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Hyogo | 5.5h
A Walking Tour to Learn about the Indigenous culture in Hyogo
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Enjoy a moment of traditional cultures and meet the local peopple


Tamba-Sasayama City is located in the mid-eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture, an hour and a half by train from Osaka and Kobe. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the city has nurtured a unique culture in its natural environment.

Tamba-Sasayama is a castle town established in the 17th century, and its original townscape has been preserved to this day. Traditional culture, such as sake and pottery, has also been passed down from generation to generation, and visitors can enjoy a variety of traditional experiences. It is said this appreciation for traditional crafts and arts is influenced by the culture of Kyoto, located to the southeast.
On this tour, you will visit spots where you can feel the culture of Tamba-Sasayama, and the lives of its residents.

In the castle town area surrounding Sasayama Castle, traditional architecture, such as houses where samurai lived and merchant houses with hundreds of years of history, is still preserved. You can go inside these historical buildings and feel the lifestyle of the past.
You will also visit the Tamba Toji Sake Brewery Memorial Hall, where you can learn about sake brewing, and the Homei Shuzo Sake Brewery, where you can taste different types of sake and enjoy the differences in taste resulting from the brewing techniques used. In the city, there is also a pottery museum showcasing traditional Japanese art and craftsmanship, and restaurants and Japanese sweets stores where you can taste local specialties.

Why not take a peek at a different side of Japan in a mountain village where time flows leisurely?

Highlights


・Old streets with more than 400 years of history will take you back in time.
・Eat dishes unique to Tamba-Sasayama, such as sweet black soybeans, wild boar meat, and mackerel sushi.
・Enjoy a variety of sake tasting at a sake brewery that has been in operation for over 200 years.
・You can purchase dishes, cups, and other beautiful pieces of pottery.

Attractions


・Sasayama Castle Town (Okachimachi Samurai Residences): This is an area of the castle town lined with samurai residences. Inside these residences, you will find armour, kimonos, and other daily necessities of the time, making you feel as if you have slipped back in time to the days of the samurai. 
・Sasayama Castle Ruins: The castle has been the centre of the city for 400 years, with its huge stone walls and magnificent wooden architecture. This carefully maintained cultural spot is definitely worth a visit. The unique history of the castle's construction is also noteworthy.
・Nikai-machi Street: The castle town’s main street, lined with nostalgic feeling stores and restaurants. Enjoy dishes made from local specialties such as sweet black soybeans, wild boar meat, and mackerel. 
・Tamba Toji Sake Brewing Museum: This is a museum dedicated to the artisan who make sake. The sheer amount and variety of the tools used in the making of traditional Japanese sake is nothing short of astonishing. Take a peek into the deep world of sake in this museum. 
・Homei Shuzo (Horoyoi Sake Brewery), Horoyoi Castle Storehouse: A sake brewery where the traditions of the Tamba Toji brewers live on. On our tour, you will visit this brewery, which has been in business for over 200 years. Tastings are also available, and you can enjoy the differences in taste resulting from the brewing techniques used. In addition to traditionally brewed Japanese sake, the brewery also sells unique local sake, made from locally grown black soybeans and chestnuts. 
・Baikakudo: A popular Japanese sweets store in the local area that has been in business for over 100 years. The Sasayama Tart was born from the fusion of the owner’s love for western sweets, and the local specialty, Tamba black beans, and is the store’s most popular pastry. This is a taste you can't find in other stores and is highly recommended.
・Tamba Pottery Museum: A museum dedicated to Tamba pottery, displaying the work of many generations of potters, where you can understand the importance of pottery in Japanese culture. The beauty of the works, a showcase of the skills of the craftsmen who created them, is a captivating sight. You can also buy the works at the store attached to the museum.
・Kawaramachi Tsumairi Merchant Housing District: A district lined with old merchant houses that stretch for about 600 meters. The varied designs of the buildings, and their unique architectural style make it a pleasant and interesting area to enjoy a stroll through. You can also find a variety of unique souvenir shops in the district. 

Notes

・In the event of bad weather on the day of the tour, the means of transportation, destinations, and routes may be changed.
・The Homei Shuzo (Horoyoi Sake Brewery) location is closed on Tuesdays.
・The Baikakudo location is closed on Thursdays.
・Please note that if any other locations are temporarily closed, they may also be changed to a different location.
・ Some locations serve alcoholic beverages. Children are allowed to enter, but they must be at least 20 years of age to consume alcohol.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY2,900 /person)

Meeting Point

Sasayamaguchi station ticket gate



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