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Top Choice Historic Building in Tomo-no-ura

Ōta Residence

On a lane leading back from the harbour area, the former Ōta residence is a fine collection of restored buildings from the mid-18th century. Guided tours (included in admission) take you through the impressive famil…
Top Choice Island in Tomo-no-ura


The island of Sensui-jima is just five minutes across the water from Tomo-no-ura town. There's a walking path that hugs the coast, passing by interesting rock formations and offering views across the water, especial…
Top Choice Cafe in Tomo-no-ura


At this former merchant building they only serve one meal, but do it very well – hayashi raisu (beef in a rich tomato-based sauce on rice). The set lunch comes with a tea or coffee. Walk past the Ōta Residence away …
Museum in Tomo-no-ura

Tomo-no-Ura Museum of History & Folklore

This museum sits at the top of the hill behind the harbour, with exhibits relating to local industry and craft. On the grounds is the site of the old castle, of which nothing remains but a few foundation stones. The…
Buddhist Temple in Tomo-no-ura


Close to the waterfront, this temple dates back to the 10th century. Adjoining the temple is Taichōrō, a reception hall built in the 1690s. This is where you go for a classic view out across the narrow channel to th…
Cafe in Tomo-no-ura

Tomo-no-ura @Cafe

This friendly, modern cafe is in a 150-year-old building beside the stone lighthouse on the harbour. There's a small menu consisting of pasta dishes and sandwiches. There's usually some basic English on the chalkboa…
Buddhist Temple in Tomo-no-ura


Adjoining the temple Fukuzenji, near the waterfront in Tomo-no-ura, is this reception hall built in the 1690s.
Lighthouse in Tomo-no-ura


Looking over the harbour area of Tomo-no-ura is this large stone lantern, which used to serve as a lighthouse and has become a symbol of the town.
Buddhist Temple in Tomo-no-ura


Up a steep hill on the western side of Tomo-no-ura, Iō-ji was reputedly founded by Kōbō Daishi in the 900s. A path leads from the temple to the top of a bluff, from where there are fabulous views.