[:en]This video, which has a theme of today and tomorrow, features a female high school student, who introduces the scenery of Isumi City, while walking around the city. The video puts a spotlight on the citizens who live their lives surrounded by nature.

 

 

Isumi City is located in the south-eastern part of Chiba Prefecture, on the Bōsō Peninsula. The eastern part of the city faces the Pacific Ocean, and the inland area is covered with hills. The area has plenty of agriculture that utilizes the mild climate and the rich soil. There is an underground source of iodine in the western part of the city. One fourth of all the iodine that is produced around the world is produced in Isumi City and the surrounding areas.

Access to Isumi City

Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour 10 min. from Tōkyō Station to Ōhara Station by a JR limited express train.

Arriving by bus:
Access 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Kamatori Station by an airport shuttle bus, and then approx. 1 hour from Kamatori Station to Ōhara Station by a local train via JR Sotobō Line.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Isumi City

 

Taitōsaki Lighthouse

Isumi City has 66 kilometers of beautiful coast, which is also the southern tip of the Kujūkuri Beach (sandy beach). The famous 16-meter-tall Taitōsaki Lighthouse is located on the very southern tip of the coast, on Cape Taitō. There is a stunning panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, and many tourists go there to view the beautiful sunset, as well.

Ohara Port
Many people visit Ohara Port, which is near JR Ōhara Station, to buy fresh seafood. The port gets especially busy on Sunday mornings, because of “Harbor Morning Market” (jap. Minato no Asaichi), which is held weekly. Ohara Port is a perfect place to buy some delicious local food, such as marine products, and agricultural products that have been harvested in Isumi City, as well as processed goods. There is also a popular place where you can barbeque the stuff you buy on the spot. Ohara Port is also one of the few places in Japan, where you can try roasting and eating a whole Japanese spiny lobster.

Isumi Railway
A local railway that runs from through the center of the city, from the east to the west. The station buildings have an old-timey feel to them, and you can take it easy and enjoy the beautiful views that change from season to season from the train window. It feels like a whole different world, especially for people who are used to crowded commuter trains.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Isumi City

Ihachi Meshi
This local delicacy gets its name from the letter “i” of Isumi City and the famous engraver “Ihachi the carver of waves” (jap. Nami no Ihachi), who lived during the Edo period. In order for the dish to be called Ihachi Meshi, it has to use plenty of seasonal seafood and food from the mountains, and most of the ingredients must be from Isumi City. The city has many restaurants where you can enjoy delicious dishes made from seasonal ingredients, such as fresh vegetables, and seafood like Japanese spiny lobster.

Isumi City is a place that has a nostalgic feel to it, one that makes you want to take a picture of even the most normal scenery.

 [:ja]いすみ市の今と未来をテーマに、女子高校生が市内を回りながら、いすみ市の風景を紹介していきます。美しい自然の中でいきいきと暮らす人々にスポットを当てる内容になっています。

 

 

千葉県の南東部、房総半島にあるいすみ市。市の東側は太平洋に面し、内陸部は丘陵地が広がります。温暖な気候と豊かな土壌を活かした農業がさかんな地域です。市の西部には地下資源のヨウ素があり、周辺地域と合わせたヨウ素の採掘量は、世界の年間生産量の4分の1を占めます。

 

いすみ市へのアクセス

電車の場合:

JR特急で東京駅から大原駅まで約1時間10分。

バスの場合:

リムジンバスで羽田空港から鎌取駅まで約1時間。JR外房線の各駅停車で鎌取駅から大原駅まで約1時間。

 

いすみ市に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

太東埼(たいとうさき)灯台

いすみ市は全長66kmにわたる美しい海岸、九十九里浜の南端でもあります。その最南端にあるのが太東崎で、高さ16mほどの太東埼灯台が有名です。太平洋の水平線を一望できる絶景は圧巻で、美しい日の出を求めてやってくる観光客も多いスポットです。

大原漁港

JR大原駅にほど近い大原漁港には、新鮮な海の幸を求めて多くの人々が集まります。特に賑わいを見せるのは、毎週日曜日の午前中に開催される「港の朝市」です。海産物を始め、いすみ市で収穫された農産物や加工品など、いすみ市のおいしいものが購入できるます。買ったものをそのまま食べられるバーベキューも人気です。伊勢エビを丸焼きにして食べる体験は、ほかではなかなかできません。

いすみ鉄道

いすみ市の中央部を、東西に横切る形で走っているローカル線です。古き良き時代の雰囲気が味わえる駅舎や、季節ごとの風景が楽しめる車窓など、のんびりとした雰囲気を味わうことができます。通勤電車の混雑に慣れている人にとっては、180度異なる世界が広がっています。

 

いすみ市に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

 

伊八めし

いすみ市の「い」と、江戸時代に活躍した彫刻師「波の伊八」から名付けられたご当地グルメです。いすみ市の食材を中心に、季節の海の幸、山の幸をたっぷり使っていることが伊八飯の条件となっています。伊勢エビなどの魚介類や新鮮な野菜など、季節の美味しいもので作られた料理を、市内のお店で味わうことができます。

 

いすみ市はふとした風景を思わず写真に収めたくなる、どこか懐かしい雰囲気を感じられる場所です。

 

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