Top ChoiceIsland in Tomo-no-ura


The island of Sensui-jima is just five minutes across the water from Tomo-no-ura town, though vastly different for its rugged natural beauty, as there are no residential homes. There's a walking path that hugs...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Tomo-no-ura

Ōta Residence

On the corner of a lane leading back from the harbour area, this former Ōta residence is a fine collection of restored buildings from the mid-18th century. Guided tours (included in the admission) take you...

Top ChoiceCafe in Tomo-no-ura


At this former merchant building, only one meal is served – hayashi raisu (beef in a rich tomato-based sauce on rice) – but it's served very well, and in a space filled with Japanese memorabilia. The set lunch...

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.

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, but without English explanations. On the grounds is the site of the old castle, of which nothing...

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 the classic view across the narrow channel to...

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 sandwiches and set menus, which can include seafood pasta and vegetarian...

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


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