Top 10 Things to do in Maniwa, Japan

August 23, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Maniwa is a city located in north-central Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The modern city of Maniwa was established on March 31, 2005, from the merger of the town of Hokubō; the towns of Katsuyama, Ochiai, ...
Restaurants in Maniwa

1. Kazeno Ie Michi-no-Eki

1380-6 Hiruzenkamitokuyama, Maniwa 717-0612, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-66-4393
Excellent
29%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Kazeno Ie Michi-no-Eki

Reviewed By lpincher94 - Maniwa, Japan

the road station has both western and Japanese toilets, which is always a bonus for me. It also has a large sheltered area where local fruits and veg are sold by local farmers, and the packages actually tell you which farmer/farm grew/picked the veg you're eating, which I thought was really cool. also opposite the station in August and I guess september, is a lovely little sunflower field, with platforms and everything to look over and around. definitely one of the better road stations I've been to!

2. Kamba Falls

640 Kamba, Maniwa 717-0004, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-44-2701
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Kamba Falls

Reviewed By The_Savvy_Glutton - Melbourne, Australia

Came here on hotel personnel's advise. It is selected as one of Japan's 100 major Waterfalls.
There's a small entry fee of ¥300 per adult and if you collect souvenir stamps they have it here too. Sometimes there will be monkeys in the area so don't bring food or plastic bags that look like there's food in it.
The walk to the fall is not very far but the rocks that serve as steps were not the easiest to walk on so wear comfy shoes. We were lucky to see it in autumn when it's surrounded by a myriad of colours of trees. Definitely worth a sidetrack if you are heading to the cute noren (traditional Japanese fabric dividers) town nearby.

3. Hiruzen Jerseyland

956-222 Hiruzennakafukuda, Maniwa 717-0501, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-66-7011
Excellent
17%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 62 reviews

Hiruzen Jerseyland

Reviewed By lpincher94 - Maniwa, Japan

Jersey Land is the largest farm of Jersey Cows in all of Japan. You can pet/feed them here if they're about for a small fee, and also buy products like yogurt and coffee made from their milk. Entry is free, and the restaurant attached does a good cheese fondue (for Japan's general standard of cheese, this place isn't half bad). As a Brit, cows are pretty much an animal you can see every day, so personally it wasn't the most exciting place in the world, but the scenery is gorgeous and it's worth a visit. Especially for the ice-cream.

4. Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area

Hiruzen Kamifukuda, Maniwa 717-0613, Okayama Prefecture
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Hiruzen Daisen Skyline Kimen Lookout Rest Area

Reviewed By lpincher94 - Maniwa, Japan

it's a bit of a drive (no public transport) but the views from the top of the autumnal colours was fantastic! you get a good view of both Hiruzen to the south and Daisen in Tottori to the north, as it straddles the border between Okayama and Tottori prefecture. there's also a cute little shop at the top with ice-cream and locally made food/souvenirs for sale.

5. Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area

Katsuyama, Maniwa 717-0013, Okayama Prefecture
Excellent
20%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Historical Katsuyama Town Conservation Area

Reviewed By The_Savvy_Glutton - Melbourne, Australia

One of the cutest town I've been to in Japan where almost every shop including post office here has a noren (traditional Japanese fabric dividers) with most of them depicting the business that the shop carries out.
Pity we went on a Wednesday when it's day off for the shops otherwise we expected to see more activities and buy some noren while here. I recommend that you leave at least 2-3 hours for this town especially if you want to sample and buy locally brewed Japanese wine here.

6. Daigo Zakura

Bessho, Maniwa 719-3157, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-52-1111
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Daigo Zakura

Reviewed By mmchan28 - Himeji, Japan

It took 2 hours to get to this cherry tree by car since many cars were crowded. So, me and my husband walked an up-hill road for 40 minutes. So tired, but this tree was worth seeing. Great, beautiful,wonderful!!!

7. Hiruzen Herb Garden Her Bill

1480-64 Hiruzen Nishikayabe, Maniwa 717-0604, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-66-4533
Excellent
39%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Hiruzen Herb Garden Her Bill

Reviewed By lpincher94 - Maniwa, Japan

Although Herbill is closed from December ish to April because of the snow, it's a wonderful afternoon out when it's open. With food made from local ingredients and using the herbs they grow right there, it is delicious and reasonably priced. The afternoon tea also uses locally-made scones made by a woman who lived in England for several years, and tea imported from the UK. A little gift shop also supplies tea and other locally-made cute products. The Gardens and views themselves are also stunning. It is also dog-friendly (though if eating there is an outside covered patio that you have to eat at). Although you can't get there by public transport, it is in a lovely location. Upstairs there are also wreath crafting workshops and other events that happen that change year round. At 300yen entry, I think it's pretty reasonable.

8. Shiogama Cold Spring

Hiruzenshimofukuda, Maniwa 717-0504, Okayama Prefecture
Excellent
38%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Shiogama Cold Spring

Reviewed By lpincher94 - Maniwa, Japan

The Cold Spring is a nice little secluded spot, and different to Japan's usual hot Springs (naturally, aha). It produces around 300l per second - though you are not allowed to take any home with you in any bottles you might bring - there is a Fountain not too far away if you'd like to do that instead. there are also a few stalls nearby selling locally-grown produce, and a little restaurant and stuff too.

9. Hiruzen Kogen Service Area Up Line

2064-5 Hiruzen Nishikayabe, Maniwa 717-0604, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-66-4244
Excellent
13%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 37 reviews

Hiruzen Kogen Service Area Up Line

Reviewed By k_matsu132 - Kushiro-shi, Hokkaido, Japan

 この日の朝、出雲市のホテルを発った宍道湖を眺めながら松江に入り、松江城とその周辺を観光しました。
 1ケ月近い今回の四国・中国を巡った旅も終わりに近づき、この日は、敦賀まで走ります。高速に乗って少し走ると、大山の姿が大きくなってきました。見る角度によって、その姿を大きく変える、素敵な山でした。
 その大山が過ぎようとしたあたりにあったのが、蒜山高原SAです。SAの端からは、今通ってきた大山と目の前の蒜山の雄大な景色が見渡せました。

10. Hiruzen Highlands Center Joyful Park

1205-197 Hiruzen Kamifukuda, Maniwa 717-0602, Okayama Prefecture +81 867-66-3600
Excellent
20%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 63 reviews

Hiruzen Highlands Center Joyful Park

Reviewed By jstyt - Singapore

I ate at the bbq lamb and beef restaurant. I did not go into the park. From the outside the park looks nice. I think i will bring my kid there next time i am going to hiruzen. At the gift area, there is a restaurant behind. the food is okay, nothing to great to shout about. I had steak bbq and my family had yakisoba, and tenzaru soba. My driver had lamb bbq. the steak at daisen lookout bbq looks better. I would suggest going to the park and gift shop which is huge by the way and seem to sell everything in hiruzen except 5.0 milk and try the bbq down the street. it looks better. the one next to wood pao or at daisen lookout.

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