My town navigator [Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara]

2018.02.19 Mon / Nara, Recommended Foods, Rural Activities

30 minutes from Osaka City, Excursion in nature of Nara

Let’s discover the northwest of Nara, like Kashiba City, the border between Osaka Prefecture, and Koryo-cho, next to Kashiba City! The access to Kashiba from Osaka is very good; Japan National Route 165 connecting Osaka City and Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, and Japan National Route 168 connecting Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture and Hirakata City, Osaka Prefecture run through, and also it takes about 20 minutes by train from Osaka City. Kashiba has some attractions; Taishido (Prince Shotoku Road), the mausolea of Japanese Emperors, shrines and temples, and Donzurubo, which has marvelous scenery of weaving tuff.

Koryo-cho is rich in nature and history. There are Umami Kyuryo (Hill) Park, which is about 56 hectares, Taketori Park, which has the legend of Princess Kaguya, and so on. Also, sock manufacturing has grown up to produce 5 hundred million pairs a year. The sock manufacturing started as a sideline of farmers about 100 years ago. Now, the sock manufacturing here accounts for about 40% in Japan and Koryo-cho is knows as a sock town. Mr. Tanoue of [ DE-NA-LI ], the outdoor clothing brand based in Koryo-cho shows around Kashiba City and Koryo-cho.

Mr. Yu Tanoue of [DE-NA-LI]


Umami Kyuryo Park
Engage with beautiful nature from season to season
Umami Kyuryo Park is the public park opened in 1991 in order to preserve nature and the ancient burial mounds. It was 10 hectares when it opened but now it became 5 times bigger, and is the second biggest park in Nara after Nara Park. Mr. Tanoue said, “There are a lot of visitors from other prefectures to enjoy the nature. The park is well looked after and clean environment.” There are 13 ancient burial mounds in the park. It has flowers for the season such as dahlias, roses and cherry blossoms, and also you can catch some beetles in summer. Don’t miss this park when you are around this area!

Umami Kyuryo Park
2202 Samita, Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara


Apply outdoor clothing style as townwear
The CEO and the designer of [ DE-NA-LI ] is Mr. Yu Tanoue who loves outdoor activities and is a camp instructor. He opened his studio-cum-office in Koryo-cho since he wanted to create a brand using materials made in Nara, a textile town. Their functional and well-designed items such as cashmere mix fluffy socks, and their original jeans using Japanese indigo dyeing techniques are very popular.

The [ DE-NA-LI ] classic five pocket jeans using Japanese indigo dyeing selvedge denim are stocked in backyard. ¥21,800

1623-8 Mitsuyoshi, Koryo-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara
Phone: +81-(0)745-43-8774
Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm / Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and National holidays


Having lunch at nostalgic café
[ Misasagi ] is a roadside café on Chuwa arterial road connecting Kashiba City and Sakurai City in Nara. The owner has the Harley. He was introduced in the bike magazine, and then bikers stop by his café on holidays. Mr. Tanoue said, “I often come here to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Coffee and Pilaf are recommended.” He feels very comfortable here and sometimes he stays over 1 hour. It’s nice to have the favorite café at the local area.

The Pilaf with good flavor of bacons and pleasantly chewy texture of mushrooms is a popular dish. It comes with salad. ¥550

Café & restaurant Misasagi
6-22 Misasagidai, Koryo-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara
Phone: +81-(0)745-55-2102
Hours: 8:00am – 7:00pm / Closed on Tuesdays

Somanokawa Farm

Fresh eggs from Yamato Plateau for souvenir
[ Somanokawa Farm ] is the egg specialty farm in Kashiba City. Their landmark is a log house with gable roof. They directly sell Somanokawa Plateau eggs taken at the poultry farm at Somanokawa. Mr. Tanoue has been eating their eggs since he was a kid. According to him, their eggs are exquisite to eat as Tamago kake gohan (rice mixed with raw egg). Special pack sold only at the farm and shipment are available. In January, “Daikan tamago (egg)”, symbolized wishes for good health for the year is recommended.

Special pack sold only at the farm is the best sell. Selected eggs of less-aged chicken are packed. ¥380

Somanokawa Farm
354 Bessho, Kashiba, Nara
Phone: +81-(0)745-77-7318
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm / Closed on Thursdays

Apple House

Don’t miss the large selection of hip houseplants!
[ Apple House ] is a florist shop along Japan National Route 165. It was opened in 1989. Originally, the father of Mr. Tanoue was coming to this shop. He said, “Somewhere down the line, I started to visit here as well. I bought staghorn fern for [ DE-NA-LI ] here.” Popular succulent plants and carnivorous plants such as Tillandsia and Nepenthes are sold at a good price, so it’s a popular shop for the people from other prefectures, too.

The inside of the shop is a greenhouse, and various houseplants are available. Staghorn fern planted moss ball ¥2,980

Apple House
2028 Kawaraguchi, Kashiba, Nara
Phone: +81-(0)745-78-0871
Hours: 9:00 – 18:00 / Closed on Wednesdays

Mr. Yu Tanoue of [ DE-NA-LI ]
He is 37 years old and from Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara. He got a job at an apparel company about 20 years ago. After he worked as a merchandiser at a vintage/second-hand clothing store and a children’s clothing store, he opened [ DE-NA-LI ] at his hometown, Koryo-cho in 2012. He is influenced by < A River Runs Through It>.

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