[:en]The video is about the rich nature and warm hearted people of Kasama healing a man who’s tired of urban life casually visiting the city. It introduces popular places such as Kasama Inari Shrine and Azalea Park.

 

 

Kasama is located at the heart of Ibaraki prefecture and has developed as a temple town of Hasama Inari Shrine. Hasama is known for famous pottery called Hasama-ware which is made of its high quality soil. It is also famous for chestnut production and the planted area and the amount of production are the best among the country.

Access to Kasama-shi

By Train:
Approxi. an hour and 10 min by JR limited express from Tokyo Station to Tomobe Station. And it is approx. ten min by JR Mito Line local train from Tomobe Station to Kasama Station.

By Car:
From the Tokyo area is approx. one hour to the city area via Joban Expressway, Kita Kanto Expressway.

When you come to Kasama, some sites you really should visit

Kasama Inari Shrine
It is a Shrine dedicated for “Inari God” which is for praying for good harvest and thriving business and is counted as one of the three major Japanese Inari Shrine. The area has developed as their Shrine developed. Although the main shrine was rebuilt in the last years of Edo period, it was first built in year of 651, so the city has developed as the shrine developed. They have visitors throughout the year but it gets crowded especially from January 1st to the 3rd for Hatsumōde (japanese tradition of first visit of the year to a shrine made during the New Year).

 


Takimaefudōdō
They make the water coming from the back side look like two waterfalls coming down in the front. It seems like there are many foreigners coming to stand under the waterfalls for a part of Aikidō training.

 

Kasama Azalea Park
There is Mt. Fuji in Kasama. It is not the Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain you may think of. It is the 144 meters high small mountain in Hasama city. This Kasama Azalea Park located in the mountain gets filled with approx. 8500 of colorful azaleas from late April to early May. The unique view of the mountain covered in bright red is very popular for tourists as well.

When you come to Kasama, some food you really should try

Inari Sushi
When you think of Inari Shrine, you think of foxes, and when you think of foxes, you think of deep fried bean curd, and when you think of deep fried bean curd, you think of “Inari sushi (deep fried bean curd filled with rice). Kasama Inari Sushi is a unique inari sushi made with buckwheat, walnuts, mushrooms and such of local Kasama products.

 


Chestnut Dish
There is a shop where you can get food cooked with Hasama Chestnuts which is a special product of Kasama. Chestnuts are autumn products so it’s best if you eat them in the fall but on the city website, you can find “Kasama teku-teku Chestnut Picture Book” which is a pamphlet introducing restaurants and shops where you can get sweets and such for souvenirs.

Famous festivals in Kasama you should see:

Kasama Himatsuri Festival (Fire Festival)
This is a festival of ceramics held from April 29th to May 5th every year. It is said to be the biggest event among Ibaraki prefecture. You would see shops where you can buy Kasama-yaki products and not just the ceramics but the shops themselves will be hand made as well. It is going to be an event filled with unique features of artists.

Oldest Japanese Kiku (Chrysanthemum) Festival
Kasama Kiku Festival is held from end of October to end of November every year. It cerebrated 111th anniversary in 2018. There are chrysanthemums Doll Exhibitions made by specialists and approx. ten thousand chrysanthemums are displayed in the city during the event.

Kasama where has developed as a temple town never stop entertaining you with its chestnuts, ceramics, chysanthemums, Azalea, and more.

 

Ksama city Sightseeing information

http://www.kasama-kankou.jp/[:ja]都会の暮らしに疲れた男性が、ふらっと訪れた笠間市で、豊かな自然と温かい人々に癒やされる動画です。笠間稲荷神社やつつじ公園など、笠間市の名所スポットが紹介されています。

 

 

茨城県中部に位置する笠間市は、笠間稲荷神社の門前町として発展してきました。良質な土を活かした陶器作りが盛んで、笠間焼の名前で知られています。栗の産地でもあり、作付面積と生産量は全国一です。

笠間市へのアクセス

電車の場合:
JR特急で東京駅から友部駅まで約1時間10分。JR水戸線の各駅停車で友部駅から笠間駅まで約10分。

車の場合:
東京方面より常磐自動車道・北関東自動車道を経由して市街地まで約1時間。

 

笠間市に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

笠間稲荷神社
農作物の豊作や商売繁盛を願う「稲荷神」を祀る神社で、日本三大稲荷に数えられることもあります。現在の本殿は江戸時代末期に再建されたものですが、最初に建てられたのは651年とされ、この地域は笠間稲荷とともに歩んできました。年中多くの参拝客が訪れますが、特に正月の3が日には、初詣客でいっぱいになります。

 

 

滝入不動堂
裏手から流れ込む水を、2本の滝のように流しています。合気道の修行の一環として、ここで滝に打たれていく外国人が多いようです。

 

笠間つつじ公園
笠間市には富士山があります。富士山といっても、日本一高い山のほうではありません。笠間市にある、標高144mの小さな山です。そこに整備された笠間つつじ公園は、4月下旬から5月上旬にかけて、約8500株の色鮮やかなつつじが咲き誇ります。山全体が真っ赤に染まる珍しい光景は、観光客にも人気です。

笠間市に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

いなり寿司
稲荷神社といえばキツネ、キツネといえば油揚げ、油揚げといえば「いなり寿司」笠間のいなり寿司は、そば、くるみ、舞茸など笠間の食材を使った変わり種いなり寿司です。

 

栗料理
特産品となっている笠間市の栗を利用した料理を出す店があります。特に美味しいのは旬の秋ですが、おみやげにぴったりなスイーツなどを、年間を通じて販売しているお店をまとめたパンフレット「笠間てくてく栗図鑑」が、市のホームページで公開されています。

笠間市で見ておきたい!有名なお祭り

笠間の陶炎祭(ひまつり)
毎年4月29日から5月5日にかけて開催される、陶器の祭典です。茨城県内で最大のイベントと言われます。会場には笠間焼を購入できるお店が並びますが、陶器だけではなくお店も手作り。製作者の個性あふれる空間となっています。

 

日本最古の菊まつり
笠間の菊まつりは、毎年10月下旬から11月下旬まで開催されます。今年は111年目を迎えました。職人技が生み出す菊人形展のほか、期間中は約1万鉢の菊花が市内に装飾されます。

門前町として発達してきた笠間市は、栗や陶器、菊、つつじなど見どころの尽きない都市です。

 

笠間市観光協会

http://www.kasama-kankou.jp/

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