TRACING JAPAN’S HISTORY IN CAPTIVATING TSUWANO
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
The town of Tsuwano reveals its most precious wonders: the intriguing ruins of an almost thousand-year-old castle reached by an exciting scenic cable car ride; a magnificent bright red shrine famous for its spectacular string of traditional gates that wind along the side of a hill; the district where the intrepid samurai lived, populated with historic residences still in perfect condition; and finally, a delicious lunch at a restaurant.
What we will see
- Scenic cable car ride
- Visit to the enchanting Tsuwano castle
- The spectacular Taikodani-Inari shrine
- Charming collection of torii gates on the side of the hill
- Tonomachi district with its ancient samurai residences
- Typical Japanese lunch at a restaurant
What we will do
- Our destination on this excursion is the picturesque town of Tsuwano, nestled between the mountains; its historic centre still boasts many period buildings and a charming atmosphere.
- We will head straight to Tsuwano castle, built in the 12th century and later fortified. Only the ruins remain today because of a fire that broke out after a lightning strike in the 17th century.
- To get to the castle, we will take a cable car ride to cover the 200 metres separating the castle from the town centre. At the top, we will be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding town.
- Our next stop is the Taikodani-Inari shrine, built in the second half of the 18th century and just a short distance from Tsuwano castle. It is famous for its tunnel of torii (red wooden gates): a line of around one thousand of them form a zigzagging tunnel, in stark contrast to the green surroundings.
- Then we will head to the Tonomachi district, where we will suddenly find ourselves amidst perfectly preserved ancient samurai residences and horiwari (channels of water that run alongside the road) brimming with carp.
- To finish off, we will enjoy a tasty restaurant lunch of local dishes, the perfect way to conclude this journey into the region’s cultural heritage.
What you need to know
- There is limited availability of guides that speak English and other European languages.