Take a local bus from Kinosaki Onsen to Izushi, where English speaking 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 heads to Izushi, you may see an Oriental White Stork, a 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 (attraction admission fees, transport fees, and 5 plates of soba included in price)]
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
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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