Kobo imo (potato)

This is a kind of potato which has been cultivated in Neo area of Motosu City since long ago. The name “Kobo imo” came from a combination of a tradition that this potato began to be grown against food shortage by cultivating mountainous fields and a legend involving a Japanese great teacher called Kobo. Cultivated in well-drained red soil mixed with gravel, it comes to have a sticky texture and distinct flavor.
○ Main cultivation area
Motosu City (former One Village)
○ Harvest period
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Usuzumi no Yado Neo Sumiyoshiya
Neo, Motosu City

Address127 Neo-Ichiba, Motosu City[Map
Phone Number0581-38-2008
Opening Hour 7:00~21:00 (lunch: 11:00~14:00), reservation required for dinner
HolidayClosed on Tuesdays for lunch
Parking Capacity15 cars
Access Approx. 60 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway "Gifu-Hashima IC"
From JR Tokaido Main Line "Ogaki Station", take Tarumi Railway and get off at "Tarumi Station" and then walk approx. 3 minutes
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"Koboimo" is grown in poor red soil mixed with small pebbles in the mountainous area. Since it is smaller than a standard potato, it is packed with condensed sweetness. Our "Koboimo goma-ae" is prepared through the limited use of sugar to draw out the natural taste of Kobo potato.
Service periodAll year round
Please call us to confirm and make a reservation (for dinner).
Meals are offered only to those staying at inn.
<Messages from the Staff> Grown in poor soil, they are smaller than potatoes but packed with condensed sweetness.

Road Station Usuzumi Sakuranosato Neo
Neo, Motosu City

Address433-3 Neo-Kadowaki, Motosu City[Map
Phone Number0581-38-3430
Opening Hour9:00~16:30
HolidayMondays (or following day if a national holiday falls on Monday)
Parking Capacity36 cars
Access Approx. 80 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway "Gifu-Hashima IC"
Approx. 10 minutes by car from Tarumi Railway "Tarumi Station"
A taste available only at the local shops or farmers markets in the Neo area of Motosu City.
"Kobo imo" of Neo area is characterized by its hard, viscous texture. The taste is not the same when it is grown in other areas. The potato is used for dishes to entertain home-coming family or guests in the locality. It is a rare commodity which is rarely found in the market.
Service periodAll year round
Please call us to confirm.
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