In the central heart of Hyogo area lives Tamba, a city known for its impressive rural scenery and relatively untouched traditional culture. Tamba is a pocket of this country usually reserved for locals and those really in the know. However, if you do find yourself after an escape from the tourist filled streets of Kyoto, making a beeline to this laidback country town is definitely an itinerary addition worth considering. Far from the neon lights of its neighboring major cities like Osaka and Kobe, Tamba glows with its open starlit skies.
A farming town by history and current day trade, Tamba is known for producing some of the best food in the region. Local culinary icons include Tamba black beans, Tamba chestnuts, and Tamba matsutake mushroom all of which have been regarded for generations for their high quality. Visit any local restaurant in the area and chances are everything they serve will be grown right here in their backyard.
Full of history and local trade there’s always something to see and do in this small town. Whether you’re a history buff looking to unearth some knowledge on local feudal era Japan, or a craftsman wanting to pick up an extra skill or two you’ll find something to do, see, and learn during your time here.
Also famous for producing Tanba ware, a local type of ceramic, a visit to Tamba isn’t complete without trying your hand at making your own unique piece of Japanese art. Visit Tachikui Sue-no-Sato, to dive head first into the world of ceramic art activities, from painting, to pottery and kiln firing, no element of Tanba ware production is left untouched. The site is also home to Kamamoto Yokocho also known as ‘Pottery Alley’ and a museum is filled with history on the techniques and traditions of Tanba ware. Take some time to explore the grounds of this ceramic mecca as there are a number of buildings scattered around the grounds displaying a variety of different types of local pottery.