Located around an hour on the limited express train from Okayama, along the former highway of Furumachi, Ohara, a town that used to prosper as a post town, Nambatei opened on March 30th, 2013.
Four youngsters, who moved to Okayama from Tokyo, wanted to create a place for people to gather. With the cooperation of the region and the vitality of the new inhabitants, they renovated a disused traditional Japanese house in the town center. The house was reborn into a refined yet youthful meeting place while protecting the rich atmosphere of the Ohara townscape.
Inside you can find the brand company stores of each of the three couples who built Nambatei.
Here you can find good things from Okayama, which is abundant with handcrafted items; wooden cutlery, vegetable dyed textile products, jewelry and folk craft products are all on offer.
Someyasuzuki, which sells vegetable dyed products, is a popular shop that even has a branch in Tokyo. As Nambatei also serves as the creator’s workshop, you can buy items directly from the creator.
We also recommend visiting Fureru Shokudo, which serves dishes made from wild game. It’s a small restaurant run by a single person, but all the dishes are carefully prepared gems. You can enjoy safe, secure and delicious cuisine made with local ingredients.
The shop focuses on wild game cuisine, such as deer and wild boar, which are hunted in nearby areas, so they can be enjoyed at their freshest.
Good things from Okayama combined with refined metropolitan taste, presented in the bustling atmosphere of the meeting spot, how about a visit to Nambatei, the current form of Ohara Inn, which was once loved as a travelers’ oasis.
Address: 1621 Furumachi, Mimasaka city, Okayama prefecture
Tel: 0868-75-3104 (Main number)
Reception hours: 11:00-17:00 (Closed every Wednesday)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai & Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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