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Suigo Sawara Dashi Kaikan [Folk Museum]

This museum displays two floats used for festivals conducted in the summer and autumn each year - as well as materials on Sawara’s float festival, which has been designated as an important intangible folk-cultural property.

Getting There

Get off at JR Sawara Station, and 15 minutes on foot.

Sawara Grand Festival
Summer festival: consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between July 9 and 18 [Sawara Honjuku district (near Yasaka Shrine)]
Autumn festival: consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, on the week of the second Saturday of October [Sawara Shinjuku district (near Sawara Station)]

Sawara Grand Festival, which fills the city with excitement twice a year in July and October, has about 300 years’ tradition - and is designated by the National Government as an “important intangible folk-cultural property.” Gallant floats are paraded around in the town to the tune of Sawara festival music, sometimes elegantly, and sometimes splendidly.

Contact :
Katori City Hall, Department of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism TEL.0478-54-1111
Suigo Sawara Tourist Association TEL.0478-52-6675

Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden

This beautiful park, covered with rich green, extends amid the ruins of Sakura Castle since the Edo era. Strolling the park, you will find the Uba-ga-ike Lake, a tea-ceremony house, and the remains of the ancient castle moat which is now dry but gives you vestiges of its former splendor.

Getting There

25 minutes by bus from JR Sawara Station.

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Sawara Machigurumi Museum
[Community Museum]

Over forty stores open their household treasures to the public, such as furnishings that have been passed down through generations, traditional business tools and techniques, and even the stores themselves. Operated by Sawara Landladies’ Society, this museum presents a new way of enjoying exploration inside the city.
http://m-kaze.com/gurumi/

Getting There

Get off at JR Sawara Station.

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Historical Street

In the area along Ono River, merchant houses and tradesmen’s houses from Edo and Meiji eras still remain. This historical street has been selected by the National Government as an important traditional building group preservation district.

Getting There

Get off at JR Sawara Station.

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Katori Jingu Shrine

Being the most important historical shrine in the Province of Shimousa, Katori Shrine carries the highest of shrine status, called Kyu-kanpeitaisha. It is also regarded as one of the most noted shrines in Japan, along with Kashima Shrine in Ibaraki Prefecture. The main shrine was built in the 13th year of Genroku (1700) at the command of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (the fifth Tokugawa Shogunate), and is designated by the National Government as an important cultural property. In the shrine museum, many sacred treasures, such as the “Kaiju Budoukyou (Mirror with Design of Sea Animals and Grape Vines),” a national treasure, are stored and exhibited.
http://www.katori-jingu.or.jp/

Getting There

10 minutes by taxi from JR Sawara Station. 30 minutes on foot from JR Katori Station.

Ino Tadataka Memorial Hall

Inoh Tadataka surveyed all of Japan on foot at over fifty years of age, and prepared survey drawings known as “Entire Japan Maps” (Inoh maps). This museum enables visitors to gain a deeper understanding of Tadataka’s maps and achievements.

Getting There

Get off at JR Sawara Station, and 12 minutes on foot.

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