Shimane, Chugoku

Scenery with vivid carp swimming in roadside canals in this town that produced many well-known personalities

Tonomachi is in Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi County, Shimane Prefecture. Tsuwano is a small castle town located on the border between Shimane and Yamaguchi Prefectures, with a population less than 10,000. Blessed with the abundant nature of the Chugoku Mountains, traditional culture is thriving in this castle town with a history of more than 700 years. It is also referred to as the “Small Kyoto of San-in Region.”

Tonomachi is about a ten-minute walk from Tsuwano Station, and is the center of Tsuwano tourism, with old samurai houses, tradesmen’s houses, and historical sites. The former Yoro-Kan, where the cultural education and human resource development of Tsuwano Domain took place in the form of academic and military art studies by the masters and pupils of the official samurai of the Domain, is now the Tsuwano Town History Museum, exhibiting various materials. It is said that Mori Ogai, a great writer in the Meiji Period who was born in Tsuwano, studied in Yoro-Kan when he was a child. There is also the Tago Karo-Mon, which was the former town hall, preserving its grand appearance with a tiled roof. In the roadside canals facing the earthen wall vividly-colored carp swim, and iris flowers bloom in June, which makes for a pleasant sight. The canals are illuminated on summer nights. You can enjoy the beauty in the pleasant cool air at night. It is an atmosphere that can be felt only in small towns.


Ushiroda-Tonomachi, Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane
0856-72-1771 (Tsuwano-cho Tourist Association)
Parking: A fee is charged for parking.

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