History, culture and experience spots
Timeless Japanese landscapes remain in various parts of the town.
You can learn about this area’s history and experience traditional handicrafts to create happy memories of your trip.
Spots where you can learn about history and culture
Former Uwaoka Elementary School
A one-story wooden school building built about a century ago. The school was closed in 2001, but the building and its interiors have remained intact. On some weekends and holidays, you can visit the school building and tour the classrooms. The premises are also used as a location for TV dramas and movies.
Washi Ningyo (Japanese paper doll) Museum
A museum located in Okukuji Chanosato Park. More than 600 works by Japanese paper doll designer So Yamaoka are on display. His works made of Japanese paper are especially attractive for their simple texture and adorable facial expressions.
Spots where you can experience handcrafts
Daigo Oyaki School
A facility where you can experience making oyaki, a local food, in an old-fashioned wooden school building. Oyaki are stuffed dumplings made by working dough, rolling it out into thin sheets, folding in ingredients such as vegetables, and then baking it. Typical ingredients are okara (soybean pulp), mushrooms, pumpkins, apples, red beans, and other local agricultural products. They are loved for their healthy nature and simple taste.
Okukuji Chanosato Park
During the new tea season, from late May to mid-June, you can experience tea picking. You can also participate in preparing tea leaves by rubbing them by hand (temomi-cha), and handmade konjac and soba noodles.
There is a full-scale Japanese tea-ceremony room, commercial museum, lawn park, and Washi Ningyo (Japanese paper doll) Museum in addition to a tea plantation and a hands-on area.
This is a direct sales shop for yuba and tofu. Yuba is a traditional food made by heating soymilk and pulling off the thin layers produced on its surface. You can experience making yuba and also enjoy healthy dishes using yuba at the restaurant.