[:en]1_Aqua Pal Boathouse[:ja]1_アクアパル[:]


1. Aqua Pal Boathouse

location:  Kitauraji, Yurihonjo City – 10 minutes from Ugo Honjo railway station by car

Yurihonjo has a long history of success in rowing competitions, right up to national championship level, and the Aqua Pal boathouse (capacity 70 boats) is the focal point for school and resident boat crews.  It is the only boathouse of this size in the Tohoku region.
Inside Aqua Pal, there is a municipal museum dedicated to the nature and history of the Koyoshi river, which flows directly in front of the boathouse.
Many residents also make use of the multi-purpose hall or fitness gym.
Many local events take place at Aqua Pal, such as the citizen’s rowing regatta and the summer festival of Koyoshi river.
A visit to the firework festival, which is held here in summer, is also very worthwhile.

keywords:  sport, rowing
features:  must-see for rowing enthusiasts, fitness gym, open rowing regatta, firework festival

written by M. Fujii & T. Ozono




名称 ボートプラザアクアパル

種別 スポーツ ボート

場所 由利本荘市北裏地

イメージ ボート関係者必見、フィットネスジム、市民ボート大会 花火大会







[:en]2_Children’s Science Museum[:ja]2_フェライト子ども科学館[:]


2. Ferrite Kodomo Kagakukan  (Children’s Science Museum)

location:  Hirasawa, Nikaho City – 5 minutes from Nikaho IC (Nihonkai-Tohoku Expressway) by car

Ferrite Kodomo Kagakukan (Children’s Science Museum) is run by Nikaho City with many interactive displays for children to enjoy learning about the world of science.
On the second floor is a memorial hall which introduces the achievements of Kenzo Saito and Teiichi Yamazaki, who pioneered the use of Ferrite and who subsequently founded and developed TDK.
The museum also has a big play area for younger children and attracts families with children of all ages.
After leaving the children’s museum, why not also take in the nearby TDK Museum called “TDK Future History Museum”?  It is located 1 kilometer from the Ferrite Museum and was re-opened in October 2016 after renovation.
The museum’s exhibits invite the visitor to imagine and experience life in 20 years time.  This museum is more suitable for adults, but together these 2 museums offer families a rewarding time together.

keywords: science museum, experiment, science interaction
features:  family entertainment, future of science, notable local people (founder of TDK)

written by S. Ishikawa




名称 フェライト子ども科学館 (ふぇらいとこどもかがくかん)

種別 科学館 実験 科学体験

場所 にかほ市平沢
日本海東北道 仁賀保ICから5分

イメージ 家族で楽しむ、未来科学、郷土の偉人(TDK創立者)

フェライト子ども科学館(ふぇらいとこどもかがくかん The Children’s Ferrite and Science Museum)は、にかほ市立の科学館ですで。郷土の偉人であり、世界で最初にフェライトを工業化し、そしてTDKの創立・発展に尽力した齋藤憲三、山崎貞一の業績を紹介するメモリアルホールがあります。
少し足を延ばせば、平成28年10月にリニューアルオープンした、TDK Museum「TDK歴史みらい館」で20年後の暮らしを体感できます。子供たちと遊んだあとは、大人も楽しめるこちらも覗いてみたい。




[:en]3_Morning Market[:ja]3_朝市[:]


3. Morning Market

location: Hanabata-machi, Yurihonjo – 2 minutes walk from Ugohonjo railway station

The market is located in front of Ugohonjo railway station and opens before dawn at3o’clock in the morning.  This makes it the earliest market in Japan.
Its history dates back to the 1950’s, when farmers gathered here in order to sell their produce on the roadside directly to customers.
Now there are about 40 stalls which sell a range of produce at reasonable prices: fresh vegetables, fruit, mountain vegetables, fresh cut flowers.  There is also fresh fish from the nearby port.
These stalls close at 7:00 in the morning.  The market attracts many local people and is a good place to see local produce in a nostalgic setting.

keywords: traditions, commerce
features: hustle & bustle, reasonable prices and fresh, nostalgia, agricultural produce, seafood

written by H. Kaneko & K. Fujishima



名称  朝市

種別  風習、商業

場所  由利本荘市花畑町 羽後本荘駅から徒歩2分

イメージ  活気 新鮮で適正価格 なつかしい 農産物、海産物




[:en]04_Honjo Marina and Pleasure Beach[:ja]4_本荘マリーナ海水浴場[:]


4. Honjo Marina and Pleasure Beach

location:  Ishiwaki, Yurihonjo City – 15 minutes from Ugo Honjo railway station by car

This bathing beach has one of the widest sandy beaches, as well one of the biggest anti-flooding reservoirs, in Akita.  It was also selected as one of the 88 finest bathing beaches in Japan.
The adjacent free car park has a capacity for 1200 cars, along with showers, changing rooms and toilets.
The seawater here is warmer than on the opposite Pacific Ocean coast.  As a result, the summer months attract many young people and families to the beach from near and far.
Within A 2-minute drive from the bathing beach are other leisure facilities, including a camping site and a marina for large and small yachts.
With Mount Chokai and its surroundings as a backdrop, this spot is also a great place to view the sunset over the Japan Sea.
please come and visit this beach.

keywords:  sightseeing, sea bathing
features:  hot sandy beach and cold soda pop, warm sea water, sunset on the Japan Sea, view of the sea and Mount Chokai together

written by T. Miyazaki



名称 本荘マリーナ海水浴場


種別 観光 海水浴

場所 由利本荘市石脇


イメージ  暑い砂浜と冷たいサイダー、温かい海、日本海の夕陽、海と鳥海山の存在






[:en]05_Yuri Kogen Railway[:ja]5_由利高原鉄道[:]


5. Yuri Kogen Railway  (Chokai Sanroku Railway Line)

location:  Yurihonjo  (Honjo to Yashima)

The Yuri Kogen Railway (also called the Chokai Mountain Plateau Line) is a private line which runs 23 km from Ugo-honjo Station to Yashima Station.  There are a total of 12 stations along this 40-minute route, which takes in Mt. Chokai in the south and the Japan Sea in the west.
The railway was taken over from JNR (Japanese National Railways) after privatalization, when it was known as the Yashima line.  Initially there were plans to extend the railway to the nearby city of Yokote and also to other areas of Honjo.  However, it opened under the current route.
The company offers many kinds of interesting experiences and services to passengers, for example there are regular party trains, a railway tour of the Yuri area, a specialist in-train guide service.
You can even charter the train for your own special event.
Above all, passengers can enjoy the splendid scenes of each season from the train window.

keywords: transportation; railway
features: rental carriage (party train), event train, rice fields, Mount Chokai

written by I. Fukuda




名称 由利高原鉄道 鳥海山ろく線

種別 交通 列車

場所 由利本荘市から矢島町

イメージ レンタル車両(宴会列車)、イベント列車、田んぼ、鳥海山