The center of Tsuwano is the town’s main tourist spot.
Former samurai homes, sake breweries, museums, and
shops are located along its reminiscent streets. Visitors
will discover vibrant koi swimming in the waterways,
adding to the town’s pleasant atmosphere. It can easily
be explored on foot or rental bicycle. When traveling
down the riverside you will enjoy the peaceful
atmosphere of the town. Going around the northern part
of Tsuwano, you can find scenic views of the valley and
rural farmhouses. The town’s population is less than
8,000, but the culture thrives in this small castle town.
Tsuwano and its castle were founded in 1325, although the castle was dismantled in 1873. Its former castle grounds can still be visited, providing an excellent hilltop view of Tsuwano. Other highlights include the Taikodani Inari Shrine, featuring a dense tunnel of red torii gates that lead uphill to the shrine grounds. Another historic attraction to point out would be the Maria Seido Chapel, a church built in memory of the Christians that were persecuted in Tsuwano during the early Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). Tsuwano also holds an annual Yabusame Festival on the third Sunday of April, a horseback archery tournament dedicated to the Washihara Hachimangu Shrine. This well-attended, colorful event usually takes place when its cherry trees are in full bloom.
Chugoku | Shimane | Tsuwano
Tsuwano Old Town
Tsuwano Old Town is distinguished for its historically prominent buildings and well-preserved samurai residences.