Top things to do in Tsuwano

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Tsuwano


Within walking distance of town, 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 by hundre…
Top Choice Noodles in Tsuwano


The speciality here is fresh wheat noodles handmade on the premises, going into filling dishes such as sansai udon (noodles with wild vegetables) and umeboshi udon (noodles with dried plum). For a little extra, have…
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…
Seafood in Tsuwano


The Tsuwano teishoku (a carp-themed sampler of local dishes) is recommended at this elegantly rustic restaurant, which has wooden tables and the sound of running water. There are koi (carp) in a pool in the floor, a…
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…
Historic Building in Tsuwano

Mori Ōgai Former Residence

The old residence of Mori Ōgai (1862–1922), a highly regarded novelist who served as a physician in the Imperial Japanese Army.
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.
Italian in Tsuwano

Pino Rosso

The menu at this modern cafe-restaurant includes pastas and pizzas, plus there's a range of sweet bready items you can have with your coffee. Reservations are recommended in the evening.