What to See & Do


Site of Tsuwano Castle

Castle in the Sky in the Morning Mist Season

The view you will have from the Site of Tsuwano Castle is of Mt. Aono in front of you with the townscape of Tsuwano spreading out under your eyes. This is the untouched landscape of Japan that was sung about by Masashi Sada in his song Kakashi (Scarecrow). Tsuwano Castle was built during the Kamakura period (1185 to 1333). The castle then underwent large-scale renovations by Sakazaki Dewanokami who entered it after distinguished service in the Battle of Sekigahara (1600). Currently, only the stone walls and stone paving remain. However, you will be overwhelmed by the scale of this castle. Past and Present of Tsuwano: Walking One Hundred Famous Views that compares the townscape now to the One Hundred Famous Views of Tsuwano at the end of the Edo period (1603 to 1868) has been listed as Japanese heritage.

Basic Information
Address Ushiroda, Tsuwano-cho, Kanoashi-gun, Shimane
Telephone Number 0586-72-1771 (Tsuwano-cho Tourist Association)
Website http://tsuwano-kanko.net/sightseeing/look/津和野城跡/
Business Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (Tourist Lift)
Closed Days December to 1 to the end of February: Operation on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only (Tourist lift)
Price and Admission Junior high school student and older: 450 yen / Elementary school student: 400 yen (Round trip on the tourist lift)
Directions 5 minutes by car and 5 minutes by lift from Tsuwano Station on the JR Yamaguchi Line and then 20 minutes on foot to Honmaru (Inner Citadel)
Approx. 60 minutes by car from Muikaichi IC on the Chugoku Expressway