Hot Spring and Healing Resort
Nestled among the nature of the Asan Mountains, the Shionoe hot spring has a long history dating some 1300 years ago. It is said that a famous priest named Gyoki who was walking around in Kagawa found this hot spring with his wisdom and knowledge. Then Kobodaishi Kukai is said to be trained there and spread about it.
Designated as one of only two "people's recreation and hot spring resorts" by Environment Ministry in Shikoku, this hot spring is surrounded by beauty and recreation. You can enjoy fire flies and camping in summer and Shippoku soba (buckwheat noodles) made from fresh buckwheat and local vegetables in winter. There is even a place where you can stop by to soak your feet for free in the Gyoki hot spring.
Due to its rich nature, Shionoe has many camping sites including Otakiokawa Prefectural Nature Park. Located 1059 meters high, among on Mt Ryuou, it has the only natural beech forest left in Kagawa Prefecture. There are refreshing trekking courses and walking paths where you can enjoy the light falling through the arches of trees and the abundance of nature.
Shippoku Soba(Buckwheat) Noodle
Shippokui Soba Noodles are famous in Shionoe. Buckwheat noodles harvested in Shionoe are topped with boiled white radishes, mushrooms and carrots and served in a steaming broth; an enjoyable dish to make you feel hot during the cold season.
Gyoki no yu
A hot spring facility with calm atmosphere where tourists can drop by.
Foot bath and bamboo lamp pavement are newly arranged near there.
Many people say the origin of this festival was to praise the achievement of Heiroku Yanobe who constructed a new pond to resolve the water shortage during the Edo period; to appreciate water and its good fortune; and to pray for a good harvest.
Participants put on swords which are made of sliced pumpkins with an aroid stem. They parade in the town coloring their faces with bright red and blue paints.
[Periods for holding]
2nd Sunday, September
This festival replicates the scene of a Takamatsu feudal lord visiting his family temple, Honenji. This festival is held every year to spread the tradition of Bussyozan town which prospered as a temple town for many years and still has old streets and buildings.
People act as samurai or princesses wearing kimonos from that time and parade around the town. Fireworks take place at Heike.
[Periods for holding]
Sat. and Sun. in late October
Konan Agream features an allotment garden, facilities for cooking and processing food, a fruit orchard, and a small farm where visitors can experience all aspects of agriculture through continuing and special events. Visitors can harvest bamboo shoots and potatoes, pick apples and persimmons, make wieners and udon noodles, and try making crafts out of bamboo and wood.
This temple is Temple 83 on the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. It's located next to a popular Shinto shrine, Tamura Jinja. There is a hole in the ground under the stone hut housing the Yakushi Nyorai statue which leads to hell, and it is said that the sound of hell can be heard here.