Tsuwano is a landlocked inland town at the westernmost edge of Shimane Prefecture right on the border with Yamaguchi Prefecture. The due to its proximity to areas that were touched by both national and international cultural influences, the town is full of history and historical structures. Tsuwano Town also has the distinction of being the terminus of the SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Train that departs from Shin-Yamaguchi Station.
Some of the many sites of interest include:
Taikodani Inari Shrine – a brilliant vermillion and white shrine considered to be one of the top 5 in Japan
Tsuwano Catholic Church – an understated yet elegant reminder of the long legacy that Christianity has in the region
Otome Toge St. Mary Chapel – a procession is held from the church to the chapel annually on May 3rd in honor of Christians in the past who were persecuted
Access: Take the Shinakansen from JR Okayama Station to JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station. Transfer to the Sannin Express Line. Take the Yonago bound train to JR Tsuwano Station.
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