. There are about 50 soba noodle shops in Izushi that showcase this interesting serving method. Generally, one portion of Izushi Sara Soba is 5 plates. Many shops will give you a small plaque for eating 20 plates of sara soba in one sitting. You can add condiments such as wasabi, green onions, and eggs according to your preference.

The Samurai House (known as Karoyashiki in Japanese) is the former residence of high-ranking samurai during the late Edo Period. It now holds many samurai artifacts. From the outside, it looks like a one-story building. But, once you step inside, you will discover that it is a two-story building with hidden stairs.

Opened in 1901, Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre is the oldest working kabuki theater in the Kansai Area. The theater was restored in 2008 after some renovations, and now hosts kabuki and rakugo performances. When there are no performances, you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the stage, seats, and behind and under the stage as well. The Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre is closed on Thursdays.

In the spring, cherry blossoms surround the ruins of the feudal lord's castle. To the side, 37 vermilion torii gates line the steps that lead up to the Inari Shrine.

We'll take Toyooka's Zentan bus to and from Izushi!

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