Nostalgic Old Town
Tsuwano has long been known as a Little Kyoto in San-in, the area of which Shimane Prefecture is a part, and lies in the southwestern part of the prefecture with approx. 8,000 inhabitants. More than 1,000 houses were once concentrated in the town’s small central area clustered around the castle. With the Nishiki River (aka Tsuwano River), Mt. Aono to the east and Mt. Shiro to the west, Tsuwano is set amongst magnificent natural surroundings. The first lord who governed the area was Yoriyuki Yoshimi whose governance started about 700 years ago. The Yoshimi Family ruled for the next 14 generations and then the Sakazaki Family took over for just 16 years. After this, the Kamei Family came and settled in the castle for the next 11 generations.
Sightseeing Highlights in Tsuwano
Old Site of Tsuwano Castle
Taikodani Inari Shrine
Former Residence of Ogai Mori
Important Annual Events in Tsuwano
New Year’s Day Festival
Washihara Hachiman-gu Shrine Grand Festival (Yabusame Ritual)
Under the fully blooming cherry blossoms, a traditional Yabusame (acrobatic horse riding skills in which a rider shoot arrows from the back of the running horse) in the Ogasawara style will be performed.
Inari Shrine Spring Grand Festival
Gion Festival (Sagi-mai Dance Ritual)
Sagi-mai is a traditional dance which has been designated as a National Intangible Important Cultural Property. The dance will be performed at several places in the town. The children’s dance is very cute.
Tono-machi Bon Dance Festival
Tsuwano Odori, a traditional dance designated as an Intangible Important Cultural Property, is one of the Nenbutsu dances (Buddhist dance and chanting) which have been passed on since the Muromachi period.
Imo-ni & Local Sake Gathering
Inari Shrine Autumn Grand Festival
One of the five major Inari shrines in Japan, the Taishogaya Inari Shrine will hold its Autumn Grand Festival.
The shrine, famous for its tunnel-like red torii gates, is crowded with visitors who come to pray for a good harvest and prosperous business.
Local children parade "kodomo mikoshi" (children's portable shrines) through the area with their energetic and lively voices, and stalls line the Omotesando approach to the shrine from Tonomachi.
Traditional Crafts of Tsuwano
Food & Specialties of Tsuwano
- Tsuwano Station on JR Yamaguchi Line
- Tsuwano Town Tourism Association
- TEL：0856-72-1771 / FAX：0856-72-1191
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