[:en]The comedian Suberrie Mercury appears in the video. The video introduces Ōi Town’s famous feijoa ice cream in a comical way. There are other videos of Ōi Town where Suberrie Mercury appears too, and watching this video makes you want to watch them, as well.

 

 

Ōi Town is a small town located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is an agricultural town, with rice paddies in the plains that stretch out from the center of the town, and the hilly areas prospering with fruit farms. One of the prides is the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji to the west, and Sagami Bay to the south. The town can be accessed very easily by train, bus, and car from big cities like Tōkyō and Yokohama.

Access to Ōi Town

Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour from Tōkyō Station to Kōzu Station via JR Tōkaidō Main Line, and then approx. 10 min. from Kōzu Station to Kami-Ōi Station via JR Gotemba Line.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Ōi Town

Inoue Sake Brewery
A brewery that was established in 1789. The brewery actively exports the sake abroad too and has exported Japanese sake to Europe since around 50 years ago. Their famous brand is “Hakoneyama”. The brewery also organizes tours, but they require a reservation to be made over one month in advance. There is no fee, and you can also try some of their sake. We recommend the tour especially to those who want to know about the process of making Japanese sake in more detail.

 

The bottle gourds of Kami-Ōi Station
A place close to the ticket gate, where bottle gourds were grown to provide sunshade, became famous, and ever since then, the station has earned the nickname “bottle gourd station”. Using this as an opportunity, Ōi Town started to utilize bottle gourds to revitalize the town. You can see bottle gourds everywhere in the town.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Ōi Town

Feijoa
A plant in the myrtle family that originates from South America. Nowadays, feijoa production prospers in New Zealand. Feijoa is popular even as an ornament overseas, but in Japan there are only few places that grow it. Even in Ōi Town there were only few plantations, but recently there has been effort to make it into Ōi Town’s special product through developing new sweets out of it. Feijoa-flavored ice cream and sweets are popular in shops within the town.

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Ōi Town

Pickled bottle gourds

Bottle gourds are not normally edible, but through selective breeding they have become edible, and you can enjoy them as pickles. Pickled bottle gourds are a souvenir that is certainly unique to this town.

Ōi Town is a unique town with beautiful scenery, and plenty of unusual local specialties.

 [:ja]お笑い芸人のスベリー・マーキュリーさんが_出演しています。大井町の名物をコミカルに紹介している楽しい動画です。他のシリーズもあるようで、そちらも見てみたくなります。

 

 

神奈川県の南西部にある小さな町です。街の中心部から広がる平地は水田に、丘陵地は果樹栽培が盛んな、農業の町です。西には富士山、南には相模湾の水平線も見ることができる美しい景観も、この町の自慢となっています。鉄道、高速道路など交通の便はよく、東京や横浜などの都心からも気軽に訪れることができます。

大井町へのアクセス

電車の場合:
JR東海道本線で東京駅から国府津駅まで約1時間。JR御殿場線で国府津駅から上大井駅まで約10分。

 

大井町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

井上酒造
1789年創業の歴史ある蔵元です。海外への輸出も積極的で、50年ほど前から日本酒をヨーロッパに輸出しています。代表的なブランドは「箱根山」です。蔵見学も可能で、その場合は1ヶ月以上前に予約をする必要があります。試飲も可能で、日本酒づくりを詳しく知りたい人におすすめです。

 

上大井駅のひょうたん
駅の改札口に日よけの目的でひょうたんを植えたところ有名になり、以降は「ひょうたん駅」として親しまれるようになりました。大井町ではこれをきっかけとしてひょうたんを利用した町おこしをスタートさせ、町内でひょうたんを見ることができます。

 

大井町に来たら!絶対食べるべきフード

フェイジョア
南米原産フトモモ科の植物で、現在ではニュージーランドで生産が盛んです。海外では観賞用としても人気が高いのですが、日本ではあまり栽培されていません。大井町でもわずかな農園が栽培するのみでしたが、スイーツ開発をきっかけに大井町の特産にしようという動きが広がっています。町内のお店では、フェイジョアを使ったアイスやお菓子などが人気です。

 

大井町に来たら!絶対買うべきおみやげ

ひょうたん漬け
ひょうたんは本来食用ではありませんが、品種改良を重ねて食べられるようになったひょうたんを、漬物にして味わいます。ひょうたんの町ならではのおみやげですね。

 

美しい風景が待っている大井町は、変わった特産物が多い個性的な町です。

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