Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roadside Station Bios Ogata

   Bios Ogata is located in Ukibuchi, Kuroshio Town, and it takes about two and a half hours by car from Kochi City. “Hinataya Market” and “Restaurant Hinataya” are two must-see locations in the roadside station.

   There are various special local products at “Hinataya Market,” where you can purchase locally harvested fresh vegetables and freshly caught fish. One of the representative products, “Tosa Jiro,” is an egg whose yolk is round and well-seasoned, and it is more nutritious and slightly more expensive than common eggs. Another product is “Dorayaki,” made in Kuroshio Town, which includes red bean paste with plenty of brown sugar.

   Above all, “brown salt,” made from seawater gathered off the shore of the town is very well-known, and used for all the cuisines at the restaurant, “Hinataya,” which was introduced on a NHK TV program, “Asaichi (morning market)” in October. The market opens at 7:00am and closes at 7:00pm.

   Since Kuroshio Town is famous for its bonito, Restaurant Hinataya serves “Roasted Bonito Burger,” a local burger created by students of Ogata High School. The restaurant is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm, and until 9:00pm if reserved.

   Bios Ogata includes a viewpoint which overlooks Irino-Matsubara, a famous picturesque landscape with white sands and green pines in Tosa Seinan Large Scale Park, which is also open to visitors. Unique events are held year-round, such as the “T-shirt Art Exhibition” and the “Barefoot Marathon” in May, as well as the “Seaside Gallery” in August and the “Shallot-blossom Viewing” in October. (Japanese only)


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