“Freshwater clam and wakasagi fish”, a special local product of “Lake Ogawara” a lake treasured by Tohoku town, are used as the motif for this costumed mascot character whose body represents the vast green rich land of agricultural produce and Lake Ogawara. It is very popular with children as it dances the Yosakoi Soran (a traditional dance) at festival events in Tohoku town.
2013 being the 30th anniversary of the death of Shuji Terayama, five restaurants in the city cooperated to revive the Terayama Shokudo. Currently four restaurants offer the Terayama Shokudo.
Terayama Shokudo offers an original menu based on a combination of anecdotes regarding food from Shuji Terayama and Misawa agricultural produce.
One of the best-known culinary specialties of Hachinohe. A soup made with fresh seasonal vegetables and Nanbu senbei wheat crackers cooked in chicken broth or fish broth. The chewy texture of the crackers bathed in broth whets the appetite. Over 200 restaurants in Hachinohe City serve the soup.
The “largest float festival in Japan” that possesses a time-honored tradition of about 290 years, Sansha Taisai is designated as an important intangible folk cultural property by the national government. Twenty-seven gorgeous floats parade through the city of Hachiohe for five days from July 31 through August 4 every year. The festival started in 1721, when a portable shrine was transmigrated from Ogami Shrine to Chojasan Kokuzo Shrine (currently, Chojasan Shinra Shrine) to offer prayers for rich harvests and to show gratitude to the gods. At present, it is held as a festival of three shires, including Shinmeigu Shrine, and along with the float parade, spectacles such as a parade of ancient portable shrines, tiger dances and sacred dances for Shinto deities entertain all in attendance.
A coastline that contains a wide variety of nature’s expressions throughout the for seasons. Notable areas include Nakasuka, Where various seaside plants and wild flowers blossom, the Yodo Pine Grove, where the pine grove makes an excellent contrast with the ocean, and the Tanesashi Natural Lawn, where natural grass spreads to the water’s edge a rare sight in Japan.
Made with sea urchin and abalone, stewed strawberries, a specialty of Hashikami town, is a fruity mix with a rich sea aroma.
Held in Iwate prefecture in 2016, the Kibokyo Iwate Kokutai is the annual national athletic meet. The Kuji city will be hosting the judo competition this time. We hope to not only share with the rest of Japan our progress in recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake, but also to provide heartfelt hospitality to those who visit Kuji city for the Iwate Kokutai.
Kyuzo Mifune hailed from the Kuji city and built the foundation for modern judo. He came up with astonishing moves such as his trademark “airplane throw” and made himself legendary by winning promotion to judan, the tenth and highest level that exists in the sport.
In order to continue to build on the accomplishments of Mifune, Kuji city has engaged in community building with judo as a key pillar. A major example of this is the Mifune Judan Memorial Gymnasium, which has a dojo attached to it.
Iwate Shorthorn Wagyu beef has its roots in Nanbu beef, the progenitor of Japanese shorthorn cattle. And Tan kun is the mascot who is active in the promotion of Iwate Shorthorn Wagyu beef. A brand of beef from the Kuji city, Yamagata Village Shorthorn Beef is a skillfully manufactured product that earns high accolades for its low-fat, lean meat, pleasing texture to the bite, and savory taste.
In the north part of the Rikuchu coast, which is lined with cliffs and reefs, the Tsurigane Cave is one of the best known scenic spots. Of the many large and small islands that dot the coast, the Tsurigane Cave cuts an appearance that catches the eye immediately.
It earned its name due to the appearance of a rock formation that looked like a bell hanging over the opening. (In 1896, a large tsunami destroyed the hanging bell-shaped rock formation)
Buried deep in the ground, amber is fossilized resin that is transforms into a jewel over a process of 85 million years. Kuji is one of Japan’s most major sources of amber. In fact, the amber from Kuji that is used in production of jewelry is some of the oldest in the world and projects a gleam that harkens back to ancient times and all of the romantic history that suggests.
On the coast of Kuji the skills of ama (women who free-dive for sea urchin) have been handed down over the ages. As this is done in the farthest areas north – the hokugen – the divers are known as hokugen no ama. And the mascot who represents these female divers is called Amarin.
Fudai Kombu (kelp) which is raised in the open seas of Sanriku is popular for its meaty and crisp consistency.
A milk prized for its natural flavor which makes the best use of ingredients from raw milk.
Ryusendo is one of Japan’s three most well-known limestone caverns and the source of Ryusendo no Mizu, water that flows naturally from the cavern. This water is so acclaimed that it has won a Gold Quality Award from Monde Selection, a worldwide competition for liquors and foods.
We await everyone from across the entire country at the easternmost tip of Honshu “Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture”.
Jodogahama Beach, or “Pure Land Beach,” is one of the most famous places of scenic beauty on the Rikuchu Coast. The vivid contrast of the sharp, white rocks, green pines, and deep blue sea has been compared to the Pure Land or Paradise by a Buddhist monk named Reikyo, hence the name “Jodogahama.” It is listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches, 100 Best Beaches for Swimming, 100 Scents of Japan, to name a few.
It is indeed a great beach for swimming, with clean water and gentle waves. There are facilities such as a bus terminal building, a marine house, a rest house, as well as a boat rental service. Look out for crabs and small fish in the tide pools along the esplanade from the beach to the marine house!
We have built an integrated system from production control to sales. Please try “Masaki Wakame”, which is a trademark registered product.
“Horai Island” floats on Otsuchi Bay.But we are the unbreakable Otsuchi town.
Rikuchu coast, Kamaishi local sake, Hamachidori.Sake brewing that is one with nature.
Some things never change, Kamaishi Rusk
Ofunato city boasts the largest volume of saury haul in the country and holds the “Sanriku Ofunato Saury Festival” in autumn where you can taste in-season saury.
Ofunato city was the first to start cultivating oysters in Iwate Prefecture. Ofunato oysters, cultivated by a method that uses the terrain peculiar to a rias coastline, are highly regarded by the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo as being a top brand oyster.
The district of Yoshihama, Sanriku town, Ofunato city has been known from long ago as a producer of high-grade “Yoshihama (Kippin) abalone”. Kippin abalone is regarded as the world’s no.1 abalone and is very valuable for Chinese cuisine.
Ofunato scallops are known for their meaty texture and high quality rich sweet taste.
In “Koishihama station”, which is in the Koishihama district where scallop fish farming is popular, “‘Hotate-ema’” is hung as dedication to love and message of hope for restoring the area.
“Ofuna ton” was created in February 2013 as a PR character from the Galactic Federation Sanriku Ofunato Republic.
The character delivers the charm and energy of Ofunato to all people throughout the country.
The Goishi Coast extends for 6 km on the southeast side of the Matsusaki Peninsula. This is a spot where visitors can view the extraordinary shaped rocks formed in the Cretaceous period scarred by harsh waves from the Pacific and the quiet pine woods along the peninsula; a contrasting but harmonizing superb location. When visitors walk down the promenade, organized mainly around Ofunato City Museum and resting areas, and weave through the maze of pine woods, they can come right up to the cliffs, where waves are clashing down below. Visitors can experience the whole scenery through senses. They can hear the thunderous waves clashing into the Kaminari-iwa Rocks, see the overwhelming steep cliff which is tens of meters high known as Ranboya Valley, and walk down the Goishihama Beach where the entire beach is covered with smooth black stones, which resemble Go markers.
The “Sanriku Ofunato Summer Festival”, which announces the arrival of summer in Ofunato. Approximately 5,000 fireworks that light up the sky are launched from the sea near land within the bay of Ofunato.This year, the festival will be held on August 6.
This is the mascot based on the city emblem of Rikuzentakata. Takata no Yume-chan brings dreams and happiness to one and all.
On March 11,2011 a giant tsunami swept through Rikuzentakata. The loss of life including those missing reached almost 2,000 people. The coastal area and downtown were obliterated. Takata Matsubara,the grove of approximately 70,000 pine trees that had protected the city from tsunamis in the past was almost completely wiped out. The one tree that remained was the Miracle Pine which stood 27.5 meters tall with a 90 cm diameter trunk planted approximately 170 years ago. It withstood the tsunami but was damaged severely by the salt water and in May 2012 was officially declared dead. Because it had been a symbol of recovery post-disaster for those in Rikuzentakata as well as many around the world, the city chose to preserve this pine tree as a monument for future generations.
The Ugoku Tanabata Festival in Takada town features spectacularly decorated floats that are paraded through town while accompanied by animated festival music.The Kesencho Kenka Tanabata Festival has a history of 900 years.Wisteria vines cut from the mountains are used to equip the floats with cryptomeria logs over 50 years old and throughout this exciting event the floats compete by colliding with one another.
A national taiko drumming festival has been held since 1989, the first year of the current Heisei era. Donta kun has always been the festival mascot.
Kesennuma city boasts the best continuous catch of skipjack tuna pole fishing in Japan.
A concentrated soup that extravagantly uses authentic shark fins. Enjoy authentic soup at home.
A selected dish that combines authentic shark fin with a soup blended with collagen.
The tourism character of Kesennuma city. The character is used for PR of tourism and to show the depth of food from Kesennuma.
A very refreshing savory cookie with a pineapple cream filling.
A local A-grade dish for which Minamisanriku town is proud. You can enjoy a different donburi (rice bowl) during each of the four seasons with Harutsugedon in spring, Unidon in summer, Akiumadon in Autumn and Ikuradon in winter.
“Octopus-kun”, which just landed in the Minamisanriku town fish market this morning.
“Masked Rider” a work, a treasure and room reproduction of favorite items and TOKIWA cottage in Mr. runner painter Ishinomori where “cyborg 009” sent many famous stories out into the world are exhibited.A scribble in the infancy age and a treasuring handwriting are exhibited in the “birthplace” where he spent his lifetime.
Oil bran of Tome city local specialty is the bran which raised protein ingredient gluten of flour with vegetable oil.
The one taken on the rice made in Tome cooks the oil bran into which soup stock sank with soft-boiled beaten eggs, and is an oil bran bowl. Please be satisfied with relieved gusto by all means.
Local cuisine in Tome city transmitted from the old days ” Suddenly”, flour, it’s water, the one which increased the one I made be matured thin and boiled up. It’s boiled up by soup like soy sauce and it’s boiled by hot water, and they’re adzuki beans and ZUN, you can also involve JUUNEN (EGOMA) etc.. local cuisine where the food texture of SHIKOSHIKO will be an inveterate habit slipperily.
The soup stock and the topping material are also various by an area and a house at the inside in a Tome area.
Using the characteristic of the area, “suddenly”, it’s the taste of the mother who can taste only in the location.
A manga museum for the manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori who is famous for Cyborg 009 and others!
Of course, sushi is the best for tasting the wonderful seafood from the sea of Kinkasan!
A restored wooden ship that approaches its 400th year since the year it departed from Tsukiura with Hasekura Tsunenaga on board.
Rich tasting oysters and seaweeds presented to the imperial household. Enjoy this extravagant seafood!
Dynamic flight training that unfolds above your head is a must-see! You can also tour the base if you make a reservation in advance.
We recommend trekking and that you experience fishing in the beautiful scenic spots in Okumatsushima!
Nagayoshi Aoki, the author of the children’s song “Donguri korokoro” was from Matsushima town.
Local specialty Matsushima bay oysters. They are shipped and sold mainly for raw consumption and are small yet firm bodied.
Rifu pears are a special product of which Rifu town is proud and people often say that “when they think of Rifu, they think of pears”. The pears are crunchy with a fresh sweet taste.
A “good taste” image character created by the Shiogama High School area revitalization group.
Natural bigeye tuna captured at Sanriku Higashioki. This is a new brand of bigeye tuna endowed with the conditions of “freshness”, “color and luster”, “fattiness” and “good taste”.
Tagamon is the mascot for the Tagajo City Tourism Association. Tagamon’s design was based on the Gaikakunanmon (outside southern gate of the castle ruins).
Constructed in the first year of the Jinki era (724) by Azumabito Ono, Taga Castle became the administrative capital of Mutsu Province and one of the main bases for operations. Located at the center of the square and sweeping castle grounds of about 900 sq. m. was a government office for carrying out official business and important rituals. Based on the results of excavation and investigations, the ruins of the castle were given an official home here and are counted with Heijo Palace (Nara prefecture) and Dazaifu (Fukuoka prefecture) as Japan’s three most famous ruins.
Shiro-no-Murasaki is a brand that makes use of the purple color of the ancient variety of rice that is found in the historical city of Tagajo. The brand includes snack foods, liquors, and a host of other products. For details, see the Tagojo City Tourism Association website!
Sendai Castle(or Aoba Castle) was built by Date Masamune. The stone walls carefully reconstructed and a statue of Date Masamune riding on a horse with on excellent view overlooking the town. The Aoba Castle Museum is also located here together.
As one of the three major festivals of the Tohoku region, this beautiful summer tradition of Sendai has its roots in the seasonal event of Tanabata, or Star Festival. It is characterized by colorful bamboo decorations that brighten up the shopping arcades to delight the two million visitors who come from all over Japan to see the festival. A leisurely stroll along the shopping arcades to view the brightly colored streamers waving overhead is a must for all visitors.
The Morning Market, which reopened in December 2013 after the Great East Japan Earthquake, boasts a 40-year tradition. Some 50 shops are open on Sundays and holidays, their proprietors shouting out to tell the passersby about their products such as ark shell and flounder. Anyone can participate in the famous auction. If you are lucky, you might be able to get something at half the normal price.
Sasakamaboko fishcakes originated in Yuriage. It is said that this delicacy originated when people minced and kneaded big catches of flounder, put it on bamboo skewers and cooked it so that they could enjoy eating it over a long period of time. It is normally eaten with soy sauce flavored with grated wasabi or with mayonnaise, and it has an exceptional aroma and texture when it is cooked. What’s more, the white flesh fish that the fishcakes are made from contains lots of amino acid and minerals. Please be sure to enjoy some healthy and substantial sasakamaboko fishcakes.
When in Natori you will really want to try some ark shells. Natori doesn’t only boast Japan’s biggest harvest of these shellfish, but these large ark shell also make for a satisfying meal. They have a crunchy yet springy texture. And their sweetness roles gently through your mouth. You can have all you want of this shellfish, a luxury item shipped to the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, which can be enjoyed fresh from the ocean at a moderate price in Natori. And since they have lots of vitamin B12 and iron, they’re also good for those who tend to suffer from anemia.
Millennium Hope Hills was established as part of the multilayered defensive infrastructure of the coastal area of the Iwanuma city. It is an initiative that aims to minimize the impact of disasters by reducing vulnerability to tsunami, as well to communicate to future generations about the magnitude of the impact that tsunami can have on people – and our commitment to seeing that impact avoided. Millennium Hope Hills stand as part of the memorial park that the area has been made into.
Watari is the largest production are of strawberries in Tohoku and its strawberries are shipped as “Sendai strawberries”.
You can also enjoy “Strawberry picking” at the strawberry gardens for tourists.
There are currently around 20 restaurants that offer “Harakomeshi” within the town. During the season, many people from both inside and outside the prefecture come to visit Watari town to eat “Harakomeshi”.
Autumn to winter.
Delivering well-being and bravery to everyone without being defeated by the earthquake disaster.
An altitude of 430 m. Selected as one of the “100 famous views of Fukushima nature” and is popular as a hiking course.
Japanese rice wine (sake) made from fresh spring water and rice. You can buy it from alcohol stores or convenience stores within town so why not buy it for a present?
A butter wafer filled with bean jam proudly sold from a long-established confectionery shop that was founded 120 years ago. This is a popular treat that exquisitely matches the sweetness of bean jam with the saltiness of butter.
Minced beef made from “Souma cattle”, a type of Japanese black cattle rated at rank A5 and bred locally in Souma city.
A product that received the top prize from the “Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries” at the “National Soy Sauce Fair” in 2013 and 2014.
The main variety from the Fruit Kingdom of Fukushima city. The middle of August is the best time to eat them when they are large and sweet.
Fukushima city’s Eden, where flowering plum, cherry and peach trees all bloom at once in competition with one another.
Fukushima city’s tourism PR character in the form of an eastern Japan tundra hare holding a peach with pride.
Kokeshi dolls made at Fukushima city’s Tsuchiyu onsen.
Traditional kokeshi dolls that can be counted as one of the three major kokeshi dolls in Tohoku together with Naruko and Togatta.
A specialty of Fukushima city where gyoza (dumplings) are placed in a circle in a frying pan. Some shops are so popular that there are always lines.
A crispy cucumber! Now is the season for Nihonmatsu cucumbers so let’s eat them to survive the hot summer.
Browse these masterpieces of chrysanthemum created by artisans including brightly colored chrysanthemum dolls.
A cell phone strap with “Tama chan” who is an image character for the Otama village tourist association.
It has a cute belly button that expresses the “Navel City Motomiya in Fukushima”.
You will simply fall in love with this first-class Koshihikari rice grown in Koriyama. It tastes so good! You will want to eat it! Asakamai!
An assortment of pure rice wine from Koriyama Brewery 6. This is a particular taste you can enjoy from each brewery.
A plateau where you can overlook Mount Bandai and Lake Inawashiro at a glance. This is a superb viewing spot that shows a tapestry of seasonal flowers and 33 windmills.
Koriyama Festival performed on a grand scale in which around 5,000 participants dance to music and Uneme drums, which are 10 shaku (approximately 10 feet) wide, are played.
Soft and tender spring water that is popular as a hot spring for making the beautiful women just like Hagihime Yukari, the legendary beautiful women.
A village that makes paper-mache dolls which boasts approximately 300 years of tradition. You can also enjoy the painting experience or take a walk in the village.
Shibazakura is a rich natural location formed at the foot of Mt. Yomogi (altitude: 952 m), a symbol of the village. 140 thousand pink moss roots have been planted at this site. The middle of May is the best time to see it when the pink and red moss blooms at once to show a sight that appears to be a carpet of flowers spread completely over the ground and conveys a deep impression on whoever views it.
Hula Ojisan is Iwaki City’s local mascot character. Ojisan means old guy.
His favorite food is local bonito, tomatoes and strawberries, which are produced abundantly in Iwaki thanks to the sunshine weather.
He can perform the Hula dance and is a big fan of Onsens (hot springs), and Iwaki’s velodrome, which are all famous features of Iwaki City.
The mascots of Kitaibaraki, An-chan and Ko-chan, communicate the appeal of anko (monkfish), a local specialty. Monkfish hotpot is a delectable dish served in the winter.
I am “Hagimaro”, the character for Takahagi city!! Hi, everyone!!
Bathing beaches at six locations in the city are characteristically unique, and their water quality test results were A~AA!
A giant festival float 15 m in height, registered by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage.
A zoo from which you can take in the view of the Pacific Ocean. 5 minutes from the Joban Expressway Hitachi-chuo interchange!
Delicious custard from Hitachinaka city that is a good luck charm♪
Magical like sweets that provide three great flavors in one!
1. First enjoy the flavor of Hitachinaka orange eggs as is!
2. Next, mix egg custard with the paste of sweet potatoes from Ibaraki!
3. Lastly, pour on the bitter sauce that has Tokugawa Shogun Coffee (Saza Coffee) as a base!
Enjoy the Oarai brand certified products, which Araipe recommends with confidence.
“Hakomaru” is a PR character for Hokota city that includes a wealth of agricultural products.
The fireworks festival that takes place on Lake Kitaura, Ofunatsu, Kashima city on Saturday August 27 scores perfectly as an attraction with such as Kanto top shaku dama 108 successive fireworks and the underwater star mine.
“Asapi” is an image improvement character for Asahi city imagined from agriculture, fisheries and animal husbandry, which are the main industries in Asahi city.
“Asahi Citizens’ Tanabata Festival” is held for two days on August 6 and 7 each year in Asahi city, Chiba Prefecture. It has beautiful Tanabata decorations focusing on the central shopping district and a parade is performed that includes such as shrine carrying, festival music and dancing. Also, at the central event plaza and stage set up specially in the children’s park, an entertainment recital is performed by people from the city and over 100 thousand people come to visit the event each year.
Sosa city is a Mecca for the production of garden plants, with production volume, number of species grown, and horticultural technology all at the top level for any area of Japan. The city accounts for about half of the shipment amount from all of Chiba prefecture, which is No. 1 in Japan. In addition, Sosa is also home to over half of the arborists certified by Chiba prefecture as Traditional UEKI Craftsmen and trees selected as the 100 Famous Trees of Historical. The trees planted in front of Tokyo Station came from the Sosa city originally.
In his hat he has “plums” from trees in the town and “spring onions” which are the specialty goods of the town. His body is a “tomato” which is a specialty good of the town and he wears a knit vest that was imagined from Kujukuri beach. He likes Yokoshibahikari town and is a mysterious elf that came from the seas of Kujukuri.
There are more than 30 strawberry gardens with different varieties of strawberries where you can compare flavors. And since many of these gardens are lined up along National Highway Route No.126, it is known as “Strawberry Road” and there is a full line of original products made of strawberries on sale.
The white sands and green pines of the Kujukuri Beach are the blessings of nature that enable the Kujukuri area, that includes Oamishirasato city, to process a variety of products from fresh seafood. Made with anchovies and shishamo smelt, Mirin-boshi is rich in calcium and is the perfect snack for kids. Soft Mirin-boshi, a more tender version of the product, originates from Oamishirasato.
Grapes are one of the leading specialties of Togane.
And the Togane Matsunogo Grape Farm is one of the largest in all of the Kanto area.
From early August through late September, ten grape orchards open their doors to the public and make it possible to enjoy any number of varieties, from Himrod and Buffalo to the Kyoho grapes that are so popular as gifts.
And some of these orchards make it possible to enjoy barbequing and original wines under the grape trellises.
Yachimata peanuts were trademarked as a local brand by the patent office and are praised as being the best peanuts in Japan.
The Kasori Kaizuka is one of the most famous shell mounds in Japan. It is now in the process of being considered for designation as a special historic site by the national government.
The sharp-looking 125m tall tower is covered in roughly 5,600 panes of half-reflective glass. Inside, there are two observation room (one 105m and the other 113m above ground) where one can take in-at a 360° panoramic view-the magnificent sights that are the Aqualine, Tokyo Tower, Mount Fuji, and the setting sun.
The sun to the top of Mt. Fuji overlap! Superb view of the mystery that cause natural! At the moment when the sun rises or sinks from near the top of Mt. Fuji, referred to as the “Diamond Fuji” the nature of the scene to show the shine, such as the light of the sun is like a diamond.
To and Fuji a limited can be seen to the east or west region time, the sun and the summit can be seen in the little time that overlaps, just “nature of art”!
City Flower―the Oga Lotus（Perennial in the Lotus family）
The Oga Lotus is an ancient variety of Lotus that was germinated and cultivated by the late Dr. Ichiro Oga, from seeds excavated at an archaeological site on the Hanamigawa river. As a source of pride and on archaeological wonder containing the mysteries of the ancient world, the Oga Lotus was made the official flower of Chiba City, and was also designated as a natural treasure by Chiba Prefecture in 1954.
The PR character for the Funabashi local product brand, Funaemon is a shop clerk with a sharp eye.
Ichikawa pears are an exquisite fruit that received certification for being a local brand from the patent office.
Salty chocolate based on the small boat (Bekabune) that symbolizes the fishermen town Urayasu city.
The first-stage of local brands, a shochu which can only be bought in Urayasu and made from water chest nuts.
Edogawa is a dream-like production area for flowers and vegetables. Komatsuna first originated in Edogawa ward.
The products are created following the fine techniques of Sumida artisans and factories, and along with local restaurants’ signature menus, they are certified as “Sumida Modern” under the concept, “Nostalgic, yet New”.
Sumida City is Japan’s top pigskin producer. Their “Washable Leather”, its sophistication is enhanced by being washable with regular laundry detergent, which won’t affect its silky, natural color and touch. You can enjoy its changing texture after each wash just like denim. On top of that, it is lightweight.
Emergency whistles for letting others know where you are in the event of disasters, such as earthquakes. A company producing precision processing parts used the best of their techniques, and created Japan’s smallest whistles. The secret to their popularity is that they are made of brass. You sure can see the pride of “Made-in-Sumida” in these whistles, which are inspected one by one to check its sound.
One of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo, Ueno is a neighborhood that provides enjoyment for both children and adults alike. You can find here the National Museum of Western Art, which seeks to be registered as a World Heritage Site, as well as other museums, a zoo for family enjoyment, and the distinctive and vibrant Ameya Yokocho.
Active with an array of events all year round, Asakusa is a temple town that has prospered with Sensoji Temple at its center. Asakusa has always been a home to forms of mass entertainment – a place where people amuse others as well as themselves. An area where you will find the friendliest of people, it always welcomes many a visitor.