Hokkaido Travel Information

08/03/2018

We went to Date City Community Activity Center with ZEN-chan!

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Date City held a meeting about the city's

comprehensive plan for the next 10 years.

We attended the meeting on July 29th (Sunday).

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Of course,

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ZEN-chan also attended on behalf

of UsuVacation Village residents.

The place was

Date City Community Activity Center

next to Date City Hall.

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Around 40 citizens were at the meeting.

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ZEN-chan was listening in the front row.

Thank you for preparing a chair

just for ZEN-chan!

 


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It was a very productive day! 

ZEN-chan! O-TSU-KA-RE-SA-MA!

 

This is a Japanese phrase used

when we want to tell someone:


“You did a good job.”

  or “Whew, it’s over!”

 


 

We are working little by little to spread

the word about Usu-Hokkaido

and its many charms.

 

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06/19/2018

Enjoy seeing strange uniquely-shaped rocks

The Rock with a Beautiful Face

Usu - Hokkaido )

The Twilight Rock

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A silhouette that only appears at nightfall

as if it enjoys the sunset seems towait for a lover.

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A rock in the shape of a beautiful profile appears.

 

The Skull Rock

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The Charanke Rock

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Other rocks

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It is the scenery of the coast

near Usu fishing port

The Lion Rock

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In the vicinity there is

the Legendary Charanke Rocks

and the Skull Rock.

It is a place where you can enjoy seeing

strange uniquely-shaped rocks.

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05/10/2018

The beautiful face-shaped rock Usu-Hokkaido

A silhouette that only comes out at sundown.

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As if it was meant for enjoying the sunset,

 

a rock in the shape of a beautiful face appears.

This is the scenery of the scenery of the coastcoast near

the Usu fishing port.

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03/14/2018

"Usu-Hokkaido" Spring flower information

Early March

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Adois have already began to bloom.
Late March-April
Wild flowers blooming at Usu Zenko-ji.
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Late April-May
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1000 cherry blossoms start to bloom.

(Uau Zenko-ji Nature Park and Usu Zenko-ji)

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Usu church cherry tree

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The best time to see cherry blossoms

From the end of April until around May 20th

"Usu-Hokkaido flower " information is updated

from time to time.

(Flowers are in bloom until late autumn.)

 

 

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03/11/2018

The story of ZEN

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Our story suddenly begins.
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Ezo Owl's "N-E-M-U" 
lives in  the Usu Forest.
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Higuma's(Brown bear)"HI-GU" chan
lives in the mountains of Usu.
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Usu-wan kun (Swan)

lives in the Usu-Bay

and 0saru river.

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Batch-kun lives in the Usu church.

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Others…
The very shy "Usu Usagi" (Snow Rabbit) 
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Bell the dog also make an appearance.
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"ZEN" and "Bell" 's stickers 

are also available on the LINE STORE.

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https://line.me/S/sticker/3018888

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https://line.me/S/sticker/3044163

The English version will be for sale soon.

 
 

03/09/2018

"Usu"walking course

Introducing a walking course to enjoy Usu

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An enjoyable walking course

 

The course starting from Usu station
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Usu station
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13minutes
  
Usu church
(John Batchelor Memorial church)
The church building was built from
the erupted stone of Mt. Usu.

John Batchelor was an Anglican English missionary
that devoted his life to supporting the Ainu people of Japan
and was called “the father of Ainu.”
He first started missionary work here
and is credited with the completion
of the church in 1937.
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 5minutes
 
Usu Beach
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(winter)
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(summer)
  
 8minutes
  
 Pomma
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 6~8minutes
  
Polo-knot Observatory
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(winter)

 

Polo-knot Observatory

It is a forest park at the tip of Usu Bay

White-tailed eagles can be seen migrating in winter.

  
 6minutes
  
Pomma
  
 8minutes
  
A promenade of Usu Bay
  
5 minutes
  
 O-usu-yama-shrine
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1minutes
 
Japanese linden(SHI-NA-NO-KI)
(SHI-NA-NO-KI:in the forest behind the shrine)
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3minutes
 
JIzo-do
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 15minutes
 
Usu Zenko-ji
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7minutes
 
The Usu Zenko-ji Nature Park
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3minutes
 
Bus stop [Usu Zenko-ji natural park Mae]
 
Please check the bus time
or
Usu Zenko-ji -(25minutes)-Usu station
 
It takes about 120 minutes which includes sightseeing
and walking.
(about 65 minutes for only walking
85 minutes when returning to Usu station.)
If you want to enjoy at a slower pace,
one or two sdditional hours are needed.

To prevent long waiting periods

or missing the last bus/train,

please be sure to check the bus and train schedules.

If you want to enjoy at a slower pace,

one or two additional hours are needed


The shortest walking course
 
The course starting from Usu station
Usu station
  ↓
13minutes
  ↓
Usu church
( John Batchelor Memorial church)
  ↓
5 minutes
  ↓
O-usu-yama-shrine
  ↓
  1minutes
  ↓
Japanese linden(SHI-NA-NO-KI)
  ↓
3minutes
  ↓
JIzo-do
  ↓
ZAN-KA-KE street
(Zenko-ji street)
  ↓
15minutes
  ↓
Usu  Zenko-ji
  ↓
7minutes
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The Usu Zenko-ji Nature Park
  ↓
3minutes
  ↓
Bus stop [Usu Zenko-ji Nnatural Park Mae ]
Please check the bus time
or
Usu Zenko-ji -(25minutes)-Usu station
 
Advanced walking course
 
The course starting from Usu station
Usu station
  ↓
13minutes
  ↓
Usu church
( John Batchelor Memorial church)
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  ↓
10minutes
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"Pon Chashi"(Ainu ruins)
        ↓
   8minutes
        ↓
The Arutori Coast Nature House
(Shell museum)
 "Not always open during holidays.
    Please check the museum’s schedule."
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6~8 minutes
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The Arutori Cape
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Arutori Cape

There is a campground at the top of the cape.

You can also enjoy a 360 degree panorama here.

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  25~30minutes
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Usu beach
       ↓
  8minutes
  ↓
Pomma
       ↓
  7minutes
  ↓
Polo-knot Observatory
  ↓
5minutes
  ↓
Pomma
  ↓
8minutes
   ↓
A promenade 0f Usu Bay
       ↓
  5minutes
  ↓
O-usu-yama-shrine
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  ↓
  1minutes
  ↓
Japanese linden
(SHI-NA-NO-KI :in the forest behind the shrine)
  ↓
3minutes
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JIzo-do
  ↓
2minutes
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The road along  Usu Bay
  ↓
13minutes
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Usu  Zenko-ji
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  ↓
7minutes
  ↓
The Usu Zenko-ji Nature Park
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  ↓
3minutes
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Bus stop [Usu Zenko-ji Natural Park Mae ]
Please check the bus time
or
Usu Zenko-ji -(25minutes)-Usu station

Please come and enjoy

a leisurely experience.

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02/24/2018

The legend of the “Gankake” in Usu-cho, Hokkaido

What does "Gankake"(GA-N-KA-KE) means?
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"Gankake"(GA-N-KA-KE) means to
make a humble entreaty,
or in other words,
pray(or wish) to  God or  Buddha.

The legend  of the “Gankake”in Usu-cho.


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(Jizo-do)
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(Ojizo-sama)
 
A long long time ago,
 
 
Ojizo-sama drifted into the Usu Sea.
 
 
People built a "Jizo-do" in the place in which
 
 
"Ojizo-sama" drifted upon and worshiped it.
 
 
Someone wiped "Ojizo-sama"
 
 
wishing for their mother to get better.
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After a while
 
 
Her mother get better.
 
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Some people touched the cloth to their knees
 
 
after wiping Ojizo-sama's knees.
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What a surprisel!
 
 
The pain disappeared.
 
 
As the word spread,
 
 
many peole came to wipe ojizo-sama.
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Ojizo-sama is always wishing for
 
 
everyone's happiness.
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Usu “Health”and “Good luck”Project
 
 
 
In 2015,
 
 
The Usu Vacation Village Projyect
 
 
started "MA-CHI-O-KO-SHI"
 
 
or in other words to revitalize the town.
 
 
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The wipe -OMAMORI(Fuku-OMAMORI),
 
 
is a product that has been prayed
for health and good luck at Usu-Zenko-ji.
 
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Usu Zenko-ji Zen-chan's song is a song
 
that sings sbout the Ojizo-sama and was made
 
just for this project.
 
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Ojizo-sama's temple is called Zenko-ji JIzo-do.
It is 15 minutes on foot from Usu-Zenko-ji.
 

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02/21/2018

-Usu special products-

Blessed with lots of nature!

Please try our seasonal products!

 

Route 37

 

On Usu Melon road

 

Sold here are seasonal vegetables,

fruit, and seafood.

                                                                 Usu Melon road

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Route 37

Direct sales stores of Melon Road

in Usu-cho

Purchasable items of each shop

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Manabi no sato
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Apple juice
Seaweed
Shellfish
fish
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Sato farm
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Apple juice
Apples
Watermelons
Vegetables
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Hara farm
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Melons
Watermelons
Apples
Vegetables
Fujikawa farm
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Melons
Watermelons
Apples
Vegetables
Kumazawa farm
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Pumpkins
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Spring
Vegetables
・tomatoes
・Cabbage
・lettuce etc…
Seaweed
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・Kelp
・Seaweed( Iwanori) etc...
Fish
・(Fish) overnight dried
Fruit
・Strawberries
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Summer
Vegetables
・Tomatoes
・Cabbage
・Lettuce
・Japanese eggplants
・Corn
・pumpkins
・Mini Tomatoes  etc…
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・Watermelons
・ melons
・Apples
Fish
・(Fish) overnight dried
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Autumn-Winter
Vegetables
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・Pumpkins
・Corm
・Mini tomatoes
・Onions
・Cabbage
・Chinese cabbage
・Japanese eggplants etc...
Fruit
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・Apples
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Fresh and tasty

Special products of "Usu"

    Usu Zenko-ji ZEN-chan's song

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    ZEN-chan's song lyrics
    1)
    ZEN-chan  lives in HOKKAIDO
    A mascot of Usu Zenko-ji
    A big  head looks like the  roof of the temple
    Everyone says to me
    Why are your eyebrows  so big ?
    Look at me !  carefully
    It 's  just my big smile
    USU O-JI-ZO-SAMA is
    where your wish will come ture
    ZEN-chan  always
    wishes for  everyone's happiness
    2)
    ZEN-chan  lives in HOKKAIDO
    A mascot of Usu Zenko-ji
    A big face  big hands lovely mascot
    Everyone will ask me
    Why are you always sleeping?
    Look at me !  carefully
    It 's  just my big smile
    USU O-JI-ZO-SAMA is
    where your wish will come ture
    ZEN-chan  always
    wishes for  everyone's happiness

    02/19/2018

    Usu Vacation Village Project activities 2015-2018

    2015
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    diamondLookup information about Usu-cho

    diamondLaunched a website for information

       about Uso-cho

    2016

    diamondCreated a map of Usu

    diamondOpened a booth at Usu Zenko-ji

       Monzen market

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    (Wipe-OMAMORI  Fuku-OMAMORI)

    diamond Created the Usu Zenko-ji mascot "ZEN-chan"

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    2017

    diamondCreated a new map of Usu

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    (English version is being created right now)

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    2018

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     (Printmaker Nitta Tatsuya Offered)

    Activity Expenses for the Usu Vacation Village

     

    Profit from the sale of original products

    Sales from the MON ZEN CAFE

    We are tracking our own activity expenses

     

     

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