Shobara Tourist Information for English(英語/영어)

Hiroshima Shobara

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【National Bihoku Hillside Park[Flower Gardens]】

The flower gardens in this expansive park feature a variety of beautiful flowers that bloom throughout the year.

Flower Square   A
Flower Square
Colorful spring flowers such as tulips and poppies are in bloom from early April to late May.

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Daffodil Fantasy
[Daffodil Fantasy] A
Japan’s largest show of impressive daffodils can be enjoyed from early March to early April.
* 2017: 1,400,000 daffodils

Hill of Nemophilas
[Hill of Nemophilas] A
Beautiful blue nemophilas color the hill from early April to late May.

[Cosmos] A
More than 1,000,000 cosmos and zinnias color the gardens from mid-September to mid-October.

【National Bihoku Hillside Park[Traditional Experiences]】

The lifestyle of the Chugoku mountains and nostalgic hometown scenes have been recreated in this area. Tour through old-style Japanese farmhouses and experience Japanese traditions.

Old Japanese-style homes   A
Old Japanese-style homes
The old-style homes give a sense of nostalgia to the Japanese people.
See traditional Japanese-style buildings such as farmhouses,which feature straw-thatched roofs and whitewash walls, and watermills.

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Pottery Class
[Pottery Class] A
Make a rice bowl, drinking cup or plate under the guidance of local potters.

Soba Making
[Soba Making] A
Make and eat soba noodles using the soba flour harvested in Shobara City.
* Seasonal; reservations required.

Straw Crafts
[Straw Crafts] A
Try making some traditional Japanese straw crafts.
* Reservations required

【National Bihoku Hillside Park[Illuminations]】

The Chugoku District’s most popular winter illuminations put on a fantastic light show.

Illumination and firework collaboration   A
Illumination and firework collaboration
Enjoy an elaborate collaboration of illuminations and fireworks. Shows are generally held on Saturdays during the winter.
Held annually from mid-November to early January

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Forest Illuminations
[Forest Illuminations] A
Visitors can take a walk through a forest lit up with beautiful illuminations.

Japanese Lanterns
[Japanese Lanterns] A
Unique Japanese scenes are created by lanterns shaped as Japanese umbrellas, bamboo, cherry blossoms, and dragons, etc., which are set in the rice paddies and streams.

Road Train
[Road Train] A
Take a ride on the brightly decorated seasonal road train and enjoy the illuminations.

【National Bihoku Hillside Park[Recreational Experiences]】

See a traditional dance and song performance called Kagura at the Kagura Hall and experience the park’s vast space and nature with a variety of recreational activities.

Kagura   A
Illumination and firework collaboration
Kagura performances are popular in Hiroshima. Beautiful, elegant and powerful dances are performed at the park’s Kagura Hall in the autumn.
* Performances held in autumn

You can also enjoy…

Road Train
[Road Train] A
The road train is popular with visitors. Enjoy a leisurely ride through the park while viewing the beautiful flowers and scenery.

[Canoes] A
Take a ride on a canoe in the park’s large lake.
* Seasonal

Large Playgrounds
[Large Playgrounds] A
Throughout the park, you will find large playgrounds where you can be active and have lots of fun.

Taishakukyo Gorge

Taishakukyo is an 18km long gorge featuring magnificent nature formed over 300 million years. Enjoy a contrast of seasonal colors with the emerald hues of young leaves and trees in the spring and summer, and the reds and golds of the leaves in the autumn.

On-bashi Bridge   Nationally Designated Natural Monument   B-1
On-bashi Bridge
This naturally formed bridge is 90m long, 18m wide, and 40m high, and was created by erosion from the gorge’s waters over many years.

You can also enjoy…

Somen-daki Waterfall
[Somen-daki Waterfall] B-2
Fine threads of water form a beautiful waterfall from a cave 33m above the river.

Oni no Karamon
[Oni no Karamon] B-3
This 8m high stone gate was formed when the limestone cave crumbled in the old days.

Hakuun-do Cave
[Hakuun-do Cave] B-4
Extending to a depth of 200m, this represents Taishakukyo Gorge’s limestone caves.

Shinryu-ko Lake

Enjoy the impressive bright crimson bridges that cross the deep blue lake.
The walking course that circles the lake by crossing three bridges (Momiji Bridge, Shinryu Bridge, and Sakura Bridge) is highly recommended.

Excursion Boat   C-1
Excursion Boat
Take a ride on an excursion boat and enjoy views of the cliffs and uniquely shaped rocks that rise high on both sides. The red and gold colors are glorious in the autumn.

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Shinryu-ko Lake (aerial view)
[Shinryu-ko Lake (aerial view)] C-2
The name Shinryu-ko comes from the lake’s shape, which looks like a dragon.(Ryu=dragon)

Shinryu Bridge
[Shinryu Bridge] C-3
This bridge has been designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property for its history and value.

Amphibious vehicle
[Amphibious vehicle] C-4
Travel over a special off-road course on an all-wheel-drive amphibious vehicle.
* Open: April to November

Tojo Townscape

The Tojo castle streets retain the charm of the good old days in Japan.
The streets are lined with many historical buildings, including traditional homes.

Sanrakusou   D-1
Sanrakusou was built in the Meiji era by a man who was known as Tojo’s master craftsman. It is a town house that represents Tojo’s townscape.

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Roadside Station You You Salon Tojo
[Roadside Station You You Salon Tojo] D-2
Stop by for information on sightseeing, meals, and shopping for Tojo specialties.

Takeya Manju
[Takeya Manju] D-3
Since the shop’s establishment in 1861, the sake manju dumplings have been made by following the same recipe.

Japanese Sake & Shochu
[Japanese Sake & Shochu] D-4
Enjoy Japanese sake made with delicious water and rice from the Chugoku Mountains, as well potato and soba shochu.


A variety of wonderful accommodations are available for a peaceful stay.

Kyukamura Taishakukyo   E-1
Kyukamura Taishakukyo
Located on a plateau featuring unique rocks above Shinryu-ko Lake, this inn offers delicious meals and a variety of sports facilities.

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Hyakushou-an Tsumugu - Farm-stay Type Inn
[Hyakushou-an Tsumugu – Farm-stay Type Inn] E-2
Enjoy simple country meals featuring sweetfish, trout, wild boar meat, homegrown vegetables, mushrooms, and wild mountain vegetables.

Taishakukyo Kanko Hotel Youkousou
[Taishakukyo Kanko Hotel Youkousou] E-3
Located just 500m from the Shinryu-ko Lake excursion boat landing, this hotel takes pride in its meals that feature local ingredients.

Taishakukyo Kanko Hotel Kinsaikan
[Taishakukyo Kanko Hotel Kinsaikan] E-4
The Taishakukyo mountains and Shinryu-ko Lake, reflecting the bright blue sky, spread in front of this hotel.

Famous Cherry Tree Spots

Shobara City has various famous cherry tree spots, some featuring large cherry trees that are several hundred years old.

Ueno Park   F-1
Ueno Park
Ueno Park has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 best cherry tree-viewing places.
Reflections of some 600 somei-yoshino cherry trees shine on the surface of the Ueno Lake.

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Chidori-Besshaku Wild Cherry Tree
[Chidori-Besshaku Wild Cherry Tree] F-2
This large tree is estimated to be about 400 years old. It stands proudly in the country landscape.
* Illuminated at night during full bloom.

Renshoji Weeping Cherry Tree
[Renshoji Weeping Cherry Tree] F-3
This weeping cherry tree stands elegantly next to the main hall of Renshoji. It is about 150 years old.
* Illuminated at night.

Enshoji Weeping Cherry Tree
[Enshoji Weeping Cherry Tree] F-4
It is said that this old tree was planted in the early days of the Edo period.
* Illuminated at night.

Shobara Satoyama Open Gardens

This event represents Shobara City, which is often called the “Flower City”.
During this event, private residential gardens are opened to the public.

Sato Garden   Small local garden   G-1
Ueno Park
Enjoy this garden, which features a seasonal mix of Western and Japanese flowers and trees, including roses, olives and crabapples.
Held in about 30 gardens, twice annually in the spring and autumn

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Mimura Garden (Fairy garden)
[Mimura Garden (Fairy garden)] G-2
Visit this fairy garden, which features beautiful flowers, cute little buildings and ornaments.

Mikoto Post Office (Trailing rose lane)
[Mikoto Post Office (Trailing rose lane)] G-3
The exterior of the post office is decorated with trailing roses. Enjoy the exquisite roses, which have been cultivated with pruning and guidance.

Nora House(Nora no ie)
[Nora House(Nora no ie)] G-4
Enjoy our Japanese garden with beautiful white sand and grasses, and Western-style garden featuring gradiations of green.


Enjoy hikes through the 1,200m class mountains.
The trails are well maintained so beginners can also enjoy mountain hikes.
You will find many power spots in the mountains.

Kumano Shrine   H-1
Kumano Shrine
The deity of this ancient shrine is Izanami-no-Mikoto, who appears in the Kojiki (Account of Ancient Matters). The forest of old Japanese cedar trees around the shrine is amazingly large and includes trees that are said to be 1,000 years old.

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Hiking at Hibayama
[Hiking at Hibayama] H-2
This popular mountain has well-maintained hiking trails. Many people visit the Goryou (Imperial Mausoleum), believed to be where Izanami-no-Mikoto is buried.

Autumn Color at Hibayama
[Autumn Color at Hibayama] H-3
The gorgeous autumn leaves color the mountains in reds and golds. The ideal viewing time is in late October.

Hiroshima Kenmin no Mori (Meals)
[Hiroshima Kenmin no Mori (Meals)] H-4
This is the base camp for Hibayama mountain climbing, and the accommodations and delicious food are very popular.

Hot springs

Soothe your mind as you feel the seasons of Japan and the quietness of the woodlands.
Take a relaxing bath and enjoy a peaceful time.

Kanpo no Sato Shobara   I-1
Kanpo no Sato Shobara
This open-air bath is the perfect place to see the star-filled night skies. There are 14 types of baths including the open-air bath, large bath, lie-down style bath, jet bubble bath, cascading bath, and mist sauna.

You can also enjoy…

Kanpo no Sato Shobara (Accommodations)
[Kanpo no Sato Shobara (Accommodations)] I-2
Spend some quiet relaxing time. Both Japanese-style and Western-style rooms are available.

Shokusaikan Shobara Yumesakura (Shopping)
[Shokusaikan Shobara Yumesakura (Shopping)] I-3
Find a variety of fresh-picked vegetables, processed foods such as pickles, rice, local sake, meat, and souvenirs at this market.

Shokusaikan Shobara Yumesakura (Meals)
[Shokusaikan Shobara Yumesakura (Meals)] I-4
Gourmet hand-made noodles. Enjoy dishes that feature Shobara’s seasonal foods.

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