The First Town in Japan Certified as a Traditional Townscape for Kimono
Kitsuki, a little Kyoto in Kyushu, is located at the southern gateway of the Kunisaki Peninsula. Kitsuki is a scenic castle town with many slopes overlooking the beautiful Morie Bay, famous as a habitat of horseshoe crabs. In the Edo period (17-19th century), Kitsuki prospered as a castle town governed by the Matsudaira Family and many samurai residences and earthen walls, stone pavement and slopes still remain from those days. The landscape of Kitsuki exhibits interesting characteristics that illustrate the class systems in those days: samurai classes lived in the north and south area on the hill and the merchant class lived in the valley situated between those hills. This kind of “Sandwich-shaped” castle town with a ribbed landscape is very unusual in Japan and Kitsuki is regarded as the only city to have such characteristics in Japan. Kitsuki was designated as the first city in Japan as a “Traditional Landscape Town where Kimono Matches”. Visit Kitsuki where time goes slowly and one can enjoy the serene sea breeze of the Setouchi Inland Sea.
Sightseeing Highlights in Kitsuki
The Slope of Kanjo-ba
Kitsuki Castle Town Museum
Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine
This shrine was built in 985 after transferring the deity from Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine located in Kyoto’s Otokoyama.
Yamaga Onsen “Kaze-no Sato”
Suya Slope and Shioya Slope
Important Annual Events in Kitsuki
Kitsuki Castle Town Stroll and Hina Ningyo Doll Visit
It will make for a pleasurable time for visitors to stroll around the old castle town with many slopes and visiting samurai residences and traditional Hina doll displays. Enjoy a nostalgic moment by learning about the lifestyle of the samurai class and merchants in olden days.
Otaue Rice Planting Festival at Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine
Kitsuki Castle Festival
Summer Fireworks Festival
Wakamiya-gaku at Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine
Traditional Crafts of Kitsuki
Kitsuki Pottery from Tsukasa-gama Kiln
This pottery’s glaze is made using wooden cinders of the orange tree and tea tree from Kitsuki. The pottery has an earthy feeling.
Handmade Knife Made by Master Swordsmith
Kitsuki’s sole swordsmith makes great handmade knives.
Kitsuki Hinoki Magewa
Hinoki Japanese cypress wood is bent and attached to cherry tree bark, then made into steamers, sifters and other kitchen tools. This traditional technique has been inherited here only in Kyushu.
Food & Specialties of Kitsuki
Kitsuki House Orange
Sake “Chie Bijin”
Bungo Beppu Bay Chirimen
Chirimen is the name given to whitebait after it is first boiled then dried. Chirimen in Beppu Bay is becoming popular as a gourmet food and it accounts for 80% of chirimen produced within Oita Prefecture.
Morie Bay Oyster
Kitsuki Do-nto Donburi & Kitsuki Sandwich
Kitsuki Black Tea
- Kitsuki Station on JR Nippo Main Line
- Kitsuki City Tourism Association
- TEL：0978-63-0100 / FAX：0978-63-0112
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- URL： http://www.kit-suki.com