Tatsuno, a Home Town of Children’s Songs
Tatsuno is located in the middle of Tatusno City and is blessed with beautiful nature and hills dotted around the area. The castle town was owned by the Wakisaka Clan in the olden days and is called a “Little Kyoto in the Harima region,” exhibiting many samurai houses and old storehouses with white earthen walls. Tatsuno has been a transportation hub since early times and its culture and industry including soy sauce and somen noodle production and the making of traditional leather items flourished alongside the Ibo River. The secret of Tatsuno’s beauty lies in the perfect combination of Mt. Keiro’s greenery, the pure stream of the Ibo River and the old traditional townscape. The town emanates poetic sentiment and has shined brightly during the course of its history.
Sightseeing Highlights in Tatsuno
This castle was built by the head of the family, Yasumasa Wakisaka, who governed this region. The Honmaru Palace, Uzumi-mon Gate and Sumi-yagura Towers have been completely restored to their original state.
Path of Children’s Songs
Usukuchi Tatsuno Soy Sauce Museum
The old soy sauce factory which was in use until the early Showa period has been renovated as a museum. Tools used for manufacturing soy sauce such as wooden barrels and containers and old documents are exhibited.
The Birth Place of Rofu Miki
This is the birthplace of the Japanese songwriter, Rofu Miki, who wrote a number of famous children’s songs such as “Aka Tonbo (Red Dragonfly).” He lived in this house with his parents until he was 6 years old and the house has been repaired and preserved.
Important Annual Events in Tatsuno
Tatsuno Cherry Festival
Tatsuno Summer Fireworks Festival
Tatsuno Moon Viewing
An elegant tea ceremony and Japanese traditional music concert recreate the elegant moon viewing ceremony held at Tatsuno Castle during the Edo period.
Tatsuno Furusato Festa
This is a citizen participatory festival with various fun events including a parade.
Tatsuno City Leather Item Festival
Showcasing the fine leather items produced in Tatsuno, leather items are for sale, along with leather craft classes and a fashion show.
Food & Specialties of Tatsuno
Soy Sauce Manju
This manju sweet dumpling is made with soy sauce produced in Tatsuno.
Tatsuno is famous for its fine somen thin noodles, particularly the “Ibo-no Ito” brand is popular throughout Japan. Somen can be enjoyed all year round; chilled somen in summer time and hot somen in soup in winter.
- Hontatsuno Station on JR Kishin Line
- Tatsuno City Tourism Association
- TEL：0791-64-3156 / FAX：0791-63-2594
- URL： http://www.city.tatsuno.lg.jp/