Tabisuru Yu Matsuri
This special event unites three cities known for their amazing onsen; Hagi, Matsuyama, and Satsumasendai. Footbaths will be available outside of the cities’ stands at the Tabisuru Shintora Market venue, so you can relax after a long day at work, or take a break after some serious sightseeing. Enjoy a sip of sake while you soak your feet or check out some of the other events going on over the event’s two days.
Also during the same period:
*Free tastings of citrus fruits from the regions, including kinkan from Kagoshima, summer mikan from Yamaguchi, and Ehime’s kiyomi mikan, among others.
*Free sake and shochu tastings — enjoy sipping some local spirits while you soak your feet. It’s free of charge, but it’s a first-come-first-serve deal, so once they run out, it’s over.
1. Regional Specialties on Sale: Goodies from the three cities will be on sale over the two days, with rare delicacies such as shiso wakame, chestnut tarts, and kinkan citrus fruits.
2. Potter’s Wheel Workshop: Hagi-yaki pottery has over 400 years of history — get a taste of what it’s like to make it here. The experience takes about an hour and is available during the following timeslots:
Jan 26: 5-6pm, 7-8pm
Jan 27: 11am-12pm, 2-3pm
The experience is free and no reservation is needed, but do bear in mind you won’t be able to take a finished piece home.
3. Haiku Experience: Matsuyama City in Ehime is also known as the Haiku Capital of Japan, with famed poets Masaoka Shiki and Takahama Kyoshi hailing from here. Try your hand at writing your own (with or without the help of staff) and send it off in the “Haiku Postbox” to be sent back to Matsuyama for appraisal. No reservations needed. Head to the Tabisuru Labo area to try it out.
4. Pour Your Own Mikan Juice from a Tap: OrangeBAR opened at Matsuyama Airport last year, providing fresh mikan juice on tap. Pour some yourself at Tabisuru Labo.
5. Try on Samurai Armor: Armor replicas made by skillful craftsmen are made to be as close to the real thing as possible. These painstakingly made pieces are made by Satsumasendai’s Marutake Sangyo, a company that makes 90% of the traditional armor and tools used in historical TV dramas.