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Owase(尾鷲市, Owase-shi) is a city located in the south of Mie, Japan. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 21,002 and the density of 109 persons per km². The total area is 193.16 km².

Owase is a collections of small towns including Owase-shi, Sugari, Mikisato,Kuki, Osonemura etc

The city was founded on June 20, 1954.

Get in[edit]

Owase can be accessed by car via the National Highway Route 42, train or bus.

From Nagoya: - Take a JR Rapid train (Nanki Wide View) to JR Owase station. The train ride takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and cost 5730 yen. - Take a highway bus from Nagoya Meitetsu bus terminal to Owase. The one way bus ride takes approximately 3 hours and cost 3000 yen. - There is also the slower Local JR lines that are cheaper at 3320 yen but takes approximately 4hrs and 45mins to arrive. Strongly advised against it.

From Osaka: Take a Kintetsu train to Matsusaka. At Matsusaka, take the JR to Owase.

From Shingu: Take either the Nanki Express or the local JR train to Owase.

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Attractions[edit]

Magose Toge 馬越峠 Magose Toge is one of the most popular hiking trails on the Kumano Kodo - Ise-ji Route. There is a hiking trail which leads to Mt. Tengura, overlooking Owase City. For more information, visit[1]

Kumano Kodo Centre Constructed entirely from cypress wood (tree of Owase), the Kumano Kodo Centre features the origins and history of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route. A playground, also made entirely from cypress, is located near the centre. The nearest train station is JR Osoneura or you can also take the bus to the Kumano Kodo Centre bus-stop.

Yume Kodo Yume Kodo is an onsen located near the Kumano Kodo Centre. The facility features deep sea water onsen, which has healing properties, as well as sauna rooms. The nearest train station is JR Osoneura or you can also take the bus to the Kumano Kodo Centre bus-stop.

Owase Jinja 尾鷲神社 This shrine is a historical monument in Owase. It's well known for an ancient, sacred tree which is aged over 1,000 years old. Also the venue for every year's Ya Ya Matsuri.

Kongobuji 金剛寺 Built during the Edo Era, the Kongobuji has two fierce-looking deity statues guarding the entrance. It is located just beside the Owase Jinja.

Mikisato Beach 三木里ビーチ A beautiful white sandy beach, with clear turquoise waters. Located near the JR Mikisato train station.

Sugari 須賀利 Located in the east of Owase, Sugari is best accessed by a 20 minute ferry ride from Owase Port. It is an untouched, beautiful fishing village with friendly residents who would be more than happy to show visitors around. As of 2008, Sugari has a declining population of less than 200 people, with the majority aged above 60 years old.

Kuki 九鬼 Like Sugari, Kuki is also a beautiful fishing town. If you are lucky, you will be able catch seagulls and comorant fishing at its best. Try the famed Kuki's tiger rolls, which come in two flavours - red bean or fresh cream. You can go there by taking the JR train to Kuki.

Festivals and Events[edit]

Itadaki Market イタダキ市 1st Saturday of every month, 0900 - 1300hrs A monthly market featuring over 40 stalls where you can buy Owase's local produce such as fresh seafood, dried fish, sea salt, jam etc. At the market, you'll also be able to enjoy special performances (dance, taiko) by the locals.

Ya Ya Matsuri ヤーヤ祭り 1-5 February The biggest festival in Owase is the Ya Ya Matsuri. In the evenings of the 2nd to the 4th, men parade around the streets, jostling each other and chanting "Ya Ya" while drinking sake before the "chosen" ones dive into the sea to purify themselves. The festival ends off with a day-long street parade on the 5th featuring dance performances and finally, an archery contest at Owase Jinja.

Owase Port Matsuri おわせ港まつり First Saturday in August A summer festival showing an impressive fireworks display.

Hachiman Jinja Matsuri 八幡神社例祭 15 September This festival marks a tribute to the Hachiman Jinja, located near the Owase Port. It begins with a day-long parade before culminating at the shrine.

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Kotobuki Shokudo ことぶき食堂 Located right in front of the Owase train station, this restaurant is probably one of the oldest in Owase. The food is great tasting, comes in huge portions, and yet, is cheaply priced. Recommended eats include the Giant Katsu Set, Giant Ebi Fry Set, Inoshishi (Wildboar) Don and Champon (Nagasaki Noodles).

Moriba もりば Moriba is well loved for its Tempura, Tebasaki (Chicken wings) and Miso Katsu. The restaurant is located along the National Highway Route 42.

Oni Gawara 鬼瓦 If you'd like to experience the freshness of Owase's sea produce, then Oni Gawara is the place to go. Its Sashimi Set Meal comes in 3 sizes and is highly recommended for sashimi lovers. Located near the train station.

Hao Hao Han Ten 好好飯天 Located along the National Highway Route 42, Hao Hao is a Chinese restaurant offering refined Chinese food. Popular dishes include the Ten Shin Han 天津飯, MaPo Han 麻婆飯 and the PiriKara (Spicy) Szechuan Ramen.

Hei Wa En 平和園 For a taste of authentic Chinese food, visit Hei Wa En. The owners come from Dahlian, China and serve traditional Chinese food.

Inaka 田舎 Inaka is famous for its affordable Inaka lunch sets at only 800yen. The set meal consists of 8 small side dishes (usually consisting of sashimi, a stewed meat, vegetables and soup), complete with rice.

Nakao なか尾 Get your fill of collagen filled Tonkotsu ramen at this ramen house.

Yume Kodo 夢古道 Yume Kodo is popular for its "all you can eat" country style buffet every Sunday. Run by an NPO, meals are prepared by 4 groups of volunteers (very friendly obasans), who take turns to cook every week. It's delicious country-style, homecooked food that you won't be able to taste in typical Japanese restaurants. The buffet is so famous that some people travel from Nagoya or Osaka to eat it. Go early to prevent disappointment.

  • Karashi Tei and Sun
    These are our favourite yakiniku places and are great places to go. Karashi Tei (above video store on Route 42) has delicious and reasonably priced Korean cuisine as well as yakiniku, while Sun (as in sun) has a very friendly owner who has had a number of sons disappear to Australia in the past. And he is happy to instruct you in the correct cooking technique, sauce to dip in, and other useful yakiniku skills!
  • Boo
    This not-so-scary coffee shop is located not far from Owase Hospital, just off of Route 42. The food in general is fantastic, but what keeps every ALT coming back for more, is its amazing Omrice. It is guaranteed to be the best that you have EVER eaten. Don't believe it?... then come and try it! The atmosphere is another great feature of this place ? the owner is extremely multi-skilled: apart from the world's best Omrice, he also makes/repairs golf clubs and is a great painter.
  • O-Kame
    A great 4-story bar/restaurant that offers a 4th-floor restaurant, with nice views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Walk straight down from the station and look on your left for a tall building with lots of coloured party lights. Most notable for its okonomiyaki, the all-you-can-eat yakiniku and drink deals are quite an attraction, as is the 3rd-floor bar with MTV and billiards.

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  • Cozy Cafe
    This bar is a bright yellow house on Route 42 that you can't possibly miss! It's got an MTV-type channel on TV and an atmosphere that's been as close as you could come in this area to a real Western-style bar. Great drinks and Coronas are at about 700 yen, delicious coffee and tea, snacks and friendly owner and clientele.
  • Santa Papas, Collector, and Xenon
    These bars are among our favourites...fairly quiet but surprisingly sophisticated (until karaoke starts!). They are located in the area of bars to the right of the train station.
  • Yōrō no Taki and Dai Kichi
    These izakaya are located across the street from the park near the station. They have cheap beer and cocktails, and a good selection of yakitori. However, they often fill up in the evenings, so you'll have to poke your head in first to check for empty tables. Yoro no Taki has recently reopened with a fabulous atmosphere - a great place to hang out with your friends, and the menu has pictures! If Dai Kichi's full, head down to the main street and check out the yellow yakiniku place in front of the park, Tsungu.

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Routes through Owase
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