In addition to the series of my earlier blogs on my recommended free-&-easy autumn trip from Tokyo to Tohoku region, I would like to introduce my recommended stopover on the local roads for tea-break, resting, shopping, eating and others. They are normally called in Japan as "Michi-no-Eki" which is meant for the resting spot located along with the main countryside roads in any places in Japan.
Some of the Michi-no-Eki have multiple-purposed facilities including the hot-spring baths, the playground, outdoor activities, fruit picking other than the normal services.
If you plan to drive for your free-&-easy trip in Japan, I would like to highly recommend you to visit the different "Michi-no-Eki stations" at the different locations during your trip.
< The Michi-no-Eki "YUNOTANI" in Aonuma city, Niigata >
< The Kenchin Ramen at Michi-no-Eki YUNOTANI in Aonuma city, Niigata >
< The Michi-no-Eki "Okuaizu Kaneyama in Kaneyama Town, Fukushima >
< The Local Speciality, "Red Pumpkin" at Michi-no-Eki Okuaizu Kaneyama >
< The Michi-no-Eki "Ozekaido Mishimajuku in Mishima Town, Fukushima >
< The Local Handicraft Items on the Display at the Michi-no-Eki Ozekaido Mishimajuku >
< The Michi-no-Eki Agano-Sato in Aga Town, Fukushima >
< The lunch Menu at the Michi-no-Eki Agano Sato >
< The Michi-no-Eki Sekikawa in Sekikawa Village, Fukushima >
< The Local handicraft performance held at the Michi-no-Eki Sekikawa >