Kyogamaru Green Park
Kyogamaru Green Park is a family-oriented interactive amusement park, well-loved by people living inside and outside of Ibara City. This park has something for everyone: For children, there is the "Kyogamaru Waku-waku Dragon House", while the Kyogamaru trailer camp ground is aimed at families, the Green Sports House caters to groups or clubs, and in summer there is an outdoor music stage.
It's a place you can spend the whole day, with an open field, an athletic "Trim Course", a long slide, a "Children's Village" and a mini-putt golf course. Bungalows are available for rent, making this an enjoyable place just to stop for the night. The summer nights fill with the songs of insects, creating just the right mood.
At 400m above sea level, the Takahara, Yoshii-cho area has been designated an agrarian village style resort. Here, old-fashioned thatch-roofed farm buildings have been reconstructed, preserving the pleasant atmosphere of the farm buildings. These buildings vividly recall a past when people gathered around the hearth under a thatched roof, allowing visitors to spend a relaxing time here.
Bisei Astronomical Observatory
The name "Bisei" is composed of the Kanji (Japanese character) "bi", meaning beautiful, and "sei", meaning stars, and just as the name suggests, Bisei-cho is renown for the beauty of its night sky, which is protected by local ordinances against light pollution. This public observatory has a 101cm-diameter lens telescope, the largest in the country, allowing one to see the beautiful stars. Around the festival of tanabata, on July 7, observers flock to the observatory to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, while the local area is the site of a tanabata festival.
Bisei Astronomical Observatory is the largest observatory open to the public where anyone can come and watch the stars.
Chusei-yumegahara is a re-creation of village life in the Kibi Plateau area during the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, based on historical information gleaned from ancient picture scrolls and excavations.
After you pass through the Medieval Gate leading to the village and walk along the hardened road along the face of the mountain, you will come upon a small shrine by the entrance to the village, flanked by five-ring towers. In the village, the making of straw crafts such as zori sandals is demonstrated at the farm house, while smoke rises from cooking fires.
When you walk over the next hill, you enter the bustling Sansai-ichi street market.
In the distance, a mountain castle towers over the city, while watchtowers and guardrooms with stockpiles of foodstuffs stand ready for use in wartime. The mountaintop castle provides a view of the entire territory, while the lord of the castle lived in a hall at the foot of the mountain.
This is the picture of medieval life presented by Chusei-yumegahara. The TV samurai drama "Musashi" and the movie "Azumi 2" were filmed on location here.
Hoshizora Noen Cottages
On this plateau surrounded by mountains, visitors can grow flowers and vegetables, gaze up at the starry night sky, and feel the sense of romance seep in. Here you can find two two-storey wooden cottages, 48 farm plots available for lease, as well as cooking facilities and space to have a barbeque.
Hoshi no Sato Fureai Center
This center is a training facility geared to small groups, featuring accommodations, a playground, a gym and an archery range. It is located close to the Bisei Astronomical Observatory, making it a convenient place to stay after watching the stars. In addition, an international shakuhachi (bamboo flute) workshop is held here in spring and summer, attracting a large number of musicians from both Japan and abroad.