Usu Guide


Welcome to Usu in HOKKAIDO.

Usu is different from the Mt.Usu.
There is a port town a beautyful cove Usu Bay

Usu Bay
My name is Zen the mascot character of  Usu-Zenkoji .
My hair stayle is the sharp of hatched roof of Usu-Zenkoji.

My working hours :
Late April to October / about 10am to 3pm



Behind the sea Usu Bay

When I am tired. I often relax on a bench or in the tree shade. 


Market entrance

Selling specialty local food and goods

A variety of seaweed 

Other ….
Japanese sweets,  drink, etc
flesh and delicious!


Good luck charm Fuku-OMAMORI
Hello! My name is ZEN.
I live in Usu Zenko-ji.
My eyes are tired, so I'll buy
some Wipe-OMAMORI Fuku-mamori.
Usu-Zenko-ji monzen market




I helping Usu sightseeing!
Here is Usu Jhon Bachira Memorial Church.
The stone church located in the hill of God
( called"Kamui Takkopu" in Ainu)
I get a great peace of mind.

It is my job to take a picture together.

Hope see you again !



"Polo knot"


A small hill at the tip of Usu Bay



"Polo knot"

There is an observatory at the top.

There isn’t much snow in  Usu-cho,

so it is climbable all year round.


The spot of a fine sunset.

Today I started climbing from "Pomma".



The "Polo knot” can be seen on the right.

From here you can reach the summit

in about 5 minutes.

"Polo knot Forest Park"


The start of the climbing point.



Spectacular big trees!



One minute after climbing

You can see the "Pomma"

from earlier down below.








These are the stairs to the observatory

at the steepest climb.


The first flight of stairs goes very high!



A superb view is waiting after a climb!



The beautiful sea known as "Usu Blue"




The shining Altri Cape can be seen from here.




Although there are steep climbs too.



These are recommended scenic spots all year round!

Story of ZEN in Usu 1
Nice to meet you.
My name is ZEN.

Here is a temple  built in Edo Period.


ZEN's hairstyle..
Form of thatched roof of Usu Zenko-ji Temple.
I like it.
Let me introduce you to my friend "Usu-wan" .
It's a swan can not fly living in Usu Bay.
This story is to be continued.sweat01


Hokkaido "Usu healing road "guide
(Usu station   2016.9.)

There  is wonderful walking trail beginning at

 John Batchelor Memorial Church

and   continuing to Enmei Jizouson in Uso Cho, Date city, Hokkaido, which is both   relaxing and healing.

Along this short walking trail there is a church,

a shrine and jizoudo.

We would like to take you step by step down this walking trail starting from Usu station.


We   begin the trail at Usu station.

Usu   station is located

between Date station and Toya station.

If you walk at a leisurely pace it will   take you about ten minutes to go from Usu station to John Batchelor Memorial   Church. The first point you will   encounter along the way


you will soon see the John Batchelor Memorial Church.

(John Batchelor Memorial Church  2015.12.12)

John   Batchelor Memorial Church is located on a hill. This area is especially beautiful around   June when the hydrangea flowers are in season and the church is surrounded by   the flowers in full bloom. Regardless   of what time of year you visit, you will always feel relaxed here.


Now we   will return to the Ishibashi store on the same path we took to John Batchelor   Memorial Church. From there we will go   onward to Usu bay and Usu Zenkoji. This will take us toward Usu Zenkoji Temple.

When   you arrive at the fork in the road, go towards the left. You will see the   ocean on your left side, and to your right side you will see the red Torii   (arches) of Ousuyama shrine. It is a   tiny shrine.


(Ousuyama shrine festival 2016.8.15)

(Ousuyama shrine 2015.12.12.)
(Ousuyama shrine 2016.1.1.)

The Ousuyama shrine is known to local residents as “Benten Sama.” It is located by the ocean and is nice and   quiet under the clear blue sky.

(Ousuyama shrine 2016.1.1.)

Yamagamisama   (Mountain God)

From   your left side you can see Usu bay. Soft ocean breezes and warm sunlight will bring you relaxation even in   the month of December. As you look   around you will see many swans who make their home here.


There is   a public restroom here. It is rare to  see a public restroom in Usu cho.

You can use 24 hours.

(2015.3.21. "Usu Bay")

Enmei   (long life) Jizouson is next to the community center swan. The gate is open   at all times. You are permitted to enter the gate even after the temple is   closed.






This   ojisousama is a protector of the health of family and children. For example, if your mother has knee pain,   rub Ojizousama’s knee with a towel and then rub your mother’s knee with the   same towel. This is the way to pray to   Enmei Jizouson.

Ojizousama   is shiny at the places where people have continually rubbed him for   protection and healing over the decades.

This place is full of positive energy, love and peace.

This   short walking trail only takes a total of about eight or nine minutes to complete.
We invite you to please come visit this walking trail.

It will relax you and fill you with energy.

Relax your body and mind   

U S U Vacation Village Crowd funding



Usu Vacation Village Crowdfunding



Usu   Vacation Village Crowdfunding


Usu , Date city, in Hokkaido, is nice and full of nature.

We want to create a center for relaxation  in Usu cho.

To accomplish this we started a crowdfunding campaign called

“Usu Vacation Village” with our friends.


My name is Hiroko Hataya.

I'm a native of Date city, Hokkaido.

Since 1995,

I have operated my foot massage school in Sapporo.

My dream has always been to create an oasis like place

where people can relax and heal.


In   Hokkaido, spring usually arrives in late April,

but in Usu the weather is nice with plenty of warm sunlight in March.


Mt. Usu   is one of Japan’s most well-known volcanoes with an elevation of 737 meters   (2,418 feet). It is located south of   Lake Toya and is surrounded by a rich natural environment.

Our first step

toward building Usu Vacation Village

is to sell our foot healing  products.

We will sell our products
and use the profits to expand our existing facility
and studio little by little in the future.

Our handmade studio.

The desks for the sewing machine is also handmade.

In this photograph
I am making a sanitary pad constructed from KODENSHI fiber,
which   is waterproof and safe for the body.
These sanitary pads are ideal for women who always feel cold
and may  suffer from urinary incontinence.


The sole   reflects the condition of your health.

It is a lesser known fact that if your feet are having problems,

you may also have other health problems more often.

When your feet are distressed,

other parts of your body exprerience distress as well.

When   your heart is fatigued, your feet will get cold.

If your stomach and bowels are sluggish,

the arches of your feet will swell.

When your back feels tired,   

your toes become hard and dry.

As a consequence, when your feet get hard

and dry you are more easily prone to become irritable or angry.

The problem is that no one cares that your feet are tired.

The key to your health is your feet.
It's time to realize that the health of your feet is very important.

Self-applied  foot massage lesson.

It's also good exercise during the winter season.

The   recycled center stick from a plastic wrap package can be used as a massage   tool that can be used while either sitting or standing. You can learn how to get rid of tired legs.

How do we use your donation?
During   the last year we spent a lot of time and money researching how to create our   products from scratch. Our efforts   were successful and we finally created our health support products. However, because all of our products are   handmade we can only produce a limited amount. We require your donation so   that we can increase our production to accept large volume orders.
Our   fundraising goal is 4,000,000 yen total. So far we have raised 3,200,000   yen. We are only 800,000 yen short of   our fundraising goal. With these   monies we will be able to buy materials, develop product packaging, and   purchase advertising. Please support   our first step toward building Usu Vacation Village and for the future of   Usu.


When   your heart is fatigued, your feet will get cold. If your stomach and bowels are sluggish, the arches of your feet will swell. When your back feels tired,  your toes become hard and dry. As a consequence, when your feet get hard and dry you are more easily prone to become irritable or angry. The problem is that no one cares that your feet are tired.

What will Usu Vacation Village be like?

We   would like to provide tours for people to visit historic landmarks and   beautiful sites in Usu. We will   produce and sell custom health foot bands and foot support products. We will also offer foot massage lessons.

In   addition, we plan to restore historic landmarks such as John Batchelor   Memorial Church in the future. We   will also train new foot massage therapists to volunteer their services in   disaster areas.

Foot   massage therapist volunteer.

During the eruption of Mt. Usu in 2000,

we volunteered to give foot massages and   

taught a foot massage class for the people

who were evacuated due to the eruption.

A lot of people were tired  and mentally exhausted at that time.

When your feet get well then your whole body gets well too. When your feet are soft, and your heart is   soft, your mind becomes more flexible. Your mind will be young and your face will look younger too.

We are   looking forward to your support for Usu Vacation Village!

Usu   Vacation Village Crowdfunding


You   will get a Usu postcard if you make a donation of 3,000 yen.

You will   get a foot band if you make a donation of 10,000 yen.

8_2  Enmei   (long life) Jizouson


Usu Zenkouji(Temple)
"Usu Bay"



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