Tsuwano Travel Guide

  • Historic Tsuwano
    Historic Tsuwano
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  • Maria Seido
    Maria Seido
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  • Stained Glass in the Maria Seido
    Stained Glass in the Maria Seido
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Tsuwano Things to Do

  • Maria Seido

    The Maria Seido was built in the Otome Pass to remember the Christian martyrs who were tortured and killed here. Christianity was banned by the Tokugawa in the Edo Period. During that time, Christians (specifically Catholics) practiced in secrecy. The nation opened to foreign trade in 1856, and many Christians believed that Christianity was no...

  • Tsuwano Castle Ruins

    Tsuwano Castle was built by Yoshimi Noriyuki in the 13th century in order to protect the area from a Mongol invasion. The castle keep later burned down and the rest of the buildings were torn down in the 1870s during the Meiji Period. Today, only the castle walls remain, but the layout is impressive and very scenic, so it's still a highly...

  • Katsushika Hokusai Museum

    Katsushika Hokusai is arguably the most famous ukiyo-e painter in Japan. His most famous work is the Wave of Kanagawa. Although he never actually visited Tsuwano, there is a museum here dedicated to his art. After the discovery of Hokusai's manga in Tsuwano, the museum was established by a Hokusai researcher.The most famous work housed here is one...

  • Taikodani Inari Shrine

    Taikodani Inari Shrine was first built in 1773 as a shrine to protect nearby Tsuwano Castle. The shrine is known for the 300 torii gates that lead to it. The torii gates are smaller than those found at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto and the area is more open, but the feeling is similar.Taikodani Inari Shrine is designated as one of the Five Great Inari...

  • Tsuwano Catholic Church

    Tsuwano Catholic Church was built by Father Villion after his arrival in Tsuwano in 1892. This is interesting because the last martyrdom of Catholics that took place here was in 1871, so in just 21 years the town changed from a place of persecution to having its own Catholic church. The church is very simple inside and there are no pews. Instead,...

  • Mori Ogai Memorial Museum

    The Mori Ogai Memorial Museum is dedicated to the Tsuwano native, Mori Ogai. Ogai was born to a family of doctors and so he, too, studied medicine and eventually became the Surgeon General of the Army in the Japanese Army Medical Corps serving during the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars. He is perhaps best known though for his writings. He...

  • NIshi Amane Former Residence

    Nishi Amane was a philosopher who is said to have brought the words "philosophy", "subjectivity", and "reason" to Japan. He had a great interest in Western philosophy and introduced various concepts to Japan. He lived here for 21 years. The house is quite small. You can view it for free from the outside.

  • Hanko Yorokan

    The Hanko Yorokan is a historic building that dates back to around the end of the Edo Period (mid-19th century). It was the university of the Tsuwano Clan. They taught the important subjects of the time, such as Confucianism, mathematics, military and medical science, etiquette, and martial arts among other things. Mori Ogai is one of the famous...

  • Kuwabara Shisei Photography Museum

    Kuwabara Shisei is a professional photographer born here in Tsuwano. He gained fame with his photographs of the affects of Minamata disease in Minamata. At the time, science had not studied or been aware of the affects of dumping chemicals (in this case mercury) into the sea on the food chain, particularly how it could lead back to people. When the...


Tsuwano Hotels

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  • Hotel Sky Hill Tsuwano

    845-1 Terada, Tsuwano-cho, Shimane Prefecture, 699-5606, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Norennoyado Meigetsu

    665 Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Shimane Prefecture, 699-5605, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ryokan Yoshinoya

    185-3 Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Shimane Prefecture, 699-5605, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Tsuwano Restaurants

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    Korean kitchen & yakiniku Herotown: Don't miss the Yakiniku restaurant!

    by coalfish Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Yakiniku is japanese style BBQ, beef, pork, and seafood, all ingredients were flesh and tasty. I love it!
    They have a English menu.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered Special set, it was really resonable and tasty. Some korean foods adapted to fit the japanese palate, not stinky.

    Yakiniku BBQ
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Tsuwano Transportation

  • Tsuwano by Bike

    Although walking is a completely viable option, Tsuwano is a great place to explore by bike. The Rentacycle (bike rental) is located just across the street from Tsuwano Station. One day rentals are 800 yen, although they have rentals for shorter periods for less money.Tsuwano's historic district and its associated sites and museums are all on...

  • Getting to Tsuwano

    Tsuwano is located along the Yamaguchi Line which runs from Yamaguchi to Masuda. There are local trains as well as Limited Express Trains. From Yamaguchi Station, it takes about 75 minutes by local train or 50 by Limited Express Train.From Masuda, the local trains take about 40 minutes while Limited Express Trains take 30 minutes.Limited Express...

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    Tourist Information

    by yumyum Written Nov 29, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite thing: As you come out of the railway station it's the building on your right. The lady is very helpful but doesn't really speak English. But still she booked the accomodation for me. The building contains actually a photo gallery, entry fee applicable.

    Tourist Office

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