Road Trip on Nagoya Railroad (Part 1)

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Road Trip on Nagoya Railroad (Part 1)

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Join us as we explore Aichi Prefecture by travelling on Nagoya Railroad’s Nishio/Gamagori lines, which comprise two railway routes. Nishio Line opened in 1928 while the Gamagori Line has been in service since 1936. There are 23 stops in total from Shin Anjo Station to Gamagori Station, covering a combined distance of 42.3km. During this two-day journey, we will check out attractions recommended by the locals.

We begin our trip from Anjo, a city in southeast Aichi Prefecture. After buying a two-day pass for 4,000 yen, we first travel on the Nishio Line, which starts from Shin Anjo Station. Our first stop is Hekikai Furui Station, which is less than 10 minutes away. Our next train from here leaves about two hours later at 12.45pm. We drop by a store to get tips on places to visit. We are told about a restaurant called Kama no Za, which serves elaborate lunch sets in lacquered boxes. We walk for nearly half an hour but are unable to find the place. So we ask a passerby to recommend another famous spot. She mentions a bakery called Pan no Tora. This popular bakery has three stores in Aichi Prefecture. Over 120 varieties of freshly baked bread line its shelves but its most well-known item is its plain white bread, which sells for 520 yen per loaf. In order to give the white bread a moist and chewy texture, the flour is kneaded with hot water.

After trying the bread, we walk back to Hekikai Furui Station and take the train to the next stop, Horiuchikoen. It used to be a samurai town in the 16th century. We have an hour till our next train departs at 1.45pm. We ask people near the station about interesting spots and they suggest we go to Horiuchi Park which is behind Horiuchikoen Station. Opened in 1992, it has several attractions including a merry-go-round, a huge ferris wheel and even a grass sledding course. We take a ride on the ferris wheel and enjoy a panoramic view of Anjo City from the top, at a height of 35m.

We return to Horiuchikoen Station and travel by train to Yonezu, seven minutes away. Here, we have 1.5 hours till we take the 3.25pm train. The locals here tell us that matcha tea is famous in this area. Someone is kind enough to give us a ride to Izumi-en to try the tea. It sells tea leaves and matcha powder. Customers who visit the store can enjoy a cup of freshly prepared matcha tea. The Nishio City area has been a major producer of tea since the late 19th century and the region is one of Japan's largest producers of matcha. Furthermore, Nishio Matcha has been patented as a regional brand name. After trying the matcha tea, we are given a ride back to Yonezu Station.

We next take the train to Nishioguchi and arrive at the station after crossing the Yahagi River. Our next train is at 5pm. We visit a store to get some information and are told to go to Nishio Castle, which belonged to the wealthy Nishio Domain in the Edo period. However, we have to walk to Nishio Station, about 1.5km away, first. On the way to the castle, we take a break at a tea house. We order a Nishio Matcha tea and dessert set for 400 yen and enjoy the view of a Japanese garden and the castle’s watchtower, Ushitora Yagura, from the eatery. However, we lose track of time and later realise that the castle closes at 4.30pm.

So we head to Nishio Station and take the 5.15pm train to Kira Yoshida Station, which is the last stop on the Nishio Line. We reach Kira Yoshida Station after about 10 minutes and have to look for a hotel. The locals suggest we check out Resort Linux Mikawa Bay, located near a beach. The hotel has spacious rooms with spectacular views. Dinner is a buffet boasting over 80 items such as sushi, snow crab, grilled scallops and steak.


Tips:

1) A popular spot near Horiuchikoen Station is Horiuchi Park
2) Do try the famous Nishio Matcha when visiting the Nishio region

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