Mimasaka (Japanese: 美作市) is a middle town within Okayama prefecture in the Chūgoku region. Sister cities of Mimasaka are Saint-Valentin in France, Saint-Valentin in Canada and Sankt Valentin in Austria.
With its 6 train stations and approx. 900.000 travellers yearly, Mimasaka is connected to regional rail.
Famous persons connected with Mimasaka are Musashi Miyamoto (1584 - 1645), Doshin So (1911 - 1980) and Atsuko Asano (born 1954).
Top destinations for your sightseeing are the Yunogo hot spring (jap. 湯郷温泉) throughout the year, the Chofuku-temple three-story pagoda (jap. 長福寺 三重塔) throughout the year and the Giants field (jap. ジャイアンツ田んぼ) from 07/01 to 10/20.
The Hayashino is nowadays a ruin.
The Highest peak in Okayama-prefecture "Mount Ushiro" (jap.: 岡山県で最高峰の「後山」) is worth another visit. Drive to Ushiro-yama, where you can experience the mountain is partly prohibited for women. Another attraction is the Okayama Yunogo bell (jap.: 岡山湯郷ベル), where the women soccer team raises the interest of visitors.
Mimasaka is culturally rich. The Aida Kamiyama rice terrasses regeneration project (jap. 英田 上山棚田再生プロジェクト) is listed at the UNESCO. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Chofuku-temple three-story pagoda and the 11-faced standing wooden Kannon figure.
Attention please! The Mimasaka hometown festival fireworks will take place. There will be 2.000 rockets shot into the air. You can best watch the venue from Nyuta (Yoshino-riverbed). That’s not all. Right again will be a spectacle in the sky, the Nishinoya. This time 7.000 rockets will be fired. You have good view from Otani (near Nishinoya Yunogo-store).
Onsen / Hot spring
Wellness and health? In Mimasaka no Problem. The hot spring Yunogo is recognized for its positive effect on Gastroenterology and invites you to relax. The address is Yunogo.
What Mimasaka travellers should culinary try is the Black Bean Burger. The Kitchen Black Beans in Asumi 345-30 offers this delicious treat. Poured noodles is another delicacy. Gourmets can eat this in Awakura noodles (Address: Ushiro-yama).
Do you already own a souvenir from Mimasaka? You could buy for example Buckwheat flour cracker, available in the Yunogo hot-spring tourist-information.
Discover the cherry blossom in Mimasaka from 04/01 to 04/10, best in the Valentine park Sakuto (jap. バレンタインパーク作東). Summer beauty brings the lotus flower from 06/21 to 08/31. See it in the Kamegaichi-pond biotope park (jap. 亀ヶ市池ビオトープ公園). The maple tree changing colour is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Kannon-temple (jap. 観音寺), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red from around 10/21 and the changing of colours lasts until 11/20.
A functioning local economy can set many impulses for the region. Particularly encouraging is the fact that NSC Co., Ltd., Okayama factory, Chuo Kagaku Co., Ltd. and Exedy Corporation belong to the top companies in Mimasaka. The NSC Co., Ltd., Okayama factory is in the field of design and manufacture of die cast mold, Chuo Kagaku Co., Ltd. in the sector manufacturing of plastic food packaging containers and the Exedy Corporation active in the area of parts manufacturing for transportation equipment.
Are you an investor and are you looking for grants and promotion schemes for companies in Mimasaka? Do not hesitate to contact the city officials, because in the business field of Tourism, industry-backing may be granted.
In particular, the city wants foreign companies to invest in the sector Forestry here and provides promotion in the scope of expansion of forestry workers by forest maintenance and market expansion. In addition, the industry Aerospace-may receive support for funding assistance for new attraction.
Free industrial land is currently available at Sakuto industrial park industrial zone, which is located in Takeda.