Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This past weekend was a 3-day weekend, unfortunately, Satoshi had to work on Saturday.

On Sunday, the weather was sunny and clear, so we headed out to Banshu-Ako.

From Osaka it took us about 2 hours by train to get there.

The rice fields looked really pretty from the train.

Satoshi has been on a history kick as of late and has been checking out all sorts of historical places and watching all sorts of movies.

Anyway, Banshu-Ako is one of these historical places.

At Kagakuji, you can see this huge matsu (pine) it is actually the 2nd one, the first generation's trunk is displayed in the rest area of the temple and it was so huge, it was cut in half!

About a 5 minute walk from this temple, is the ruins of the Ako castle and Ako-Ooishi Shrine.

If I understood things correctly, the family of the leader of the 47-ronin, Ooishi, built this shrine.

From here we caught a shuttle called the Kurachan-go for 100 yen which took us to see the fishing village near Sakoshi Bay.

FYI: you will get carsick on the ride, the road goes through the mountains and is very winding...blah!

We explored the Sakoshi Bay area for an hour, until the next shuttle came. (Actually, we should've gotten off a couple stops earlier to check out the seafood market, there were apparently a lot of eateries there...)

There were many old homes and I was amazed at how narrow their alleyways were.

The local temple was also preparing for a festival to pray for a good fishing season.

Because we missed the seafood market, lunch was super late (like 4-ish?!).

And being that it was a Sunday (and a 3-day weekend), not much in town was open.

We were happy that Kinugasa was.

I ordered their Tako Tendon...850 yen.

This came with a generous amount of tako (octopus) tempura. The octopus was caught in the Ako area.

There was also some veggies--shishito (Japanese pepper), eggplant, renkon (lotus root).

The tako was really chewy but delicious.

Satoshi went with the Ako Shio Negi Soba...650 yen this was a soba with a shio (salt) broth and topped with negi (green onion).

Both the salt & negi were local items.

He really enjoyed this.

Satoshi also tried the yaki-anago (grilled conger eel)...680 yen. This was grilled right in front of us and he enjoyed this also.

The eel was also a local item too.

The other thing I liked about this shop was that they used 90% local and "made in Japan" items.

And then it was time to head back to Osaka.

It was kind of a long day, but I'm glad Satoshi got to see some areas that he had been interested in seeing.

56-4 Kariya-ekimae
Ako, Hyogo
Phone: 0791.42.0194


KirkK said...

I hope you didn't get too carsick Kat! The food looks quite good.

K said...

Yay for local and domestic items! I'm glad you were able to get out for a little bit of the holiday weekend.

K and S said...

I just needed some fresh air to revive myself, Kirk :p

we were happy to get out and about too K!

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

Long day but man what cool and interesting things you got to experience. I would totally have loved this - mention seafood and I'm in.

K and S said...

yeah we should've gotten off the bus earlier, time, hopefully :)

Take care.

The Squishy Monster said...

Sounds like you had a crazy (but fun and yummy) day!

K and S said...

indeed Squishy Monster :)

Take care.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Hmmm jealous of your mini-getaway. There are so many places that I've never been in Japan, especially "inaka" area. I need to spend like 1-2 years traveling around. But now the only question is when... sigh. I miss home~~! I went to rice field for the first time over the weekend. I never even been one in Japan.

K and S said...

we've been lucky Nami, over the past 10 years and have been to most areas of Japan though there are still some areas we want to see.

Take care.