Tsuwano in Shimane Prefecture is home to Tonomachi Street, an avenue that was once home to the senior-ranking samurai of the Tsuwano domain. Residences along the tree-lined street retain their original stately appearance, and are joined by a clear-watered canal containing around 20,000 colorful koi carp. At one corner of Tonomachi Street sits the former house of the Kamei family, who were chief retainers to the neighborhood samurai for eleven generations. This imposing structure is one of Japan’s officially designated Tangible Cultural Properties. June is regarded as the best month to visit, when the district’s abundance of irises come into spectacular full bloom.
Tsuwano’s Tonomachi Street (Shimane Prefecture)
NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR