[:en]The video features struggling agents who have been sent to Tōkyō to advertise the charm of Kaminoseki Town. As the agents passionately try to talk about Kaminoseki Town to the people in Tōkyō, they themselves come to realize just how charming the town is. When you look at the facial expressions of people who try the special pufferfish from Kaminoseki Town, you can’t help but try it yourself.

 

 

Kaminoseki Town, located in the south-eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, is made up of the southernmost tip of the Murotsu peninsula, as well as many islands like Iwai Island and Ya Island. The town has a mild climate, because it is almost completely surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea. The town name has the same origin as Shimonoseki Town, also located in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. The name comes from the fact that both towns used to be places where ship freight was inspected at the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. The town has prospered as a place of sea traffic since long time ago, and today it is also known for its beautiful scenery.

Access to Kaminoseki Town

Arriving by plane:

Approx. 1 hour 40 min. from Haneda Airport to Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport, and then approx. 1 hour 20 min. to Kaminoseki Town by a car.

Arriving by train:

Approx. 4 hours 15 min. from Tōkyō Station to Tokuyama Station by a Shinkansen train, then approx. 40 min. from Tokuyama Station to Yanaiminato Station via JR Sanyō Main Line, and finally approx. 35 min. from Yanai Port to Kaminoseki Port.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Kaminoseki Town

 

Nakanoura Beach

A seaside resort that faces a bay with calm waves. Many beachgoers visit this popular place for its clear water, and the mountain scenery. Outside summer season, you can enjoy camping and do barbecue at the beach.

 

Shiroyama Historical Park

A park located on the former site of Kaminoseki castle, which was built by Murakami clan, a clan of pirates who were active in the whole Seto Inland Sea until the Sengoku period. Since the park is located on a slightly elevated ground, you can view the picturesque scenery of the Seto Inland Sea. Many people visit the park to view the Kawazu cherry blossoms that are in full bloom from the end of February until the end of March, together with the promenade decorated with narcissus flowers.

 

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Kaminoseki Town

Pufferfish

When someone mentions pufferfish, people think of Shimonoseki City, but the pufferfish dishes of Kaminoseki Town are also very well known. Usually the pufferfish is so thinly sliced that you can see the design of the plate through it. However, Kaminoseki Town has a characteristic pufferfish that is sliced quite thick, and because of that, it is very filling. Luxurious pufferfish like this can only be found in Kaminoseki Town.

 

Famous Must-see Festivals To See When Visiting Kaminoseki Town

 

Kamimai

An event that has been held on Iwai Island once every four years since 886. Kagura (a type of Shinto theatretical dance) is presented at Imibetsu Shrine in Oita Prefecture for five days. Plenty of boats decorated with fisherman’s flags come to greet people on the island. The amount of people who visit the island to participate in the festival is higher than the population of the island, and the whole island gets lively.

 

Kaminoseki Town is a lovely town surrounded by sea, where the water is clean, and where you can enjoy delicious pufferfish.

 [:ja]東京で上関町の魅力をPRするよう命じられたエージェントが奮闘する動画です。東京の人々に上関町について熱く語るうちに、エージェント自身が上関町の魅力に気づくというストーリー。上関町特産のフグを味わう人の表情を見ると思わず食べたくなります。

 

 

山口県の南東部に位置する上関町は、室津半島の先端と長島、祝島(いわいしま)、八島(やしま)などで構成される町です。町のほとんどを瀬戸内海に囲まれているため、気候は温暖です。町名は同じ山口県の下関市と同様、かつて瀬戸内海に設置されていた、船の荷物を検査する場所に由来します。古くから海上交通の拠点として栄え、現在では美しい風景が町の見どころとなっています。

 

上関町へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:

羽田空港から岩国錦帯橋空港(いわくにきんたいきょうくうこう)まで約1時間40分。自動車で約1時間20分。

電車の場合:

新幹線で東京駅から徳山駅まで約4時間15分。JR山陽本線で徳山駅から柳井港駅まで約40分。フェリーで柳井港から上関渡船場まで約35分。

 

上関町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

中ノ浦海水浴場

湾に面しており波の穏やかな海水浴場です。美しい水質と山々が見渡せる風景が人気で、多くの海水浴客が集まります。他の季節にはキャンプやバーベキューなども楽しめます。

 

城山歴史公園

戦国時代まで瀬戸内海一体で活動した水軍(海賊)である村上水軍が築いた上関城跡に整備されている公園です。小高いところにあるため、瀬戸内海の絶景を望むことができます。2月の下旬から3月中旬の頃には河津桜が咲き誇り、スイセンを楽しめる散歩道とともに訪れた人を楽しませます。

 

上関町に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

フグ

フグというと下関市が有名ですが、この上関町のふぐ料理もよく知られています。一般的にフグは、皿の模様が見えるほど薄切りにして味わうことが多いのですが、上関町では厚めに切るのが特徴です。そのため食べごたえがあり、フグを贅沢に味わえるのが他にはない魅力と言えるでしょう。

 

上関町で見ておきたい!有名なお祭り

神舞(かみまい)

西暦886年から4年に一度、祝島で行われる神事です。大分県の伊美別宮社(いみべつぐうしゃ)から5日間に渡り、神楽が奉納されます。海では大漁旗で飾ったたくさんの船が出迎えます。この祭りを目当てに島の人口を上回る人が集まり、島中が賑やかな雰囲気に包まれます。

 

海に囲まれた上関町は、美しい海とおいしいふぐが楽しめる素敵な町です。

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