Free Bus Pass & Izushi Soba

When you make a reservation for any time from September through November with Visit Kinosaki

Izushi Castle Town Toyooka

Enjoy One of a Kind Soba Noodles in a Town Reminiscent of the Samurai Era

Receive your replica coins, good for three free visits to any participating soba shop and One-Day bus pass at Kinosaki Onsen’s Tourist Information Center, SOZORO.

(*restrictions and terms apply)

Directions to SOZORO

  • Izushi castle town Toyooka Kinosaki soba

A great way to explore the beautiful castle town of Izushi. Make a reservation for any night during the time period September 1, 2018 - November 31, 2018 through Visit Kinosaki, and you will receive 3 specialty coins to be used at any three soba shops in Izushi. (*a list of participating shops can be found below) and a 1-day bus pass.
Spend a day in the old castle town of Izushi hopping around the 30 or more soba shops, exploring the old castle grounds in a kimono, or taking a backstage look at one of the oldest kabuki theatres that is still in use.
You can also use the coin purse to get discounts to various attractions in Izushi like Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre, Izushi Shiryoukan Museum, Meiji building, art museum and more.

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Izushi Soba

It is said that Izushi soba originated in 1706, when a soba maker from Shinano Province (now Nagano Prefecture) accompanied the newly appointed castle lord of Izushi, Masaakira Sengoku from the Sengoku clan, to Izushi. Izushi soba is traditionally served on small plates, a single serving consists of 5 plates. Then, in Izushi, if you are able to finish off at least 20 plates in one sitting, you are given a commemorative plaque called a “Soba-dori” as a fun souvenir.

  • Izushi castle town Toyooka Kinosaki soba

Izushi Sara Soba, or Izushi plated buckwheat noodles, are served on small porcelain plates. They typically come with a side of grated giant white radish, wasabi, green onions, a raw egg and dipping sauce.

  • Izushi castle town Toyooka Kinosaki soba

Master soba makers use a specialty knife to precisely cut the soba dough by hand. Years of training results in perfectly uniform soba noodles only millimeters thick.

  • Izushi castle town Toyooka Kinosaki soba

Use your chopstick to measure how many plates of soba you have eaten. 20 plates stack up to the height of a single chopstick.

  • Izushi Soba Kinosaki coins

Family Crest

Notice the marks on the coins? The coins inside are replicas of the original form of currency used in Izushi and printed with a form of the ruling family’s family crest. Also, the large mark on the pouch is another and more common form of the Sengoku family crest and is read as “mu”.

Sightseeing in Izushi

With your Izushi Soba Pass aka pouch, you will also be given discounts to some of Izushi's most popular attractions. This includes discounted entrance to one of the Kansai Region's oldest working Kabuki theatres, Eirakukan.

  • Izushi castle town Toyooka Kinosaki soba
  • Kabuki Theatre tour Izushi

Take Center Stage

The full access tour of Izushi's Kabuki theatre, Eirakukan, will put you on, behind, and under the stage. This is a rare and fantastic experience will help you feel like a real kabuki actor and take a closer look at the mysterious workings of a traditional Kabuki stage.

  • moss garden in Izushi

Serene gardens covered in rich moss.

  • monk meditating in Izushi

A monk practices Zazen, a form of seated meditation at Izushi's Sukyoji (also known as Takuan-dera).

  • Inari Jinja Torii Gates Izushi

Vermillion colored torii gates create a path up to the Inari Jinjya located along the Izushi Castle Ruins. The thick covering of Japanese maple trees turn a beautiful red and gold in the autumn.

  • Preserved Buildings

A lot of Izushi's architecture is original and protected, giving the town a nostalgic and historical feel.

Authentic Kimono Rental

  • Kimono Rental

For those looking for a fun and unique way to enjoy Izushi, you may want to check out Izushi's kimono rental service. For a small fee you will be able to rent a kimono and wear it anywhere in Izushi for the day. There are several styles for women to choose from and some men's kimono as well. The Izushi Soba Pouch and coins can not be used for any kind of discount for this service.

Kimono Rental Details & Online Reservation

Participating Izushi Soba Shops

  • Izushi Soba shops map
SHOP NAME (Japanese reading) Map No. Business Hours Closed
Drive-in Izushi (ドライブインいずし) 1 9:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. No holidays
Jinya (陣屋) 2 10:30 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Thursdays
Nanshi Kobito Branch (南枝小人店) 3 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Thursdays
Shinkoro (辰鼓櫓) 4 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Ouchi (おうち) 5 9:00 A.M. – 20:00 P.M. Fridays
Soba Chaya (そば茶屋) 6 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Tentsu (天通) 7 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Jinbei (甚兵衛) 8 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Gomangoku (五萬石) 9 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Yamashita (出石皿そば山下) 10 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Mikura (みくら) 11 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Shiroyama Garden (城山ガーデン) 12 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Karoh (家老) 13 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Sakyo (左京) 14 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Irusaya (入佐屋) 15 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Thursdays
Hanamizuki (花水木) 16 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No holidays
Daimon (大門) 17 11A.M. – 2 P.M. / 6 P.M - 10 P.M. Sundays / 1st Monday
Tojousoba (登城) 18 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Tuesday
Honjin Tsuruya (本陣つるや) 19 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. No holidays
Kogetsudo Uchiboriten (湖月堂内堀店) 20 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays
SHOP NAME (Japanese reading) Map No. Business Hours Closed
Kanbei (官兵衛) 21 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Kisaragi (如月) 22 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Koto (古都) 23 10:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Thursdays
Kizan (輝山) 24 10:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M. Thursdays
Shokaku Tanakaya (正覚田中屋) 25 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Thursdays, 3rd Wednesdays
Kinmata (近又) 26 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Saikyoushi (彩蕎子) 27 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Yoshimura (よしむら) 28 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Tuesdays
Katsura (桂) 29 10:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Thursdays
Sobashou (そば庄) 30 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Soba Fuji (そば藤) 31 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Takuan (沢庵) 32 10:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. No holidays
Izushijyo (そば処出石城) 33 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Mohei (茂兵衛) 34 10:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Sengoku (仙石) 35 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Yoimise (善店) 36 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.(closes at 3P.M. on Tuesdays) Wednesdays
Ikkaku (一鶴) 37 10:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. No scheduled holidays
Morino Yakata (森の館) 38 10:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Thursdays
Takumiya (たくみや) 39 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. Wednesdays
Note: Shops with "No schduled holidays" means they have irregular holiday.

Izushi Walking & Sightseeing Map

  • Izushi sightseeing map

Discounts available at these shops and attractions

  • AIzushi Karoh Yashiki (former samurai residence)
  • BIzushi Shiryokan History Museum
  • CIzushi Meijikan - designated cultural property
  • DEirakukan Kabuki Theatre
  • EIzushi Tourism Center
  • FIzushi Bikkura - souvenier shops
  • GKiyonaga Itoh Museum of Art

Famous must see sights of Izushi

  • 1Izushi Castle Ruins
  • 2Vermillion torii gates to Inari Jinjya
  • 3Shinkoro - Clock Tower
  • 4Sakagura - sake cellars
  • 5Sukyoji (Takuan-dera) Temple
  • 6Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre

More About Izushi Castle Town

Rules & Regulations

-Before ordering, each person must present your bag and coins to the staff.

-A single set can not be used by multiple people.

-You are limited to using one coin per shop.

-These coins may be used between September 1, 2018 and November 30, 2018.

-Coins cannot be exchanged for cash.

Were to Get the Izushi Soba Coins & Bus Pass

Pick Up Location
SOZORO Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information Center
96 Yushima, Kinosaki-cho, Toyooka-shi

SOZORO is located accross from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station. They are open from 8:45am to 6pm Monday - Sunday.
What to do
At the information counter in SOZORO let the staff know that you are there to pick up your Izushi Soba Coins and Bus Pass. You will need to show them your confirmation email that contains your reservation and redemption information. This will be sent to your reservation email account the day before your check-in date.

Getting to Izushi

Using your bus pass you can travel to, from and between Kinosaki Onsen and Izushi. Take the Zentan city bus from Kinosaki Onsen Station, the bus stop is located in front of the station (if you need help finding it please ask the staff at Sozoro.). Depending on your departure time, some buses will require a transfer at JR Toyooka train station and others will take you there directly.

Suggested Bus Times

Kinosaki Onsen to Izushi
Weekdays (Mon-Fri) Sat / Sun / Holidays
Bus Location opt 1 opt 2 opt 1 opt 2
Kinosaki Onsen 10:13 11:33 10:13 11:33
Toyooka (arrival) 10:45 - - -
transfer direct bus direct bus direct bus
Toyooka (departure) 11:01 - - -
Izushi 11:31 12:42 11:05 12:25
Izushi to Kinosaki Onsen
Weekdays (Mon-Fri) Sat / Sun / Holidays
Bus Location opt 1 opt 2 opt 1 opt 2
Izushi 14:55 15:33 13:40 16:00
Toyooka (arrival) - 16:10 - 16:25
direct bus transfer direct bus transfer
Toyooka (departure) - 16:16 - 17:31
Kinosaki Onsen 15:48 16:39 14:33 17:54