Obama and Wakasa Area

Since ancient times Wakasa has been known as the "land of food" as it supported the food cultures of ancient Nara and Kyoto with an abundance of fresh produce. It's also the point where sea routes from the continent join land routes to the capital. Over a long history of comings and goings, the ports, castle towns and inns along this highway prospered, and the festivals, entertainment and Buddhist culture of those passing through led this area to develop in a unique way. This group of highways that start in Obama City are commonly referred to as "Saba Kaido" (Mackerel Road) and feature townscapes and a bustling merchant culture reminiscent of its ancient heritage.

Uriwari no taki (Breaking Waterfall)

This is a waterfall that comes from spring water bubbling from the Tentokuji Temple grounds along the ex-Wakasa Highway. The surrounding area is called the "Water Forest", where water bubbles up noisily even during the summer and travelers once came to quench their thirst. It was considered sacred ground and has long been a training ground for monks following mountaineering ascetic. A statue of Fudo Myoo is also enshrined here.

Kumagawa-juku Historic Post Town

This logistical relay point on Saba Kaido (Mackerel Road) was once a post-station town developed for military and strategic needs. Today, the preserved traditional architecture stretching along the ex-Kumagawa Highway consists of painted merchant houses and storehouses of varying shapes and sizes and offers a glimpse of the area's former activity. It has also been designated part of a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Historical Buildings.

Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum

A facility dedicated to showcasing the history of the area's food culture, largely through incredibly realistic plastic replicas. Here you can discover 30 different ways to prepare mackerel and learn about the Edo-era techniques used to preserve locally caught flounder.

INSIDER TIPS

The Isaza Experience

Obama is a picturesque port town along the Mackerel Road and a good place to spend a few hours, if not only to try the local delicacy – eating live isaza fish.
Isaza are the young of "ice goby" fish and are caught during March and April.
At just 4cm long and translucent, they are swallowed whole with just a little soy sauce or ponzu for taste. The dancing sensation of the tiddlers in your mouth is not for the fainthearted, but makes for a great story to share with friends back home.

SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

  • SPRING

    Obama Park Cherry Blossom Festival

    Obama Park

  • SUMMER

    Wakasa Marine Pier Festival

    Hamakaze-Odori Shopping Arcade, Mermaid Beach

  • FALL

    Hoze Matsuri

    Throughout Obama City

  • WINTER

    Omizuokuri

    Jinguji Temple

ACCESS

  • Train or Subway
  • Boat or Ferry
  • Walk
  • Car or Taxi
  • Bus

From Kansai International Airport

3 hr 30 minor 3 hr

From JR Osaka Station

2 hr 30 min+or 3 hr 5 minor 2 hr 10 min

From JR Obama Station

  • 1.Uriwari no taki (Breaking Waterfall)

    20 minor 15 min> Kaminaka Sta. > 20 min

  • 2.Kumagawa-Juku Historic Post Town

    25 minor 15 min> Kaminaka Sta. > 11 min> Shimo Shinmachi Bus stop > 5 min

  • 3.Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum

    5 minor 20 min

※Travel times are provided as a guide only. Actual travel times may differ.

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