Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roadside Station Otsuki

   Otsuki Town, located at the most western edge of Shikoku Island, is a treasure trove of nature. The town is famous for its sublime and beautiful scenery of granite and coral, and is considered a mecca of marine sports. Popular experiences are sea cruising, snorkeling and sea kayaking.

   The town is also blessed with the beautiful and famous island of Kashiwajima, which is situated in the southernmost part of the town. Since the Kuroshio current and the Bungo channel cross around the island, the sea is rich enough for almost 1000 species of fish to inhabit. Therefore, many people from all over the country visit there for surfing, fishing and scuba diving.

   Roadside Station Otsuki has another name, “Fureai Park Otsuki,” or “Furepa” for short. It is popular among local peole and tourists. “Fureai” means warm communications between people. You can buy locally hand-made lunch boxes, fresh vegetables and seafood, dried marine products and souvenirs at the “Otsuki Fureai Market” in the roadside station.

   Otsuki Soft Serve is also very popular because it is made from only fresh milk from the town and tastes very good. In addition, another thing that makes Furepa more interesting and different than other roadside stations is that it has a park that not only kids but also adults can enjoy. There is even a 100 meter long roller slide!

   You can also see some field sculptures made of regional granite dotted around the park. Moreover, there is a grand staircase with 334 steps made of regional granite and you can enjoy watching beautiful azalea in full bloom alongside the staircase in late April. Why don’t you drop by the exceptional roadside station “Furepa” when you visit Otsuki Town?

 Location: 2610 Hiromi, Otsuki Town Closed: Dec31-Jan2.
 Hours: Shop: 8:30am-5:00pm Restaurant: 9:00am-9:00pm
 (Parking, restrooms and telephones are available 24 hours.)
 TEL: 0880-73-1610


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