"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.
Ozu is often called the little Kyoto of Iyo, and is a castle town that thrived with Ozu Castle as the center of activity.
Red brick buildings built in the Meiji period and charming samurai residences are dotted around near the Hijikawa river that runs through the center of the town. One remarkable example is the Garyu Sanso Villa, a 9920 square meters mountain villa sometimes called the Katsura Imperial Villa of Ozu. Many aspects of the Hijikawa river culture remain to this day, such as cormorant fishing and imotaki hotpot.