“Eat, Drink, Shop, Experience”An experience-based food park full of highlights from Oigawa River basin

“Eat, Drink, Shop, Experience”
An experience-based food park full of highlights from Oigawa River basin

  • Activities Shopping Food & Drink
  • Shimada Area
  • お茶 SL

An experience-based complex opened in November 2020 that lets you fully experience the highlights of green tea, agriculture, and sightseeing found in the Oigawa River basin. The complex is brimming with imaginative fun for everyone, from small children to senior citizens, including a Farmer’s Market, a train station, restaurants, a tourist information center, and a kid’s play area.

KADODE OOIGAWA is right off of Shimada-Kanaya IC on the Shin-Tomei Expwy. Look for buildings with green triangular roofs and the KADODE logo. The complex is divided into four buildings that can be reached by pedestrian bridge. There is the market building, café building, and across the road the restaurant building and TOURIST INFORMATION Oinabi (tourist information center).

The large parking lot can accommodate 550 vehicles, and the complex is easily accessed by car. In addition, adjacent to the complex is the new Kadode Station, a station built on Oigawa Railway for the first time in 35 years, so visitors can use public transportation. Kadode Station is very popular as a lucky spot, together with the neighboring Gokaku Station.

A mailbox near the unmanned station is the unusual color of green. It can actually be used as a mailbox.
At the SL plaza in the restaurant building
a real SL (steam locomotive; C11-312) that ran on the Oigawa Railway until 2007 has been restored and is on display. The SL seen up close is quite impressive! You can take a commemorative photo next to the train.

Inside the complex there are many pet-friendly creative features for visitors who bring their pets. There is a dog park that can be used for free and poles in 10 spots for tying up leashes. Visitors can readily stop by when on vacation or out on a walk with their pet. The photo spot where you can snap a picture with your pet outside is also popular.

【Farmer’s Market】

The Farmer’s Market carries fresh farm products grown on the Oigawa River basin. There are rows and rows of seasonal fruits and vegetables in one of the largest farmer’s markets in the prefecture. Unusual types of vegetables and flowers are sold at reasonable prices. Fresh fish caught in the nearby waters in Shizuoka and local meats such as Shizuoka Sodachi and Hakone Sanroku Pork are also available. Plus, there is an array of prepared foods.

The food court next door sells foods prepared with green tea. Enjoy a varied menu, including a green tea hamburger served on special hamburger buns made with green tea, original “ochazuke” (tea poured over boiled rice) featuring foods from the sea and mountains in Shizuoka Prefecture, and green tea flavored soft-serve ice cream with three different richness levels.

Two activities let you learn about and experience green tea

【Ryokucha B.I.Y. Stand】

The flavor of green tea changes depending on the tea leaves, hot water temperature, and extraction. KADODE OOIGAWA has 16 green teas crafted by changing the steaming and roasting processes in different stages. In addition to the flavor and aroma of green tea, each tea pillar is printed with keywords that give hints for choosing tea using a hashtag (#) so that you can choose according to individual traits, such as personality and blood type, and how you’re feeling that day. You can buy the tea you’re interested in at Ryokucha B.I.Y. Stand and drink it freshly brewed right there.
If you’re unsure which to try, go here. You can have fun finding the perfect green tea that suits you by using the “tea fortune” that leaves it to fate by choosing a fortune. Or, the “green tea analysis” suggests a tea based on your mood and personality.

When you’ve found a tea that suits you, go to Ryokucha B.I.Y. Stand. Buy the tea bag for the tea that you chose and an original bottle, and brew your own tea.
At the counter are faucets that provide hot water at the temperature suitable for each kind of tea. Pour in the hot water, wait 60 sec., and slowly dip in the tea bag 20 times to make beautiful, yellow-green-colored tea. The flavor of tea made by being particular about temperature and brewing method is exceptional.

The KADODE bottle sold at Ryokucha B.I.Y. Stand also makes a perfect souvenir! You can buy it together with sweets and tea packaged in a box at the shop as well. If you bring your own bottle, the next time you come you only need to buy the tea bag (200 yen), so each time you visit you can try a different tea.

【Green Tea Tours】

Green Tea Tours is an area that gives you hands-on experience processing green tea. You can go through the process of steaming, rolling, and roasting to make delicious green tea! Put on an original poncho, become one with the tea leaves, and enjoy this hands-on experience. The firsthand experience also comes with the bonus of taste-testing four types of green tea and an original mini tea cup.

【FARMER’S RESTAURANT「Da Monde」】

This is a buffet-style farmhouse restaurant overseen by Fuminori Nishitani who has been given the title, Fujinokuni Master Chef. You can enjoy dining while looking out at Oigawa Railway trains and the SL, and if your timing is right, you can see Thomas the Tank Engine.

Fresh vegetables from the Oigawa River basin that are sold at the farmer’s market are used to prepare the dishes. In an effort to reduce food loss, the restaurant uses nonstandard and irregularly shaped produce that can’t be sold. The menu includes all-you-can-eat salads, steamed vegetables, and bagna càuda dipping sauce that let diners directly enjoy the deliciousness of vegetables, and a wide variety of dishes including pasta, pizza, curry, and deep-fried foods. There is also gelato for dessert. A range of flavors is available, from standard flavors including milk and strawberry to unusual flavors only available here, such as peanut and tomato made from produce grown on the Oigawa River basin..

【TOURIST INFORMATION Oinabi】

Tourist Information Oinabi, located next to Kadode Station, is a base for providing tourist information on the Oigawa River basin and a shop. It communicates information tourists want to know, such as fun sightseeing spots, recommended restaurants, and souvenir shops in the Oigawa River basin. Also, inside the shop sells items including green tea, foods such as SL soft-serve ice cream, and souvenirs. It will keep you entertained while you wait for the train.
Helpful information for fully enjoying sightseeing in the Oigawa River basin are introduced on the cards, “100 Things To Do in Oigawa.” You can collect what you’re interested in and create your own travel guide.

If you’re unsure about where to go, then get advice from a tourism concierge. The concierge will tell you about everything from the usual sites to out-of-the-way spots.
The shop sells Superior Shimada products that have been certified as excellent items by Shimada City, and souvenirs from Kawanehoncho, the basin of Oigawa River.

Ginnoyama aroma spray (Honobono, Kiyoraka, Soyosoyo) 30ml each 1,650 yen (tax incl.)

The aroma sprays are made from carefully extracted fragrance from mandarin oranges produced in Shimada City and hinoki and cedar growing in the forest.

Green Ci-Tea 648 yen each (tax incl.)

This is a jointly produced product created by the SHIMADA GREEN Ci-TEA JAPAN project. There are seven types of tea: four created through differences in steaming and roast fragrance, plus mecha tea (coarse leaves), kukicha (twigs), and konacha (powdered). You can buy tea and drink it in the shop.

Inside the shop there is also a curious faucet that pours out tea when you turn it on!
After buying a “ninsoku” cup, you can pour your own tea.

SL soft-serve ice cream “shikkoku” (jet black) 500 yen (tax incl.)

When you come here, you can’t miss out on the SL soft-serve ice cream. Edible bamboo charcoal is used to represent the SL. Contrary to the jet black appearance, the flavor is rich bitter chocolate. There is also milk-flavored soft-serve ice cream called “kemuri” (smoke) that looks gray in color. If you want to try both, we recommend the mixed option.

Just like at a bicycle pit stop, there are bicycle stands and you can put air in the tires and borrow tools. The shop sells tubes and maintenance goods, so there are many services that make cyclists happy.

【Café Building】

At the café building you can enjoy cakes and crepes made with plenty of seasonal fruits, and special drinks that combine fruits and green tea. The drinks look cute. They’re perfect for sharing on social media. After making your purchase, you can enjoy eating on benches styled to look like a tea field or sit on the terrace outside.

This is the most popular drink made with generous amounts of mandarin orange, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries. The sweet and sour taste of fruits and orange juice blend with the taste of green tea to create a harmonious, fresh flavor.

【Kid’s Park Chamekke (entrance fee charged)】

The Kid’s Park is modeled after the nature of Oigawa River basin. There is plenty of fun playground equipment both inside and outside. In the Sun & Earth Area inside, there is a Mt. Fuji-shaped net and a trampoline modeled after a tea field. Children can get a good workout climbing and jumping. In the Circus & Forest Area next to the entrance, there are lots of toys that children can learn from while playing. Even small children can have fun playing with magnets that let kids play and learn while pretending to harvest farm products, and can enjoy a ball pit designed like Oigawa Dam.

Outside is the Forest & Nature Area where children can play in cute treehouses in a secret hideout and on toy trains they propel themselves.

KADODE OOIGAWA

Address
62 Takeshita, Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture
Telephone number
0547-39-4073
Business Hours
9:00–19:00
Closed
Closed: January 1–2; temporary closures at other times
Parking
550 spaces
Website
https://kadode-ooigawa.jp/
Remarks
Note: Business hours are currently shortened (normally 9:00–19:00)
Business hours are subject to change.

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