Shop for Local Saké & Other Fermented Products in Kozaki Town
- History & Culture
Time Required: 3 hours
Minimum Budget: 9000 yen
- Roadside Station Hakko-no-Sato Kozaki
- Kozaki Shrine
Learn about Japan’s fermentation traditions at the Fermentation Market, which offers locally-brewed saké and a multitude of fermented products from all over Japan. Also located at this roadside station is a fresh produce market where you can buy a range of fruits and vegetables grown by Japanese farmers.
Travelers can pray for a safe trip at Kozaki Shrine, which enshrines Amano Torifune no Mikoto, the guardian deity of aviation, transportation and industry. The shrine grounds are also home to a huge camphor tree hundreds of years old, designated a Natural Monument. When Tokugawa Mitsukuni saw this tree he reportedly asked, “What might this tree be called?” (“Kono ki wa, nan to yu mon jaro?”) Ever since, it has been called the “Nan-Ja-Mon-Ja Tree.”
Tone River Stroll
The wide Tone River and its green riverbanks add to Kozaki’s idyllic atmosphere, and fresh air is in abundance along the walking path that follows the river. For picturesque views of the water and nearby rice paddies, the Kozaki Ohashi bridge, with its characteristic three red arches, is the best location.