The comedian Suberrie Mercury appears in the video. The video introduces Ōi Town’s famous feijoa ice cream in a comical way. There are other videos of Ōi Town where Suberrie Mercury appears too, and watching this video makes you want to watch them, as well.

 

 

Ōi Town is a small town located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It is an agricultural town, with rice paddies in the plains that stretch out from the center of the town, and the hilly areas prospering with fruit farms. One of the prides is the beautiful scenery of Mt. Fuji to the west, and Sagami Bay to the south. The town can be accessed very easily by train, bus, and car from big cities like Tōkyō and Yokohama.

Access to Ōi Town

Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour from Tōkyō Station to Kōzu Station via JR Tōkaidō Main Line, and then approx. 10 min. from Kōzu Station to Kami-Ōi Station via JR Gotemba Line.

 

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Ōi Town

Inoue Sake Brewery
A brewery that was established in 1789. The brewery actively exports the sake abroad too and has exported Japanese sake to Europe since around 50 years ago. Their famous brand is “Hakoneyama”. The brewery also organizes tours, but they require a reservation to be made over one month in advance. There is no fee, and you can also try some of their sake. We recommend the tour especially to those who want to know about the process of making Japanese sake in more detail.

 

The bottle gourds of Kami-Ōi Station
A place close to the ticket gate, where bottle gourds were grown to provide sunshade, became famous, and ever since then, the station has earned the nickname “bottle gourd station”. Using this as an opportunity, Ōi Town started to utilize bottle gourds to revitalize the town. You can see bottle gourds everywhere in the town.

Must-eat Dishes to Order When Visiting Ōi Town

Feijoa
A plant in the myrtle family that originates from South America. Nowadays, feijoa production prospers in New Zealand. Feijoa is popular even as an ornament overseas, but in Japan there are only few places that grow it. Even in Ōi Town there were only few plantations, but recently there has been effort to make it into Ōi Town’s special product through developing new sweets out of it. Feijoa-flavored ice cream and sweets are popular in shops within the town.

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Ōi Town

Pickled bottle gourds

Bottle gourds are not normally edible, but through selective breeding they have become edible, and you can enjoy them as pickles. Pickled bottle gourds are a souvenir that is certainly unique to this town.

Ōi Town is a unique town with beautiful scenery, and plenty of unusual local specialties.