||Jun 1, 2019
＊Rain-or-shine event. If the weather is difficult for walking, only a meals will be served.
Yatate Boardwalk Area, Promenade in Nagaki, Odate-shi,
||Apr 12, 2019 - May 27, 2019
||Odate City, Industrial Section, Tourist Division, Tourist Promotion Desk
Nipro Hachiko Dome Park Center, 1-1 Aza-Inaridai, Kamidaino, Odate-shi, Akita-ken
|What is ONSEN Gastronomy Walking？
||ONSEN・Gastronomy Tourism is a new tourism that introduces the charm of hot spring resorts in Japan by walking and experiencing the food, nature, culture and history of local areas.
We open this event, ONSEN Gastronomy Walking, to enjoy a stroll through the beauty of hot spring areas, to experience our history and nature, to taste local foods and beverages, and finally to soak in a soothing hot spring at the end of the tour.
|The number of paticipants
||（1）Native Akita Cedar and Usyu-kaido Road Course：50
（2）Nagaki Mountain Stream and Old Kosaka Rail Road Course：200
* Registration will close as soon as capacity is reached.
|Reception place on the day of event
||Odate City Nagaki Community Hall・Branch Office
24-1 Aza-Hachimantai, Kamidaino, Odate-shi, Akita-ken
|Clothes and items to bring
||・Please wear comfortable clothes and suitable shoes for walking. (Please bring your own rain gear)
・Beverages will be provided at each point, but you may also bring your own favorite drinks.
・Tickets for Onsen will be provided after the walk, so please bring your own towels, etc.
||Takumi Arena Parking (Next to Yoneshiro Eastern Forest Management Office）127 car spaces
＊Please do NOT use Nipro Hachiko Dome Parking due to use by other event.
|Direction to the venue
Courtesy bus at 8:00 from Nagaki Community Hall to the registration site for Course（1）, Michi-no-eki Roadside Station ”Yatate Toge” is available.
Courtesy bus at 11:45 from the finishing point of Course（1）, Michi-no-eki Roadside Station ”Yatate Toge” is available.
＊Please use this bus if you register for both Course（1）and（2）.
50-minute walk from Odate station, 10 minutes by car
10 minutes from Odate-kita IC
28-minute drive from Odate-noshiro Airport
||Odate City Tourism Association
|Reception venue on the day of event and schedule
||[Reception venues on the day of event]
Course (1) Michi-no-eki Roadside Station ”Yatate Toge”
＊Courtesy bus is available from Nagaki Public Hall at 8:00.
Course (2) Nagaki Community Hall
Course (1) starts at 9:00 from Michi-no-eki Roadside Station ”Yatate Toge.”
Course (2) Shijyuyataki Onsen
＊A bus operates from Nagaki Community Hall to the starting point between 12:00 and 12:30.
Michi-no-eki Roadside Station ”Yatate Toge” ＊Shuttle bus is available from Michi-no-eki Roadside Station "Yatate Toge" to Nagaki Community Hall at 11:45.
＊If you stayed in Yatate Heights, a taxi service is available to Michi-no-eki Roadside Station "Yatate Toge" or Nagaki Community Hall on the day of the event.
Course (2) Nagaki Community Hall
＊About a 1-minute walk to the parking lot of the event venue.
Course（1） Reception window opens at 08:30／Departure time 09:00～ ＊To register at Nagaki Community Hall, please come before 8:00.
Course（2） Reception window opens at 10:30／Starting Ceremony from 11:30～ ＊It is your choice whether to participate in the opening ceremony or not, but all participants in the ceremony and Courses （1） or （2）, will receive an original towel.／Departure time 12:00～12:30
・This course is a 2.3km short-course where you can leisurely walk through a lush forest of native Akita cedar trees to the story of local volunteer. Only bottled water will be provided at the starting point and there are no toilets or meals until the finishing point.
Ingredients used in the meals served at the finishing point are locally grown, seasonal vegetables and meats. Enjoy them with the aroma of Akita cedar. The details of the meals are secret and only participants will find out.
・Nagaki Mountain Stream（Starting Point）：Beer, Water（bottled）,
Beer and Amazake which is now a popular health drinks are provided at the starting point.
・Nagaki Mountain Stream（Point 1）: Japanese Sake, Tea（all you can drink in a cup）, Uncured Ham with Jam, Deep Fried Dojo（loach fish）
The one and only sake brewery in Odate city, ”Hokushika Brewery.” At the 2018 ”Delicious in a Wine Glass” Japanese Sake Awards, Kita-Akita Daiginjo and Kita-Akita Junmai Daiginjo received golden awards.
Uncured Ham of ”Akita Sangen Pork” that were specially raised for better taste and quality will be served with jam made from locally-grown blackberries.
The raising of Dojo（loach fish） is a new industry in Odate City. Served deep fried, loach are highly nutritious and, as the local saying goes, ”one eel equals one loach.”
・Tekkyo Iron Bridge（Point 2）：Amazake（Sweet Sake made from germinated brown rice）
・Nagaki Mountain Stream Crossing（Point 3）：Japanese Sake, Apple Juice, Hamburger Cutle（Matsuo Beef）
Hamburger cutlets made with Matsuo beef of Kita-Akita city, which is as good as other major breeds of beef. Matsuo beef are fed the bran of Akita-komachi Brand Rice to bring sweetness to the flavor of the meat.
・Odate Products（Point 4）：Japanese Sake, Health Tea（in cups）, Tonburi （Kochia plant seeds） mixture, Stewed Horse Meat, Soba（buckwheat） Noodles with Bear Meat.
”Odate-Tonburi”（Kochia plant seeds） is an exclusive product of Odate City with almost 100％ Kochia seeds coming from here. It is known as ”Farm Caviar” and you will be sure to enjoy the texture.
Odate City developed as a mining town and their traditional meal is stewed horse meat with bamboo shoots and Konnyaku（jellied konjac flour）. It is sweet and a little spicy.
Hearty buckwheat soba noodles with bear meat will warm your bodies. The special event towels will definitely come in handy.
・Odate Ceramics Workshop（Point 5）：Amazake（Sweet Sake made from germinated brown rice）, Boiled Eggs
Amazake has become a popular health drinks these days. Enjoy it with eggs from Hinai Chickens.
・Furusawa Onsen（Finishing Point）：Japanese Sake, Hinai Chicken, Asparagus, Haru-chan Pudding
”Hinai Chicken” is one of the top-three-rated breeds of Japanese chicken. A whole, char-grilled chicken will be cut and served. Enjoy the dynamic grilling and the delicious, simple taste of the chicken.
”Haru-chan Pudding” has a rich taste and is made with drinkable hot spring water.
・Natural Akita Cedar Field
Located only a few minutes from Route 7 on the Yatate Promenade, you will suddenly be surrounded by stillness and may lose touch with the real world. This is the first step in feeling the splendor of native Akita cedar.
・Tadataka Ino Surveying Team Memorial
The Usyu-kaido Road is intertwined with the history of Tadataka Ino. You will be able to feel a part of that history.
・Yatate（Rising Arrow） Cedar
In the feudal era, Yatate cedar was said to get its name （Rising Arrow） from the custom of shooting arrows in the forest to determine borders. The original old-growth forests have long been logged out, but even today you can feel a majestic sense of history in this forest.
・Isabella Bird Memorial
British traveler and writer, Isabella Bird, visited the Tohoku area during Meiji era and wrote the book, ”Unbeaten Tracks in Japan.” She visited Yatate Pass on July 30, 1878 and wrote, ”Dark, high mountain peaks surrounded by deep cedar forests stands in front of us. I admire this mountain pass more than any others in Japan.” The road over this impressive pass is unforgettable, even for foreign visitors.
The final point, Odate Yatate Heights has an outdoor bath surrounded by the impressive Akita cedar forest.
At the source, the hot spring water is clear and has no color, but mysteriously changes to reddish brown at the bath. The hot water flows naturally from and underground spring and is gentle on the skin.
・Walking the Old Kosaka Railroad
At the beginning, the walking starts on the track and not on a road. The course also includes a thrilling walk across an iron bridge overlooking a magnificent view. No doubt this will be a valuable experience!
・Nagaki Mountain Stream in Early Summer
The Nagaki River runs parallel to the old Kosaka Railroad and will have the lush, new foliage of early summer that is sure to ease your body and soul.
・”Odate Manufacturer” display of Magewappa（tube-shaped wooden containers）
”Magewappa,” a traditional craft of Odate, will be on display in the lounge of the railroad factory.
Unlike the image of the woodlands of Mt. Fuji, the Jukai Line is a long country road in a peaceful rural landscape. Turning around, you can see Mt. Houozan and view all of Odate City. The annual ”Odate Daimonji Matsuri Festival” is held on August 16, which features the largest mountain-side fire in the shape of Japanese character and fireworks to usher in the festive mood of the area.
・Odate Pottery Classes
Active ceramists from Odate City will offer classes in town. Please visit them if you are interested.
・The World Largest Wooden Dome（Nipro Hachiko Dome）. Nipro Hachiko Dome is the largest wooden dome in the world. Once you reach this area, the finishing point is close. Good luck on making it to the finish!
・Furusawa Onsen A smaller and more traditional facility where drinkable hot spring water is available. Porridge and pudding made from the spring water is for sale. The poster Akita dogs of the Onsen, Haru and Hana, will welcome you, so please say hello.
|Locations of toilets along the course (except starting and finishing points)
Course（1）：rail bike terminal, Odate factory, Nipro Hachiko Dome
|Information on hot springs
||・Free Hot Spring Bath Ticket
＊Good for either Odate Yatate Heights or Furusawa Onsen.
＊Expiration date is the day after the event day
||1. In order to hold the event smoothly and safely, participants shall comply with the regulations specified by the organizer and the traffic regulations.
2. The organizer shall not take any responsibility except for emergency measures in case of injury, loss or other accident."
3. The change of time or cancellation by personal reason is not accepted after registration.
4. The event may be canceled in case of an unexpected accident such as natural disaster, stormy weather, or new strain of influenza epidemic, etc. In that case, we can not compensate for the individual expenses such as participation fee, transportation or accommodation expenses."
5. Please check the event homepage for a cancellation notice.
6. It will be an event involving alcoholic beverages. Please enjoy the appropriate amount and please refrain from acting to disturb other participants. (loud voice, excessive drinking, etc.)"
7. We may ask for an identification card for age verification. Driving cars, bicycles, etc. with drinking is prohibited by law. Please use public transportation. "
8. The posting rights and portrait rights of the convention videos, pictures and articles, records, applicants' names, ages, addresses (country, prefecture/province) to magazines, Internet, etc., belong to the event organizer.
|About the Certification of ONSEN Kishidan (Order)
||You can be certified as a member of ”ONSEN Kishidan (Chivalric order of hot springs)” when you register for the walking event. (*No fee to be certified)
”ONSEN Kishidan (Chivalric order of hot springs) is a group of members supporting ONSEN・Gastronomy Tourism and consists mainly of people who have a passions for hot springs.
”ONSEN Kishidan (Chivalric order of hot springs)” members will receive ONSEN・Gastronomy Walking and other up-to-date information.
Official website for members of ONSEN Kishidan (Order)”
”ONSEN＋” option is available for members.
For ONSEN＋ information: https://onsen-gastronomy.com/lp/onsenplus/
A ONSEN Kishidan (Chivalric order of hot springs) badge will be sent to your address. Please make sure to write your mailing address correctly and clearly.
* Personal information such as name, address, mail address, etc. received at the time of registration may be shared within the operating company, ONSEN & Gastronomy Tourism Association.
Information about ONSEN & Gastronomy Tourism Association:
|Additional notices from the event office
||5th Meat × Exposition ”Meat Exposition in Odate” June 1, 2019（Sat） 10:00～19:00 June 2, 2019（Sun） 09:00～16:00 Odate City Tourism Interchange Facility Will be held in ”Akitainu-no-sato(the home of the Akita dog)”!
(1-13-1 Onari-cho, Odate-shi, Akita-ken) Selection of meat will be offered! There are many popular meats in Akita and Odate. One of the three best chickens in Japan Hinai chicken, a new brand of Odate Sakura pork, food culture horse meat from the northern prefecture, and Akita beef. You do not want to miss any of them! The 5th event will be held in ”Akitainu-no-sato(the home of the Akita dog) that reopened in April! Come and enjoy meat cuisine!
||No participation notice will be sent to early registrants.
■ For internet registration
After the payment is made, please show a copy of the confirmation email or a screen shot of the ”payment confirmation” or ”entry confirmation” at the reception desk.
■ For phone registration and payment at convenience store
A transaction slip and/or receipt issued at the store can be used as certificate of payment. Please present the receipt at reception.
■ For phone registration and payment with a credit card
Please present an identification card on the day of the event at the reception desk.
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