Spots in Masuda / Tsuwano Area

  • Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    182 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda 409
    This is one of Japan’s five great Inari shrines to the harvest god, known as “Tsuwano Oinarisan.” It is also written as “Inari” incorporating the meanings of having one’s desires fulfilled and great ambitions achieved. In 1773 the lord of the Tsuwano domain Norisada Kamei invited the deity’s spirit from Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and built the shrine. The front shrine and main shrine rebuilt in 1969 can be seen after passing through the vermillion-lacquered torii gate corridor offered by believers. Fried tofu and candles for making an offering can be bought at the shop.

    Its a majestic, serene place. Not as spacious as Izumo Taisha, but certainly also a religious power spot. Its very easy to access from Tsuwano JR Station. Just a 10 - 15 minute stroll. I came...

  • Roadside Station Yuhi Park Hamada
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Haraichou 1203-1
    Visitors can eat and shop here overlooking the majestic view of the Sea of ??Japan. There is a very popular restaurant on the second floor offering fresh seafood from the Sea of ??Japan as well as the regional specialty, Iwami pork. At the market on the first floor you can buy Hamada brand items including many fish and processed goods. Various kinds of experience classes are also held.

    残念ながら夕刻に寄ることはできなかったが、日本海の景色を前面に押し出した道の駅だ。ここから見る浜田港は絶景。特に浜田マリン大橋はいい。道の駅本体にあるレストランや展望エリア、駅のエリア内にある公園から眺望できるようになっている。レストラン街は海鮮物の和食やイタリアン、ファストフードなど結構充実している。また「五地相(ごちそう)市場」と銘打った特産品売り場はなかなか。

  • Tsuwano Catholic Church
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    4.0
    99 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda B 66 - 7
    Tsuwano Catholic Church, with its eye-catching Western Gothic style exterior, was built by a German priest in 1931. The inside of the church is a mix of both Western and Japanese influences with tatami flooring and impressive stained glass windows. Many Japanese Christians were persecuted and tortured for their religious beliefs at the Otome Pass in Tsuwano by the government during the Edo and Meiji periods from 1868 to 1872. Next to the Tsuwano Catholic Church is the Otome Pass Exhibition Room with exhibits on the persecution. The nearest station is Tsuwano Station.

    I was here last January 15, 2020. I took the shinkansen from Kokura station to Shin Yamaguchi . Transferred to the Limited Express train Super Oki and reached Tsuwano station an hour after leaving...

  • Anno Art Museum
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda A) 60-1
    This art museum features exhibits dedicated to famous Tsuwano-born illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit. The exhibit building has an impressive design, with white plaster walls and a red-tiled roof. Works such as “Tsuwano, Washibara” and “The Picture Book of Geocentric Theory” are rotated on a three-month basis. There’s also a planetarium on-site as well as a space with a recreation of Anno’s home and atelier. A separate building contains a library and other facilities. The nearest station is Tsuwano Station.

    こんなにも沢山の絵が見られるとは思いませんでした。どの絵を見ても、暖かくて気持ちのいいタッチで描かれていて、童話の世界に引き込まれそうな、そんな印象です。奥で安野光雅の記録ビデオが見られます。

  • Mori Ogai Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Machida A 238
    This memorial museum was constructed adjacent to an old residence of Tsuwano where Meiji-period literary giant Mori Ogai spent his childhood. Important materials are displayed here, such as the Mori Ogai’s personal effects and handwritten drafts. Events such as memorial seminars and forums are held every year on Mori Ogai’s birthday (January 19th) and the day of his passing (July 9th.)

    森鴎外が陸軍軍医総監であったことは良く知っていました。しかし、文豪と言うイメージが強く、なかなか軍服の写真を見つけるのは難しいです。ここでは入口に軍服姿の銅像があり、それだけでも感慨深いものがありました。

  • Yomeji Temple
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ro 107
    A Soto Zen Buddhist temple surrounded by forest. It has been designated a prefectural Tangible Cultural Property as the family temple of generations of Tsuwano Castle feudal lords including the Yoshimi, Sakazaki, and Kamei clans. Rarely seen today, the superb thatched roof was reconstructed in 1779. It contrasts strikingly with features like the white plaster walls, stone walls, and old pillars. The majestic grounds have been designated as a part of the Tsuwano Feudal Lord Kamei Family Graveyard National Historic Site. The graves of the first Tsuwano feudal lord, Sakazaki Naomori, and the great Meiji period writer Ogai Mori are also on the premises.

    Nice they kept this place well-maintained. Garden is even better with the Koi fish. This town seems to love Koi. Definitely worth a stop by.

  • Shimane Prefectural IWAMI ART MUSEUM
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Masuda-shi Ariakecho 5-15
    An art museum that's part of the Shimane Arts Center's Grand Toit, a facility for culture and the arts in the Iwami area. The venue holds high-quality thematic exhibits from its permanent collection, as well as a range of special exhibitions covering a variety of fields, workshops, and lectures to deepen understanding of the arts. Made with 280,000 tough and durable locally produced Sekishu-gawara roofing tiles, it's a landmark that harmonizes with the surrounding natural environment. It's next to the Iwami Art Theater, built for the appreciation and creation of the arts. The courtyard connects the museum and the theater and is a nice break spot for visitors.

    実家が近く年に1度訪れています。 様々な企画展や催しも良いものが多いですが、建物だけでも一見の価値あり。 益田観光の際にはぜひ。

  • Shimane Aquas Aquarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kushirochou 1117-2
    One of the largest aquariums in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, Aquas is the only aquarium in western Japan where you can see belugas. The aquarium has exhibits some 10 thousand creatures spanning around 400 species, including a penguin exhibit housing four species of penguins, a giant aquarium exhibit focusing on the sharks which appear in the myths of Shimane, an exhibit featuring the flying fish which are the official fish of Shimane Prefecture, and more. The aquarium’s earless seal and sea lion shows are also popular.
  • Koi no Komeya Yoshinaga Rice Shop
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ro 296
    A rice shop located about a five-minute drive from Tsuwano Station. The shop has traditional rice bales around the storefront and is famous for keeping hundreds of carp. Tsuwano, which has long been known for its high-quality water, has waterways stretching throughout the town. Carp are raised in the water through a variety of processes. The Yoshinaga Rice Shop is reputed to have the most, and they're of the highest quality. The site of the varicolored carp swimming together is not to be missed. The shop's business is selling rice, but everyone is free to drop by and check out the premises.

    Its 2 streets across from Twuwano station. Has some old rice carrying carts and photos. The owners have a sign in English to welcome you to go into their backyards which has a small pond and HUGE...

  • Hori Teien Garden
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    4.5
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Muraki 795
    "A garden that includes the main house of Hori Tojuro, an Edo period copper mine official called the ""Mining King of Western Honshu."" The roughly 6.5-hectare grounds consist of the main garden from the Edo period, the Meiji period Rakuzan-so reception hall, and the Warakuen garden from the Taisho period. It's been recognized as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. Created in 1897, Rakuzan-so's grounds feature a pond-centered strolling garden with a waterfall and a three-legged stone lantern against a rocky mountain back drop. It has 17 lanterns of different sizes and a small shrine, as well as maple trees, azaleas, and satsuki rhododendrons. Lots of visitors come when the leaves turn colors in fall."

    堀家は鎌倉時代、津和野に地頭として下向した吉見氏に従って畑迫に土着した一族で、戦国時代には吉見氏のもとで鉱山開発を行っていた。 堀氏が居住した畑ヶ迫村には銀山があったことから、大いに栄えたようです。

  • Manpukuji Temple
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    4.5
    14 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Masuda-shi Higashimachi 25-33
    A temple built in the Heian period as the Masuda training facility for the Jishu school of Buddhism. At that time it was called Anfukuji Temple and was near the mouth of Masuda River. It was washed away by an enormous tsunami in 1026. The temple was rebuilt at its current location in 1374 and given the name it has today. The main hall consists of an about 13-meter-square single-story building that preserves architectural features from the Kamakura period. Although the main gate was burned down in the Masudaguchi War, the main hall and the temple kitchen were left intact and remain as they were when the temple was founded. The temple features many cultural assets important to medieval Masuda culture, including a garden created by Sesshu, a Niga Byakudo-zu painting showing the teachings of Buddhism, and a Kanan-sansai vase acquired through pre-modern European trade.

    A must do. We stopped to say hi to Kuniko Obasan. She and her husband work there and are amazing! She took us on a private tour. There is so much rich history here.

  • Nichihara Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Makurase 806-1
    "An astronomical observatory located at the top of 255-meter Mt. Makurase. It is equipped with a 75-centimeter computer-controlled theodolite Nasmyth telescope, with one of the largest apertures among astronomical telescopes open to the public in Japan. Mt. Makurase overlooks the confluence of the Tsuwano and Takatsu rivers and is an area free of light from the town. From the compact structure in a dense grove, you can get an unobstructed view of the star-lit skies. It sees lots of visitors throughout the year and is a symbolic spot for this ""Star Village."""

    日原天文台は、宿泊客も食事の前後にみられる天文台です。島根県内でも天文台は珍しく、天気が良ければ、沢山のきれいな星が見られます。

  • Hamada Children's Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Nobara Cho 859-1
    "An art museum designed with an image of ""a ship of creation and beauty floating on the Sea of Japan"" in mind. In addition to various feature exhibits devised to facilitate both ""seeing and creating,"" the Museum School helps them enjoy watching and creating all day long. The museum is located at the Umi no Mieru Culture Park overlooking Hamada Port and was established in 1996 for the children who will become the leaders of the next generation. They seek to cultivate creativity and artistic sensibilities by having children interact with art from an early age."
  • Tsuwano Kyodo-kan Museum
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    3.5
    8 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Mori Mura Ro 127
    A cultural facility established in 1921 at a time when it was the only local history museum in the prefecture. It houses and exhibits a wealth of historical materials ranging from the ancient Jomon period to the present. Originally it was in the Hanko Yorokan's book storehouse but moved to its current location in 1940 as part of a project marking the legendary founding of Japan. The museum houses the rich historical and cultural heritage of the region, including items related to Tsuwano Castle, which was occupied in turn by the Yoshimi, Sakazaki, and Kamei clans. It has displays lots of items worth seeing like materials on Hanko Yorokan, the Tsuwano domain school responsible for training, and a 400-year-old breech-loading swivel cannon, one of only nine remaining in Japan.

    津和野を訪ねる場合必ず行かれると良いと思います。展示を見るのはもちろんですが、郷土館には津和野町の学芸員も事務所におられ、解らないところや、聞いてみたいこと等訪ねると良いと思います。 興味が有ること有れば余計訪ねると良いと思います。

  • Sesshu Memorial Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Otoyoshichou A) 1149
    "Located around 50 minutes' drive from the Hamada Interchange of the Chugoku Expressway, Sesshu Memorial Museum has on display works by the famous Muromachi period (1336-1573) painter and Buddhist monk Sesshu, as well as photographs and folding screens depicting places associated with Sesshu, and displays on the history of Masuda City, where Sesshu is said to have died. The museum is adjacent to Daikian Temple, where Sesshu is said to be buried. From the museum lobby, which is modeled on Tiantong Temple in China, visitors can look out over a garden designed as a Karesansui (traditional Japanese rock garden), based on an image created by Sesshu in his ""Kachozu Byobu"" (""Painting of Flowers and Birds on a Folding Screen""), and enjoy the seasonal vistas created by pines trees, bamboo and cherry trees. The vicinity of the museum has been arranged to resemble one of Sesshu's own landscape paintings, creating a place where visitors can relax while pondering on Sesshu's artistic achievements."

    雪舟のゆかりの地域の写真や屏風絵を 多く展示しています。また、ウォーキングコースもあります。 自然に囲まれています。

  • Camborough Professional Pork Restaurant
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Hamada Kurokawacho 4191
    This restaurant is a three-minute walk from Hamada Station on the San-in Main Line. The shop interior is filled with the warmth of wood-grain, and is perfect for enjoying their select top grade Fuyo pork. Hygiene-managed Camborough pigs are fed blended feed and raised by experienced professionals to create balanced, flavorful, aromatic Fuyo pork. This shop buys direct from the farmers, rather than going through wholesalers or shops, for the freshest possible, pork. Since this shop is always busy, no matter the time or the day, we highly recommend getting reservations.

    Perfect crispy tonkatsu -They do great multi-course lunch specials here as well. I went for a lunch party with a group of co-workers and got the Ladies Set of the day which came with a small...

  • Morijuku Art Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Morimura A) 542
    This is an art museum located a 15-minute walk from JR Yamaguchi Line's Tsuwano Station, impressive for its building reconstructed and remodeled from a residence of the Tsuwano domain's principal village headman. The thick beams and central pillar of the interior remind one of a traditional Japanese house, with the masterworks of Tsuwano-born western-style artist Sho Nakao and his wife Maya Yoshiura on display. In addition, Spanish court painter Goya's valuable copperplate engravings from his “matador” series are also on display. On the second floor one can see “pinhole photography” at work, the image of the garden appearing to be reversed when viewed through a hole in a sliding storm shutter.

    If you visit Tsuwano (which overall I dont necessarily recommend), it is definitely worth seeking out this small museum. The impressionist style exhibition by a local artist and Goya bullfighting...

  • Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Takatsuchou I 2612-1
    "A Shinto shrine a 10-minute drive from Masuda Station on the JR San-in Main Line. Dedicated to Kakinomoto-no-Hitomaro, a poet whose works appear in the ancient ""Manyoshu"" poetry anthology, this shrine is seen as the head shrine of all Kakinomoto shrines nationwide. Believed to grant worshippers safe childbirth and aid in scholarly endeavors, it is said many people also come here to pray for fulfillment in love due to the many love poems Kakinomoto-no-Hitomaro wrote. Beyond the shrine's stone steps, visitors are greeted by the neat and tidy main shrine building, which is built in a modified version of the traditional Kasuga-zukuri style. The main shrine building is built facing Tsuwano to make it easier to pray to the shrine when coming from that town. During the annual Hassaku Festival held on September 1st, the grounds bustle with people come to watch the horseback archery event."

    実は人麻呂さんは 奈良の人と勝手に思っていたので びっくりしました。立派な社殿が有り 奥まったところに檜皮葺の屋根が見えたのですが 近くに行く事が出来ない様になっていました。残念でした。

  • YAMADA CHIKUFUKEN HONTEN (Honmachi Shop)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ro 240
    A long-standing Japanese sweet shop founded in 1885 that makes confections. They manufacture and sell a variety of Japanese and Western sweets with a focus on Genji-maki, a Tsuwano local favorite. Moist and lightly sweet, they consist of koshi-an bean paste rolled in a thin sponge cake. The sweet received the highest prize at the 23rd National Confectionery Exposition. Genji-soshi-easy to eat individually wrapped slices of Genji-maki-make the perfect Tsuwano gift. Other popular items include Kuri Gomon, sponge cake with a filling of sweet-simmered chestnuts and bean paste, as well as the subtly sweet confection Tsuwano Uiro (sweet rice jelly).

    津和野の和菓子で有名な源氏巻きを扱う店が10件位あるようで、店構えを見て入店。試食を頂き餡の味が甘過ぎず美味しかったので購入。10日間日持ちするとのこと。

  • Tsuwano Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
    Tsuwano Castle is also known by another name, “Sanbonmatsu-jo.” During the Mongol invasions of Japan the defense of western provinces was ordered, and Yoshimi Yoriyuki, who was appointed as the feudal lord of the western Iwami Yoshika area, began construction of the fortifications in 1295, and the fortress was completed after 30 years. The castle is a representative mountain castle made by removing soil from the mountain top and creating artificial trenches around the mountain peak, and is one of only a very few castles in which the Middle Age and Modern Age construction specifications are unified. The castle ruins were designated as a National Historic Site in 1942. Visitors can use a sightseeing chair lift to access the honmaru and demaru. The site offers a sweeping view of the town of Tsuwano and the gently flowing Tsuwano River.

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