TRACING JAPAN’S HISTORY IN CAPTIVATING TSUWANO
City Tour, Cultural, Meal included
Tsuwano is one of several towns across Japan nicknamed "Small Kyoto". The reason for the comparison is Tsuwano's old town which features several preserved historic buildings and retains an atmosphere reminiscent of past centuries. Firstly, tour will take the Tsuwano Castle Ruins by chair lift which stand atop a mountain ridge, 200 meters above the town center. The castle was first built in the late 12th century. In the early 1600s, stone walls were added to the castle, but the main keep burnt down in 1686 after being struck by lightning. Next, go to the Taikodani Inari Shrine which is one of the five greatest Inari Shrines in Japan. It was built in the mid 18th century, northeast of Tsuwano Castle. Today, people visit the shrine to pray for good harvest, prosperity and good fortune. Lastly the highlight is the Tonomachi district where one street block of the former samurai district is particularly nicely preserved with earthen walls, historic buildings and a water canal filled with carps.
After enjoying the local food at the restaurant, we go back to the pier.
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- English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.