The Castle Town of Kiomono and Historical Townscape
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 castle town with a ribbed landscape is said to be the sole one of its kind in Japan. Kitsuki promotes “Kitsuki Kimono Promotion.” People who visit the city wearing traditional kimono can receive some privilege. Visit Kitsuki where time goes slowly and one can enjoy the serene sea breeze of the Setouchi Inland Sea.
Sightseeing Highlights in Kitsuki
This is a high-class samurai residence situated in Kitadai (north side). Its highlights are the dignified thatched-roof and the stroll-style garden which are regarded as one of the best samurai residences in the area.
The Slope of Kanjo-ba
Kitsuki Castle Town Museum
Wakamiya Hachiman-sha Shrine
Yamaga Onsen “Kaze-no Sato”
Suya Slope and Shioya Slope
These are Kitsuki’s major slopes which connect the samurai residences in the northern area of the town and the area of the merchants in the southern area. Samurai drama and TV programs are often filmed here.
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
Handmade Knife Made by Master Swordsmith
Kitsuki’s sole swordsmith makes great handmade knives.
Kitsuki Hinoki Magewa
Hinoki Japanese cypress wood is bent and fixed with cherry tree bark attachment, then made into steamers, sifters and other kitchen tools. This is one of the prestigious traditional techniques inherited in this region.
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. Bungo Beppu Chirimen are only the ones caught in Beppu Bay. Fresh whitebait is dried under the sun which condenses the natural taste of the fish.
Morie Bay Oyster
Kitsuki Donto 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
- E-mail： firstname.lastname@example.org
- URL： http://www.kit-suki.com