Attractions

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Tsuwano

Taikodani-Inari-jinja

Just above the castle chairlift station, this thriving shrine, built in 1773 by the seventh lord Kamei Norisada, is one of the five major Inari shrines in Japan. Walk up the hillside to it through a tunnel created b…
Museum in Tsuwano

Morijuku Museum

This museum is housed in a 150-year-old building that once served as the home of a shōya (village headman). Downstairs is a collection of soft-edged scenes painted by local-born artist Nakao Shō, a roomful of bullfi…
Gallery in Tsuwano

Anno Art Museum

Tsuwano-born Anno Mitsumasa is famous for his wonderfully detailed illustrated books, including Anno's Alphabet and Anno's Journey. You can see his work at this traditional-looking white building near the station, w…
Chapel in Tsuwano

Chapel of St Maria

The tiny Maria-dō dates from 1951. More than 150 'hidden Christians' were imprisoned in a Buddhist temple on this site in the early years of the Meiji Restoration; 36 died before a law allowing freedom of religion w…
Castle in Tsuwano

Tsuwano-jō

The broken walls of Tsuwano-jō brood over the valley. A slightly rickety chairlift takes you slowly up the hillside, and there's a further 15-minute walk through the woods to the castle ruins. There's nothing here b…
Historic Building in Tsuwano

Mori Ōgai Former Residence

Across the river from the Nishi Amane house is the old residence of Mori Ōgai (1862–1922), a highly regarded novelist who served as a physician in the Imperial Japanese Army. It's next to the Mori Ōgai Memorial Muse…
Church in Tsuwano

Tsuwano Catholic Church

The church here is a reminder of the town's Christian history. Hidden Christians from Nagasaki were exiled here in the early Meiji period. It's interesting to peep inside to see tatami mats instead of pews.
Historic Building in Tsuwano

Nishi Amane Former Residence

It's a pleasant walk down the river from Tsuwano town centre to see the peaked-roof former residence of Nishi Amane (1829–97), a philosopher and political scientist prominent in the Meiji government.
Museum in Tsuwano

Mori Ōgai Memorial Museum

Not to be confused with a museum in Tokyo, this simple building next to the novelist's former residence displays signed manuscripts and relics from his life as a writer and physician. One for literary fans.