Ohi is a very small town of 9,000 friendly people, including Natasho Village, in the Deep South of Fukui. It is situated between Obama and Takahama -on the Wakasa Bay. Though small, it is surrounded by the beautiful mountains and the sea, which at times can be quite scenic. If you want to relax and get away from the city, Ohi and the rest of the south, are definitely the places to come to.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
If you ever want to visit Oi, you can take the JR Obama Line from Tsuruga. Get off at Wakasa Hongo station - and you're in Oi!
Take Route 27 southwest from Tsuruga. After an hour and fifteen minutes of driving through Mihama, Mikata, Kaminaka and Obama, you'll have finally reached Oi.
Mama Store on Route 27
A-coop along Route 1.
Mini Stop on Route 27 just past the Mama Store.
We have Fukui Bank, a post office, a mechanics, a hospital, a few small restaurants and izakayas (japanese styled bars).
We are quite a rich town with a few nuclear power stations so a lot of our facilities are pretty new.
KINOKO NO MORI or The Mushroom Forest.
It's a nice place to enjoy a picnic and... see mushrooms grow. But the best attraction is here; you can slide down the longest slide in Japan!
Onsen, open all year round and beautiful views over the town and the mountains. Just off Route 1.
OI ATHLETIC PARK
There's a great fitness Center, pool, tennis courts, baseball field, gym and library. The fitness center is modern, usually empty, but rather expensive. It's 10,000Yen to join and 7000Yen every month for full membership. If you want only the pool, it's a little cheaper or only the gym. One time visits are 2500Yen for the fitness center and 1000Yen for the pool.
Is a 30 meter waterfall on path up Toukisan. Rhododendrons on the mountain are pretty in spring.
It takes about 90 minutes to climb to the top. By car, take Route 162 through Natasho village to Toukisan Seishounen Ryokoumura. The path to the mountain begins here. By train, take Natasho bus from Obama station to Kowada stop. The path is a short walk to the left.
Is a small temple in a beautiful area. The Main Hall and the 1000-armed Kannon are National Treasures. By car, take Route 6 towards Natasho but turn left. By train, take Natasho bus from Obama station to Nodai stop. It's about a 10 minutes walk to the temple.
Every first weekend of August, Oi holds its Super Ogase Festival. Friday evening is the Obon dancing. On Saturday evening, the festival goers can purchase a torch for 100Yen and walk them to the water, where they can enjoy a taiko show, fireworks accompanied by music and see wild, drunk men light a hug structure made of hay with fire. After it's lit, the men spin it around and dodge the falling pieces of hay! It's crazy, but rather entertaining.