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Hinoki no Moto
A kind landlady that you may happen to see at the Izakaya (Japanese style bar/restaurant)
This inn is a Japanese style house located nearby the center of Matsuno-cho, Matsumaru Station, and Poppo Onsen (hot spring). The landlady and her son also run the Izakaya near Matsumaru Station at night, so if you have time you can also stop by there as well. It is only a 15-minute drive from Shimanto River and is one of the bases for sightseeing of Shimanto.
The second house of the family who has the longest history in Matsuno.
Masaki family is a descendant of a merchant, who escaped from Osaka Natsu no Jin* 400 years ago. Now the family established 3 branch families and one runs a Sake brewery and produces famous brand of local sake “Nobushi” in Matsumaru region and another runs an inn called “Shikinosui” in Yoshino region. The latter Masaki family also used to brew sake. Shikinosui is the second house and you can see the 150-years-old brewery at their primary house. The lodge is a two storied house and reserved for a single group of guests. It is located by the quiet riverside along Hiromi River and you will get a feel of luxury long vacation at a reasonable price. *Osaka Natsu no Jin – Siege of Osaka, the battles undertaken by The Tokugawa Shogunate against the Toyotomi clan.
The inn run by generous parents and child , who live at the foot of Nametoko
The foot of Nametoko is called Meguro Region. It is located in the same Matsuno-cho but situated in a different valley than the other regions and the lifestyle of people who coexist with Nametoko still exists. The rice produced in the Meguro River basin is exceptionally delicious rice, because the water is fed from Meguro River, which has Nametoko, the best in class clear water in the Shimanto river system, as a source of the river. You can eat the rice at Muraku. The inn is operated by Kiko san and her mother. They are always full of smiles and generous and is a very good place to stay before heading to Nametoko. How about ordering an Onigiri (rice ball) for mountain climb or stroll around the area?
Everything you see is “distant”
Kamiieji region is a village that is surrounded by deep mountains. It is possible that even the Matsuno-cho residences who visit the village could get lost. Approximately 50 people live in the village. When you go deep in to the village, you will arrive at the inn along the valley. Ongoku means a county far faraway. You will enjoy country style dishes prepared by the landlady who is a great chef and steamed rice cooked in a hagama (cooking pot for rice) as well as see the beautiful starlit sky from the quiet mountain path.
Irori (Japanese style fireplace), low-water crossing, and a warm welcome from the landlady- Luxury night of Shimanto
Fifteen-minute drive from Mori no Kuni Matsuno is the Shimanto River, the last clear stream in Japan. Minshuku Konpira is located about a 10-minute drive from the center of Matsuno-cho and it is in a quiet village right after you pass the prefecture boarder into Kochi-prefecture. The name of the inn is derived from Konpira low-water crossing that is right in front of the inn. Please enjoy Shimanto’s specialized dishes cooked in Irori (Japanese fireplace) by the landlady Shigeko san.
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