Tama Museum Kishi Station in Wakayama

Tama Museum Kishi Station in Wakayama

Hi there. I would like to share our trip to Tama Museum Kishi Station in Wakayama City.

Tama Museum Kishi Station

Kishi Station (Wakayama Electric Railway) is known as a cat station. Since Tama, a tortoiseshell cat, became a mascot character of this station it has been one of major destinations in Wakayama City.

Tama Museum Kishi Station

 

Meet Train Master Tama

Tama was assigned to be the first cat station master in 1999. After years two cats from Okayama named Ni-Tama (the 2nd) and Yon-Tama (the 4th) to take over Tama’s position since Tama was too old for his duty already. The two cats normally have schedule for being a station master at two different stations.

 

Trains

There are three types of trains which are Umeboshi Densha, Omocha Densha and Tama Densha. Each train has its concept like Omocha (toy) Densha has some toys displayed. Check the official website if you would like to ride a particular one.

Note:
Since there is NO parking at Kiso Station, I suggest to catch one of these neat trains at Wakayama Station. It’s just a 30-minute ride (it costs 780 yen by a day pass). Or else, park at Idakiso Station (5 stations away) where Yon-Tama works at.

Tama Densha (train)

Umeboshi Densha (train)

Omocha Densha (train)

 

Tama Cafe

Kishi Station has a souvenir store and also a cafe called Tama Cafe. Its specialty is HOT CAT. You know, not hot dog but cat. No matter if you find it funny. It got fish sausage instead of regular pork sausage. It comes with tar-tar or ketchup on top (you pick). I would go for tar-tar. Well, to be frank, food tastes very ordinary. However it’s nice to chill out at a place like this, don’t you think?

 

Information

Ni-Tama
Working Hours

10:00 – 16:00

Days off: Wednesdays and Thursdays

Access Kishi station

*for drivers: There is NO parking at Kiso station. Parking is available at Idakiso station.

 

Yon-Tama
Working Hours

10:00 – 16:00

Days off: Mondays and Fridays

Access

Idakiso station

 

Website: http://www.wakayama-dentetsu.co.jp/en/

 

Lastly

How do you find it? I didn’t know there was such a connection between Okayama and Wakayama except they sound similar.

See you around.

Hilly Town Shimotsui in Kurashiki City

shimotsui in kurashiki

Hi there its Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like share our trip to Shimotsui in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture.

Hilly Town Shimotsui in Kurashiki City

Shimotsui is in northern Kurashiki, facing Seto Inland Sea and right beside the Great Seto Bridge that connects to Shikoku Island. I always see octopus from Shimotsui at sushi restaurants and wondered how this town would be like. Let’s see what we discovered in this small hilly town. Deeper Okayama, I’d say.

shimotsui in kurashiki
Under the Great Seto Bridge.

 

Great View from Tatsunourani-Mashimasu Shrine

It feels a bit nostalgic that reminds me of my dad’s hometown. By the way, we’d encounter cats very often (too bad we couldn’t take pics). They seemed friendly enough but try not disturb…. Since there’s an animation movie set in Shimotsui, you’ll notice there are many pictures of scenes from the movie on the street (pics below).

shimotsui in kurashiki
See this character is running on this street?

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
The shrine is up there.

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
The shrine, very compact.

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
So the view would be like this huh? We will see….

 

shimotsui in kurashiki
Tada! Sure a nice view as seen in the picture, isn’t it? (pant pant)

 

Access

1-15-30 Shimotsuitanoura, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama

 

Lunch Time at Shimotsui-Tei

I couldn’t help thinking about having octopus since we were in Shimotsui. We found this ryokan where it serves fresh seafood for lunch. That’d meet my demand! Perfect.

shimotsui in kurashiki
Octopus, Tai (sea bream), and some more sashimi with side dishes. Might not be in big portions but yummer! (1,200 yen)

Access

4-1-3 Shimotsui, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama

 

Shimotsui Train Station (Closed)

This closed station seems to be another popular destination in Shimotsui.  Shimotsui Station had been opened between 1914 to 1991 (!) and now it is being preserved as a part of Shimotsui’s history by local community. We can still stop by and enter the platform. Neat.

shimotsui in kurashiki

 

Alright. Let’s call it a day.

 

Lastly

How do you find it? It is certainly a minor destination in Okayama but for getting to know more of REAL Japan, this would a good starter. Hope it helps.

See you around!