Mizuho is a great place for a day out or a weekend break. Just 10 minutes from the Mizuho exit of the Hamada high way, you’ll find a European herb garden, camping grounds– and we mean civilized Japanese-style ‘camping’ in cabins with kitchens and heating and private bathrooms– several outstanding restaurants, hot springs,  a craft workshop, and an ice-cream parlour which uses local milk.

Enjoy lunch or dinner at Ajikura, Jomon Mura, or Manpukutei.  A word of warning: these three places fill up quickly on weekends and national holidays. Make a reservation. If you are on a tighter budget, you can also eat at Cafe Kamuri or Irodori and there is also a wood-fired pizza place, Tanoshibito, which unfortunately was closed on the day we visited but it’s also nice. If you’re bringing kids, the Craft Kan is a good way to keep them busy for an hour or so and there is an adventure playground in the woods for older children. In December, Mizuho plays host to ‘Inaka Illumination’ in December.

All in all, a good place for a leisurely stroll, hot spring, and good food.


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