Located in the mountainous region of Mine city, Yamaguchi prefecture, Roadside Station Ofuku is surrounded by several famous sightseeing spots.
While to the east, there is the Akiyoshi plateau [https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/510] and the Akiyoshido cavern [https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/610], to the north there is the town of Misuzu Kaneko (children’s poet) [https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/514]…
The facilities at Roadside Station Ofuku include a hot spring and footbaths, the water to which flows directly from the source – a great place to heal travel fatigue!
As well as the hot springs, the other thing that blows fatigue away is the wide variety of local gourmet on offer, as you might expect from a roadside station located in the mountains.
Without further ado, I’d like to introduce my personal favorites from among the delicacies on offer. This is my top 3!
Best No.1 : Spinach Salad Sherbet
Mine city’s specialty definitely has to be spinach! The sherbet is a gem of a sweet that has condensed within it the delicious flavor of fresh spinach, which is filled with iron and vitamins. Its slight sourness just takes away that travel fatigue… It’s especially delicious after relaxing in the hot springs.
Best No.2 : Great Burdock Croquette
Made with an abundance of great burdock, another of Mine city’s specialties are these croquettes. The flavor of the salty-sweet seasonings is followed by the lingering flavor of great burdock, which further stimulates the appetite. At the restaurant, you can also enjoy mixed great burdock tempura. The root that is filled with nutrition warms both the body and the mind.
Best No.3 : Ohmine Junmai 100ml
Brewed by Ohmine Shuzo, a local brewery established during Edo period, Ohmine Junmai sake is praised for its peach‑like fragrance and sweetness. As it’s a well-known sake drank worldwide in places such as New York and Hong Kong, it makes a perfect souvenir for sake-loving friends especially since the packaging is so chic.
Making it a tranquil spot where you end up staying for a while, the roadside station is surrounded by traditional Japanese countryside. Welcoming you at the entrance is the station’s mascot character, Kero-kun. Why does he have a microphone? Do drop by to check out why!
Oidemase! Come to Yamaguchi!
Roadside Station Ofuku
Address: 4383-1 Ofukuchokami, Mine city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Specialties sales corner: 9.00-18.00
Restaurant: (Weekdays) 10.00-15.00, (Sat, Sun, National holidays) 10.00-20.00 * 10.00-11.00 is café time
Ofuku Onsen: 10.00-21.00
URL: http://www.michinoeki-ofuku.jp/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masashi Fujimoto
Masafumi Fujimoto Hi there! My name is Masafumi Fujimoto. Until the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, I was engaged in editing production at an advertising company in Tokyo. However, the earthquake was a turning point in my life and I headed home to Yamaguchi. When I arrived, I was extremely energized and motivated to help revitalize the region, but I had a hard time adjusting to the motivation level of the local people. Around that time I met an elderly lady who said: "It doesn't matter if all the people move away from the island; that's just the nature of things. Someday people will come back again." Lessening the tension I’d been feeling, those few words relieved me hugely, and I was able to finally adjust. Since then, I've been involved in writing and editing magazines, and working in advertisement production, as well as doing a little bit of farming. I also spend time walking around Setouchi searching for the many, many voices out there.
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