Enjoy Japan’s Countryside in Tako Town
- History & Culture
Time Required: 3 hours
Minimum Budget: 600 yen
Meeting Time: 9:00 (Japan Time）
Guide Language: English
- Pastoral Landscape
- Nichihon-ji Temple
- Electric Bicycle Rental
- Shiraishi Confectionary
- Hydrangea Park
Surrounded by beautiful rice paddies, Tako Town is famous for its delicious rice, which can be enjoyed with bento boxes on the banks of the Kuriyama River or in a dining area on the second floor of Roadside Station Tako Ajisai-kan. Relax on a short river boat ride (available weekends), or rent an electric bicycle to explore further afield.
Nichihon-ji Temple is an important temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism and is well-known as being home to the Nakamura Danrin, a school for monks. Nichihon-ji is also known as the Ajisai (hydrangea) Temple: in June its wooded grounds come alive with 8,000 colorful hydrangea blooms.
Electric Bicycle Rental
Power-assisted bicycles are available for rent at Roadside Station Tako Ajisai-kan, and are a fun way to tour the Tako countryside. Ride along the narrow paths between rice paddies, and then up the hill (made easy with the bicycle’s electric oomph) to Nichihon-ji Temple. Alternatively, ride along the Kuriyama River, visiting the Hydrangea Park if you wish. Rental cost for the day is 500 yen. (Riders must be 12 or older. Passport or other photo ID required for rental. Limited number of bicycles available.)
This small shop sells wagashi (Japanese sweets) made by hand using carefully selected ingredients, including fruits, vegetables and rice grown locally in Tako. From mitarashi dango to sakura mochi, and even Japanese shaved ice in summer, there’s sure to be something delicious for a range of palates.
Known as ajisai in Japanese, hydrangeas are symbolic of early summer in Japan and their blooms are loved and photographed nearly as much as sakura in the spring and fall foliage in the autumn. Tako’s Hydrangea Park spans both banks of the Kuriyama River and is a lovely place to relax. In spring the park is blanketed with yellow mustard flowers, and in fall colorful cosmos stand out against the blue river.