[:en]Kaizu City used to suffer from floods but was able to overcome the problem thanks to the efforts of our ancestors. Nowadays the city has utilized the water and achieved rapid development. There are plenty of tourist spots that make use of the plentiful water resources.

 

 

Kaizu City is located in the south-western part of Gifu Prefecture. A very large part of the city is located 0 meters above the sea level. The confluence point of the Kiso Three Rivers Kiso River, Nagara River, and Ibi River is located within the town, and for a long time it caused many floods. But through various schemes, like building a dike to surround the whole settlement, people have been able to avoid flood disasters. Through flood-control works built by warriors of Satsuma Domain, and construction work by the Dutch civil engineer Johanni de Rijke, the city was able to overcome the flood disasters, and nowadays the city utilizes the blessings of water in agriculture and tourism.

 

Access to Kaizu City

Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Nagoya Airport, then approx. 1 hour 30 min. from Nagoya Airport to the front of Nagoya Station by an airport shuttle bus, and finally approx. 1 hour 30 min. from Meitetsu Bus Center to Kaizu City Hall by a Meitetsu bus, changing bus at Meishin-Ōgaki after approx. 1 hour.

Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour 40 min. from Tōkyō Station to Nagoya Station by a Shinkansen train, then approx. 30 min. from Nagoya Station to Ōgaki Station by a JR Tōkaidō Main Line rapid-service train, and finally approx. 50 min. from the front of Ōgaki Station to Kaizu City Hall by a bus.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Kaizu City

Chiyobo Inari Shrine
A shrine that worships Inari Ōkami, the god of agriculture. Many people come to the shrine wishing for a good harvest or prosperity in business. The shrine is called one of the three biggest Inari shrines of Japan, and many locals call it “Ochobo-san”. Tsukinami Festival (lit. monthly festival) is held every month, from the last night of the month until the dawn of the next month. During the festival, the shrine becomes busy with many shops that are open throughout the night.

 

Kiso Sansen Park Center
There is an observation tower within the park, where you have a panoramic view of the Kiso Three Rivers, and the characteristic scenery of the dike region. There is also a museum where you can learn about the history of the Kiso Three Rivers, so you can think about the old days while enjoying the beautiful scenery. There is also a big flower bed within the park, where you can enjoy blooming seasonal flowers like tulips in spring.

 

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Kaizu City

The gourmet of the town around Ochobo-san
You can enjoy all types of gourmet in the town around Ochobo-san. In addition to food like freshwater fish cuisine, kusa mochi (a sweet made from sticky rice cake and leaf of yomogi), and Japanese pickled vegetables, restaurants that offer new types of gourmet have increased recently. One of the popular dishes is kushikatsu (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables), and many restaurants are competing in trying to make the most delicious flavor.

 

Famous Must-see Festivals To See When Visiting Kaizu City

Tulip Festival

A festival that is held at Kiso Sansen Park Center. The large flower bed that has 210 thousand tulips of 180 different species is absolutely stunning. The festival is held every year from March until April. Let’s check the schedule and visit this gorgeous festival.

 

Kaizu City overcame the terrors of water, and now it lives in harmony with water. It really gives you a good sense of how amazing things people are capable of.

 [:ja]海津市は川の氾濫に苦しんだ地域です。しかし先人たちの努力でそれを乗り越え、今では水とともに発展を遂げていることを紹介しています。豊かな水資源を活かした観光地がたくさんあることが分かります。

 

 

岐阜県の南西にある海津市は、市内の広い範囲が海抜0メートルのところにある都市です。市内では木曽川、長良川、揖斐川の「木曽三川」が合流する地点があり、長く水害に悩まされてきました。集落全体を包みで囲う「輪中」など、人々はさまざまな工夫で水害をしのいできた歴史があります。薩摩藩士の治水工事や、オランダ人ヨハネス・デ・レーケによる工事を経て水害を乗り越え、今では水の恵みを農業や観光資源として活かしています。

 

海津市へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:
羽田空港から名古屋空港まで約1時間。リムジンバスで名古屋空港から名古屋駅前まで約1時間30分。名鉄バスで名鉄バスセンターから名神大垣まで約1時間。乗り換えて海津市役所まで約30分。

電車の場合:
新幹線で東京駅から名古屋駅まで約1時間40分。JR東海道本線の快速で名古屋駅から大垣駅まで約30分。バスで大垣駅前から海津市役所まで約50分。

 

海津市に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

千代保稲荷神社(ちよほいなりじんじゃ)
農作物の豊作や商売繁盛を願う「稲荷神」を祀る神社で、日本三大稲荷と言われることもあります。地元では「おちょぼさん」の愛称で親しまれています。毎月の月末の夜から明け方にかけて開催される月並祭では、多くの商店が夜通しで営業し、大きな賑わいを見せます。

 

木曽三川公園センター
公園にある展望タワーからは、木曽三川の流れと輪中地域独特の景観を一望することができます。木曽三川の歴史を学べる資料館もあり、当時に思いを馳せながら景色を楽しむのもいいでしょう。公園内にある大花壇では、チューリップなど季節の花が優雅に咲き誇ります。

 

海津市に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

おちょぼさん門前町のグルメ
おちょぼさん門前町では、さまざまなグルメを楽しむことができます。川魚料理や草餅、漬物などのほか、最近では新しいグルメを提供するお店も増えています。中でも人気があるのは串カツで、多くのお店が味を競っています。

 

海津市で見ておきたい!有名なお祭り

チューリップ祭
先ほど紹介した、木曽三川公園センターで開催される祭りです。180品種21万個のチューリップが咲き誇る大花壇は、圧巻の一言です。毎年3月から4月にかけて開催されますので、日程を確認して訪問しましょう。

水の恐怖を克服し、水とともに生きる海津市は、人のたくましさを感じさせてくれるところです。[:]