Experience Tomonoura2020-02-18T14:24:42+09:00

Experience Tomonoura

2020.01.242020.01.24

Togyo-sai Festival and Kangyo-sai Festival (Yodohime Shrine annual festival・Dango festival)” where we can witness the rolling Mikoshi being thrown away!

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“Yodohime Shrine”, located on the west side of Isoyama in Tomoroura, holds an annual festival on July 7 of the lunal calendar (the first weekend in August in the current calendar). It also is nicknamed the “Dango Festival” as the locals in Hira-cho have the tradition of making Dango to give > MORE

2020.01.292020.01.29

Ryoma was hidden in the attic!? “Ryoma’s hideout”

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The“Masuya”residence was once home to a shipping agent who dealt in providing not only accommodation but also supplies for various clans at Tomonoura in the Edo Period. It is here that famous samurai “Ryoma Sakamoto”stayed in hiding in the secret attic room found only after his death. > MORE

2020.01.252020.01.25

Ochi KochiTomonoura’s Luxurious Seaside Ryokan

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While much of Tomonoura’s charm comes in the form of quaint cafes and the historic old town, it’s not a destination devoid of luxury. Ochi Kochi, a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) on the banks of the Seto Inland Sea, promises an indulgent stay and the best in Tomonoura hospitality for overnight > MORE

2020.01.272020.01.27

Tomonoura Kayaking – A Setouchi Adventure at Sea

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There are plenty of ways to enjoy the seaside beauty of Tomonoura’s port town, and while each has its own merits, if I was to recommend just one, I would recommend a sea kayaking tour. Why settle for views of the Seto Inland Sea from the shoreline when you can enjoy > MORE

2020.01.272020.01.27

Making ChikuwaAmochinmi’s Famous Fish Paste Cake

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Chikuwa may not have name recognition overseas, but the tube-shaped fish paste cake is beloved throughout Japan and commonly made in coastal areas. Like the American hot dog, however, chikuwa is a staple that is widely consumed but not well understood, or at the very least bought commercially and not considered > MORE

2020.01.262020.01.26

Taishiden – A Setouchi Lookout Worth the Climb

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A fixture on the Hiroshima coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Tomonoura for centuries was a major trading port and docking bay, most famously used as a hiding place for the famous samurai in Japan Sakamoto Ryoma. But this strategic geography has brought more than maritime commerce and famous rebels to > MORE

2020.01.272020.01.27

Kitchen NATTY – A Cozy Beachside Café

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While Tomonoura is known for its seaside views, that doesn’t always equate to beach time. Most of the Setouchi Coast is rugged and rocky. These shores are beautiful in their own way, with dramatic cliffs and dynamic rock formations making up the bulk of the region, but white sand beaches they > MORE

2020.02.132020.02.13

Sangyo Factory Tour — How to Forge a Sea Anchor

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Tomonoura is most known for its historic port sites and natural coastal landscape, but the township also boasts a notable iron manufacturing and craftmanship operation. Among the many factories still operating in the town’s blacksmith district, the Sangyo Corporation is an ironworks founded in 1951 and has succeeded a company that > MORE

Ochi KochiTomonoura’s Luxurious Seaside Ryokan

While much of Tomonoura’s charm comes in the form of quaint cafes and the historic old town, it’s not a destination devoid of luxury. Ochi Kochi, a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) on the banks of the Seto Inland Sea, promises an indulgent stay and the best in Tomonoura hospitality for overnight > MORE

Taishiden – A Setouchi Lookout Worth the Climb

A fixture on the Hiroshima coast of the Seto Inland Sea, Tomonoura for centuries was a major trading port and docking bay, most famously used as a hiding place for the famous samurai in Japan Sakamoto Ryoma. But this strategic geography has brought more than maritime commerce and famous rebels to > MORE

Tomonoura Kayaking – A Setouchi Adventure at Sea

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the seaside beauty of Tomonoura’s port town, and while each has its own merits, if I was to recommend just one, I would recommend a sea kayaking tour. Why settle for views of the Seto Inland Sea from the shoreline when you can enjoy > MORE

Sangyo Factory Tour — How to Forge a Sea Anchor

Tomonoura is most known for its historic port sites and natural coastal landscape, but the township also boasts a notable iron manufacturing and craftmanship operation. Among the many factories still operating in the town’s blacksmith district, the Sangyo Corporation is an ironworks founded in 1951 and has succeeded a company that > MORE

Kitchen NATTY – A Cozy Beachside Café

While Tomonoura is known for its seaside views, that doesn’t always equate to beach time. Most of the Setouchi Coast is rugged and rocky. These shores are beautiful in their own way, with dramatic cliffs and dynamic rock formations making up the bulk of the region, but white sand beaches they > MORE

Ryoma was hidden in the attic!? “Ryoma’s hideout”

The“Masuya”residence was once home to a shipping agent who dealt in providing not only accommodation but also supplies for various clans at Tomonoura in the Edo Period. It is here that famous samurai “Ryoma Sakamoto”stayed in hiding in the secret attic room found only after his death. > MORE

An Enjoyable Stroll through Tomo in Search of Unique Cafes and Goods

Stroll along the streets of the historic town of Tomonoura In the port town of Tomonoura enjoy the Edo period atmosphere along the streets with shops that have been renovated from old buildings. Here is our recommended route to enjoy strolling through town visiting the most popular locations and shops. > MORE

Making ChikuwaAmochinmi’s Famous Fish Paste Cake

Chikuwa may not have name recognition overseas, but the tube-shaped fish paste cake is beloved throughout Japan and commonly made in coastal areas. Like the American hot dog, however, chikuwa is a staple that is widely consumed but not well understood, or at the very least bought commercially and not considered > MORE

Kenshoji Temple — Meditation and Monster Trucks at a Buddhist Temple

I recommend Kenshoji both for the spiritual kanjingyo meditation and for the company of its charismatic priest. Down one of the quiet back streets of Tomonoura, you’ll find the entrance to Kenshoji Temple. Dating back to the 1600s, this temple has long served practitioners of Nichiren Buddhism in the seaside town, > MORE