Izushi Castle Town

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majicka
Tokyo, Japan382 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a nice little stop off for a break, some food and a quick walk around a traditional and smell town in rural Japan. Famous for soba noodles and its clock tower, you can cover the whole stretch of this place in about 30 minutes and find some pretty good food.
Written July 27, 2020
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Dear majicka, Thank you so much for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself in Izushi, or "Little Kyoto". Small towns like this keep the authentic air of Edo period Japan alive even in the modern era. If you ever find yourself back in the area, we recommend stopping by in fellow small towns, such as Kinosaki and Takeno, for some tasty treats and a refreshing change of pace.
Written October 14, 2020
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DandLtravel
Burbank, CA154 contributions
Nov 2019
Found out about this little gem from the ryokan owner in Kinosaki. Easy to get here by bus (or bus/train combo) from Kinosaki. Most folks opt for a day-trip, but we stayed two nights at the Izushi Grand Hotel to really take a deep dive in to the place.

LOTS LOTS LOTS (40?) of soba restaurants. Head to the visitor center to buy your bag of coins to trade for 3-plate soba meals. Show the little silk coin bag to participating places (samurai house, kabuki theatre) for discounted entry. Be sure to collect the stamp impressions from the soba restaurants and museums. We stamped our coin bag to make it more of a souvenir.

English hard to come by in this town, but the folks just couldn't be any nicer or more helpful. Master the basic phrases in Japanese and you'll be fine.
Written November 22, 2019
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DandLtravel, Thanks for the detailed review! Comments like these really help future visitors to the area. There are actually about 50 soba shops, which are included in the local stamp rally and each have their own quirks and different flavors. Try them all to get a true taste for the town! Izushi also hosts plate soba eating competitions throughout the year, which are fun to watch. We're glad you had a chance to stop by for two nights. Izushi is a small castle town, but it has a rich history and lots of things to do. It looks like you just missed it when you visited, but Izushi has an annual run of kabuki performances in the beginning of November at the Eirakukan kabuki playhouse. (It's the oldest in all of Kansai!) People from all over Japan come to check out the show, since very famous actors are present and the intimate space of the playhouse allows you to see them from extremely up-close. If you ever find yourself wanting to come back, we definitely recommend early November to see the town at its liveliest.
Written January 19, 2020
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suchie29
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Oct 2018 • Family
Went to SobaFuji for their soba making class. They are very accommodating to English speakers and the owner brought in an English speaking presenter to run the class. The owner was a very generous host. Very hands on, our noodles never quite were thin enough :) but we had a great time with our daughter. The restaurant prepares your noodles (and some of theirs) for lunch afterwards. Very atmospheric, authentic experience in a historic building. Izushi was well worth the visit on the way to Kinosaki. Great local sake brewery and we enjoyed exploring the red gates and the castle without the crowds. Kyoto was quite a shock after the peacefulness of this area.
Written April 27, 2019
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Joni H
Singapore, Singapore1,763 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
It was raining that day so it was rather inconvenient to shop and snack around with the umbrella on hand. Nonetheless it is still quite a charming place and I personally enjoy the main shrine built on top of a small hill..enjoying the autumn foliage..
Written December 14, 2018
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand305 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Try and find this one on your map of Japan! 45 mins on the bus from Toyooka, itself not on too many people's 'must visit' list .Bus goes along narrow road atop a wide river bank with views to each side. Then, almost out of nowhere, you arrive at this tiny castle town, Izushi. The castle area at the back of the bus station is the main focus with restaurants seling the local soba noodle dish, museums, old houses, and, of course, the small castle which obviously once was much bigger. Easily done in a day. Guess its secret lies in the fact that the railway passed it by. Glad I took the trouble to go!
Written September 7, 2018
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Michelle F
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Nov 2016 • Friends
We took a half day trip to Izushi from Kinosakionsen, and were very impressed by the little town and surrounding nature/temples. The trip took 75 minutes by bus from Kinosakionsen station (just in front of the footbath), and cost 750yen. They depart every half hour from 9am. We took the last direct bus back at 3pm. You can take later buses, but will need to change in Toyooka station (it's easy and well signed, and you could potentially have lunch or dinner there).

The town can be explored by foot. You can see the castle, temples, and stroll through the old streets. Soba noodles are the town's specialty, so that's not to be missed. The bus trip was scenic and local. We spent about 3 hours all up.

There are also various classes you can take (leather handbag making, pottery), but reservations essential. We did not have a local phone to book, and was told they could not fit us in.
Written November 30, 2016
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Dear Michelle F, We appreciate your review. And thank you very much for extending your journey in Kinosaki Onsen to Izushi. We are very delighted to know that you experienced most charms of the town, such as temples/shrines, castle ruins, the clock tower, and soba, etc. There are actually three direct buses from Kinosaki Onsen to Izushi departing at Kinosaki Onsen Station at 9:13, 10:13, and 11:33 on weekends, and one direct bus at 11:31 on weekdays. On your return, departing at Izushi at 11:50, 12:50, 13:40 on weekends, and 15:00 on weekdays. It takes about 50 minutes between the towns. We are sorry to hear that you couldn’t take any making classes this time. If you have another chance to come back to Izushi, and you wish to take the class, we recommend you to contact with the Izushi Tourist Association in advance. We look forward to welcoming you again someday.
Written December 7, 2016
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weiwei_sg
Kaziranga National Park, India126 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
We visited Izushi as a side trip from kinosaki onsen. It was worth the detour. The picturesque castle town is compact and easily covered by foot. We walked through the castle grounds, saw the clock tower, visited the art museum and ate izushi soba. Wanted to tour the Eiraku Theatre but they had a performance on that day.

It's a 50 minute bus ride from kinosaki onsen or 30 minute bus ride from Toyooka train station. There are coin lockers for cabin size luggage at the izushi bus station. It's easy to take a bus from kinosaki onsen and then get off at Toyooka train station to move to your next destination. We're glad we made the trip.
Written November 12, 2016
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Dear weiwei_sg, We appreciate your kind words about Izushi Castle Town. And thank you very much for extending your trip in Kinoaski to Izushi. We are glad to know that you enjoyed the major charms of the town. There are many other things to do, such as visiting temples and shrines, experiencing kimono costume, soba-making class, cherry blossoms in spring, autumn leaves, etc. Eirakukan welcomes Kabuki performances in November every year. We are sorry to know that you couldn’t tour the venue this time because of this. We hope you come back to Izushi again and tour the Eirakukan. You can also leave your luggage at Izushi Tourist Center (with charge).
Written December 7, 2016
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Raivo S
Tallinn, Estonia154 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
We passed Izushi on our travel to the coast. First, it strikes you with liveliness of its few streets - and all the parking options. Second, you learn that there is no castle, just a shrine on remines of to. Third - you should experience the soba-self making class at local soba restaurants. And better cut it as fine as instructed or you end up eating your own sloppy soba tapes. Nice town, nice shopping and memorable soba-making!
Written November 6, 2016
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Dear Raivo S, We appreciate your comment. And thank you very much for dropping by Izushi Castle Town. We are very delighted to know that you experienced soba-making. Soba is a traditional dish in the town with about fifty local soba restaurants. You must have enjoyed seeing master’s professional skills during the class. We hope you come back to the town again!
Written December 4, 2016
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JourneysFromSeattle
Seattle, WA245 contributions
Sep 2016 • Solo
Izushi is a small town with a historic tourist area that features soba restaurants and historic buildings. I enjoyed having a wander around this small town, though unless you have a car, you will need to take the bus from Toyooka Station - not a big deal, but takes a little effort. The town has a castle, and a couple temples and shrines, but I enjoyed walking the touristed historic village the most. I love cold zarusoba, and it was served in small portions on little plates - I received 5 with my initial order and you can request more if you are still hungry.
Written September 20, 2016
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Dear JourneysFromSeattle, We appreciate your review. And thank you very much for extending your journey to Izushi Castle Town. Actually, there is a direct bus between Kinosaki Onsen and Izushi, not many though. Soba is a traditional dish in the town. As you noticed, the way soba is served in small portions on little plates is different from general soba noodles in Japan, which are served on large dishes. We are very glad to know you enjoyed it.
Written September 28, 2016
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Yo-Chan1
Tokyo113 contributions
Sep 2016 • Business
Izushi Castle Town is 30-minute-drive from Kinosaki hot spring town. There are the Izushi Castle ruin, Eiraku-Kan, the Kabuki theater , temples, many red Torii gates of a shrine , several museum and many souvenir shops. Izushi Soba, buckwheat noodle, is delicious. Hand bags are good quality.
Written September 3, 2016
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Dear Yo-Chan1, Thank you very much for your review. It is our pleasure to know you found many treasures of Izushi Castle Town. The seasonal scenery such as cherry blossoms and autumn leaves is also excellent. We look forward to welcoming you again.
Written September 13, 2016
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