Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano: The smiley stone face

Photo of the day: Oujigatake, Tamano City

One weekend, Mr. Wada and I wanted to have some adventure. While searching for sightseeing spots nearby, I found an interesting picture of rock formations in Kojima. The place is called Oujigadake/Oujigatake (王子が岳). It’s situated in between Kurashiki City and Tamano City.

王子 (ouji) means prince and 岳 (take) means peak.

It’s a bit far from the main road, so if you plan to visit you need to go by car. The parking area is located on top of the mountain. From the parking area, you walk down to the other side of the mountain where the rock formations are located.

Oujigadake (王子が岳) is designated as part of the Setonaikai National Park. There are gigantic granite rock formations around the cliff, some in odd shapes, creating an extraordinary scenery.

During our visit, we didn’t see any stores in the area. Although there’s a vending machine, which is a good thing since some refreshments will be needed after walking up and down. There was a building not far from the parking area but it was closed at that time. (It was actually the Oujigatake Park Center.)

Walking around, we came across with a group of senior visitors. I remembered one of them had canned goods and offered it to the cats. Maybe a regular visitor, I thought.

We continued our way down towards the nearest cliff. It’s the spot where I took the photo. We tried to sit down on one of the rocks (stable-looking one) and posed for some photos, which is already scary for me. But there were these guys who were crazier to go further by sitting while their legs are hanging. I wouldn’t dare!

Looking closely at the photo, you’ll see there’s a rock that looks like a head with a smiley face. Unfortunately, we didn’t go further to that point but it seems that it’s a popular take-off spot for paragliding. I’ll definitely check it out the next time I visit.

It’s a good place for walking or hiking, or even just for relaxing and enjoying the view. The view from the peak is great, same as Shiratakiyama, Innoshima, you can also see the Seto Inland Sea. Straight in front, across the waters and at the back of the small island is the Kagawa Prefecture (well-known for its udon)  on Shikoku Island.

Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano: smiley stone face
Oujigadake, Kojima/Tamano (June, 2014)

Travel Itinerary of Oujigadake

Route Okayama City -> Oujigadake/Oujigatake -> Okayama City
Sightseeing
spot location
Oujigatake Park Center
7 Kojima Karakotochou, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, 711-0905
Google Maps
Time needed to explore 2-3 hours
Method of
transportation
 car

 

Fishing in Tamano City 2015 summer

How are you guys doing? It’s Mr. Wada back on duty.

Before autumn officially begins (Sep 23rd), I and Mrs. Wada wanted to achieve our last goal for fishing. Get a big fish! At least something bigger than “haze” (goby) fish we previously caught.

 

Research Fishing Spots

I researched fishing spots on the web and also a fishing tool store called POINT near our place. Apparently there is a well-known port for fishing in Tamano City. Tamano City is in Southern Okayama Prefecture, about 30-min drive from where we live. Not too far.

OK, so we will give a shot in Tamano this time!

Off to Tamano City

We kinda overslept (!) but not fatal. We still left home at 6-ish AM.

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Morning!

Now we head to Shin-Tai Port.

Fishing at Shin-Tai Port

Alright here we are. There were anglers already.

Shin_Tai_Port
Nice view

 

Fishing_rod
Let’s get started!

 

Something’s been taking bait, but I don’t feel any presence of fish. Hmmm…then Mrs. Wada suddenly got something.

Mebaru
Tada!

 

This is Mebaru fish (Rockfish). A bit small but supposedly yummy. We’d keep it! I remember my mom used to cook this fish.

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That’s the way she does…

 

She seemed to have found a good spot. On the other hand, I’ve been struggling. Bait (worms) kept disappearing! Hm……

Then another came to Mrs. Wada.

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The same rockfish.

And even another!

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B…BIG! But I don’t know what it is called.

It wouldn’t stop!

Fugu
Fugu (blow fish). Better release since it’s got poison.

 

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unknown fish part 2.

 

I suppose it’s her day. BUT BUT, as a team THE-WADAS, we’ve done pretty well. And the fish here looked way better than regular “haze” fish!

Alright, let’s call it a day. I may revenge another time.

Mr_Wada_fishing
Me taking over her spot and getting nothing….

 

Lastly

I always hated the insane heat of summer but when it comes to end I feel a bit sad. Yeah, that’s it, and….YEEEEY my favorite season, autumn, has come! We’ve got to hang out and enjoy this beautiful season!

See you around!

cooked_fish