Tsuwano, which is said to be a small Kyoto in Sanin, is a town located on the border of Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures. This is a castle town that has been around 700 years since the Kamakura period. The colorful carps swim in the fresh water flowing through the city’s ditch, and the sight followed by the white mud wall leaves the atmosphere unique to this town. The site is also known as the birthplace of the Meiji literary writer, Mori Ogai, and the village of Christian Confucianism. It attracts people as such a tourist destination where history and culture can be felt.
The white mud wall that goes on forever, the old town, the ruins of Tsuwano castle, and “SL Yamaguchi-go” (steam locomotive) are something that makes you feel Tsuwano’s history. In addition, festivals held every season also convey the history and culture, and you can realize the beauty and history depth of Tsuwano’s unique nature.
The Tonomachi Street known for varicolored golden carps, which swims in the ditch, is a short street but it is the main street that represents Tsuwano. The white mud wall and the beautifully maintained cobblestones are full of tastes unique to this town. Youmeikan of “Hanko” (Domain school) learned by Mori Ogai is also on this street.
It is “Hori Teien Garden” that can feel the beauty of nature of such Tsuwano. It is the Garden of Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden around a big pond), which is said to have been created by Mr. Hori, who worked for the copper mines of Iwami Copper Mine for generations. This Garden is also a national designated victory.
In addition, the season of autumn leaves is particularly tasteful and colors Tsuwano’s fall. In addition, you can enjoy extraordinary taste with fantastic night light up every year around November.
There is a scenic spot of autumn leaves in a place slightly away from the center of the town
Tsuwano-machi, Shimane prefecture called “Little Kyoto of Sanin Region”. In autumn, on Tonomachi Street which leaves the old stays of the castle town, the ginkgo trees turn colorful to yellow. Also, the area around the torii of the stone steps to Taikodani Inari-jinja Shrine and the Tsuwano-jo Castle Ruins are also decorated with beautiful autumn leaves and crowded with many tourists. Such a nice autumn Tsuwano town. There is a scenic spot of autumn leaves also in a place slightly away from the center of the town.
It was designated as national designated scenic spot in 2005
The Hori Teien Garden is the Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style (a stroke-style garden around a big pond) which was made by taking in the landscape of the backyard skillfully. This is the masterpiece of Mr. Hori who prospered in the management of Iwami Copper Mine during the Edo period and dominated the tenryo (the shogunal demesne). There is a history of 300 years here, and in 2005 it was designated as national designated scenic spot. Although it is a rustic garden, there are plentiful trees that show different faces every seasons, and you can enjoy a fantastic scene throughout the year.
The corridor that looks down at the autumn leaves garden in front is especially popular
Everything is a beautiful Hori Teien Garden as a magnificent scenery of autumn leaves, but the most recommended one is the view from the second floor of a shrine-built guest house “Rakuzanso”. The autumnal leaves of the garden that are visible from the quaint interior through the shoji (sliding screen) are truly spectacular and impress the viewers. The corridor that looks down at the autumn leaves garden in front is especially popular, and many people are taking pictures against the background of the scenery.
You can enjoy the autumn leaves of the mountain from various angles
After enjoying the view from the guest house “Rakuzanso” enough, let’s go out to the garden. It is possible to go around the surrounding of the pond and you can enjoy the autumn leaves of the mountain from various angles, together with the beauty of the garden.
It shows various ways to entertain visitors’ eyes
In the view from the top, you can see that the red leaves which were bright red also become a gradation of autumn leaves from green to red when looking up from the bottom. It shows various ways to entertain visitors’ eyes.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Hori Teien Garden|
|Address:||Muraki 795 Kanoashigun Tsuwanocho, Shimane 699-5622 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yamaguchi-sen Line “Tsuwano-eki Station” (24 minutes by bus)|
|Price/Charge:||500 yen (Adult)|
300 yen (High School Students or Under)
200 yen (Elementary School Kids or Under)
Please refer the official web page.