Places to visit in Tanba Sasayama

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  • James J
    London, UK86 contributions
    As historical as Japan is, rivalling Europe, there is very little left of the history of Japan to explore. The fact that this castle (dating from 1609) is in ruins and is still a prominent tourist attraction in Sasayama illustrates the point. There isn't much left of the castle itself with most of the buildings destroyed in the Meji, leaving only the administrative chamber in tact, but which itself was destroyed by fire in 1944. The castle walls and moats however remain with the entrance/administrative building having been rebuilt, but little else remains. Inside the castle walls there is wide open ground. A map identifies where particular buildings would have been, so a vivid imagination is required. There are extensive views of the town and the surrounding countryside from the castle ruins explaining why the castle was an important fortress of the time. There is a charming shrine built on one side of the castle grounds (Aoyama Shrine) and dating from 1882. I would recommend a visit if you are in the area.
    Written 13 July 2016
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  • lovelyday2019
    1 contribution
    Visited several times with friends. It's a buffet style restaurant and you can eat all you want within 90 mins. The local specialties are available, all the ingredients are from Tamba Sasayama too, so very fresh, healthy and right on with the season! It's a little out of the way, but surely a well-worth-trying restaurant.
    You can also buy souvenirs there. My American friend's favorites are the roasted black soy beans and Goma Stick (sesame stick shaped cookies)!
    Written 9 June 2019
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  • norman m
    Pahoa, HI1,193 contributions
    My friend and i wanted to see Tamba potters....well do not plan a visit in Jan.....everyone was closed except for one shop....but it was still a beautiful ride on the train and the Museum was a good place to visit. We got a bus but had to walk across the road from the Tamba studios to reach the Museum....about 1/4 mile....they do not give a discount on admission unless you are over 71yrs old....lucky it is open until 6pm...as we got there at 4pm.....the last bus to the train is at 6pm so do not miss the bus ...it is a 5 min walk from the museum ......Displays were of ceramics from Japan, China, Korea.....one from England....one American....old as well as new works
    Written 5 February 2019
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  • Don P
    Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
    This is a very pleasant town to stroll in that is definitely out in the country. On one of the local country roads we saw a Japanese Monkey. The roads in the city are not too busy and there are nice shops to stop in, like the Homei Sake Brewery, or some pottery shops (one of which has the potter and wheel in the front window). We did see a tour bus stopping in front of the Homei Sake Brewery. We went to the Iwaya restaurant right outside of town for wild boar fixed Nabe style, that was great. Many restaurants in town, one of the local coffee shops called ~Angel was good with friendly staff.
    Written 10 April 2016
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  • John S
    Homosassa, FL1,088 contributions
    Welcome to Old Aoyama Villa, located just outside of Otaru, The beautiful structure is a symbol of the Herring fishing era in 1913. inside of a single night anywhere from 25 - 100 fishermen might catch 500,000 - 600,000 fish.
    In 1913, the average catch, worth 2.5 Billion Yen at today's value, of Herring was caught in the Aoyama fishing grounds; the family fortune was built up over two generations by Tomekichi & Masakichi Aoyama.
    The Aoyama villa took over 40 carpenters, plasterers and joiners to complete the work that took 6 years to finish.
    The cost was nearly 310,000 yen, very lavish for the time.
    The Aoyama Villa was built regardless of expense and furnished with the best of every luxury during the golden age of Herring fishing in Japan.
    The Aoyama Villa is so beautiful inside; but you are not allowed to take any video or pictures of the workmanship of the lavish rooms...
    The garden wraps on 3 sides of the Aoyama Villa, which is done very well and very enjoyable, relaxing to walk around.
    The city of Otaru has recognized the importance of Aoyama Villa by designating it one of the city's special historical properties.
    The city hopes that it will make you feel nostalgic for the spirit of the earlier days and appreciate the fine arts of Japan in 1913...
    Handicap people will run into some problems getting around the hallways, they are too narrow to use a wheelchair, and lots of walking and standing around, you will be fine anywhere on the grounds of this beautiful Villa.. Also Please note, You must remove your shoes... We strongly recommend taking a tour in Otaru, this way you will see everything possible and still have time for shopping.
    We really enjoyed our tour in Otaru and would do a tour again to see the old Japan...
    Till Later; Be-Safe, Happy Travelling :
    John & Jackie Scalise/Palm Harbor, Florida
    Written 20 October 2018
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  • Don P
    Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
    There was very little English, so if you don't have a Japanese speaker with you it will be less interesting. Also no pictures allowed inside. There was some historical Art displayed that was nice and some historical maps with information on traveling during the Meiji Era. This building was the old courthouse and they persevered one room to show a trial room.
    Written 10 April 2016
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  • Don P
    Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
    This is a really nice Sake Museum, Sake Ya (store), and Gift shop for the black beans the area is famous for. The real Sake brewery is not here anymore, but the museum shows really well how the Sake used to be made. And the new twist that they add to the Sake Brewing is putting speakers on the Brewing fermentation tank and play different types of music to enhance the fermentation. You can get Beethoven Sake, or Mozart Sake, or classical Japanese Music Sake, interesting and amusing marketing. The museum could have used some English signage, but all the apparatus was there to look at. The staff was ready to help with a wide variety of Sake for Tasting, many musical varieties and many flavorings (I really liked the Marron flavor, chestnut).
    Written 10 April 2016
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  • nobsk76
    Nara, Japan15 contributions
    If you want to come to here, I recommend you on third weekend at October!
    Because "Mikoshi festival" is held at that time (pm 8:00 is best time)
    I just joined the Mikoshi as a member, I was very surprised
    Mikoshi is very heavy, and more over 30 members keep it on the shoulder together

    And when we arrived at this Kasuga Shrine, we got heat up and high tensioned.
    I think the god on the Mikoshi with our pride , and we should defense the god(little makeuped children) with our pride

    Sometimes, fighting is occurring, but there No police men inside of shrine, because that is a part of Mikoshi event for the God

    It's OK it's safety, you can come to see this Festival!
    Written 22 October 2018
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