Huge Ruins North of Himeji & Horsing Around in the Iwate Countryside
We received a photo of a possible UFO base in the mountains outside Osaka Pref., so we sent out our correspondent. She discovered abandoned mining facilities in Asago, Hyogo Pref., that are now open to the public. Also, our reporter visits Tono in Iwate Pref., where horses and people once lived under the same roof. He tries his hand at local craftwork and eats local cuisine at a traditional fireplace. He also does a farm stay with a family to experience life, tending horses in the beautiful mountains.

Huge Ruins North of Himeji

Correspondent: Xiaoyu Cui
Access
3 hrs by train to Nii Sta. from either Osaka Sta. or Kyoto Sta.

Mikobata Senkojo
10 mins by car from Nii Sta.

Former residence of Emile Mouchet
10 mins by car from Nii Sta.

Ikuno Silver Mine
10 mins by bus from Ikuno Sta., then 10 mins on foot


Horsing Around in the Iwate Countryside
Reporter:
Joshua Hamilton
Access
4 hrs by train from Tokyo Sta. to Shin-Hanamaki Sta.
Tono Umanosato (Home of horses)
1 hr by car from Shin-Hanamaki Sta.

Tono Furusato Village
1 hr by car from Shin-Hanamaki Sta.

Arakawa Plateau Ranch
1 hr 30 mins by car from Shin-Hanamaki Sta.