Historical Places

  • Inaba Family Merchant House – Gosho Inaba Honke

    This was the main house of the wealthy merchant family Inaba, located in Kumihama. The Inaba family came to enormous wealth through a shipping business and coastal trade, which was started using the money earned from manufacturing malted rice in Kumihama during the Edo Period.  The main building was...

  • Heiji Jizo (Stone Statue of Standing Jizo Bodhisattva)

    Heiji Jizo is the largest stone Jizo (a guardian deity of children & travelers) in Kyoto Prefecture, with a height of 5.3 meters, including the platform. In 1833, a monk collected donations for the temple to erect this statue. Every year, on the 23rd of November, this statue becomes the site fo...

  • Keitoku-In Temple

    Keitoku-In Temple is famous for having 44 fusuma (Japanese sliding screens) painted by the Japanese artist Roshu Nagasawa, of the Maruyama school. The six rooms in the main temple contain an 8-screen painting of a tiger, and an 8-screen painting of a flower and bird. These works demonstrate the uni...

  • Nyoi-Ji Temple

    The large, well-kept grounds of Nyoi-Ji Temple are covered in various flowers, trees, and wild plants. Its beauty shifts continually from early spring until autumn. You are free to explore within the temple's gates. In spring, around April, about 10,000 bulbs of “Mitsuba Tsutsuji (3-leaved azalea)”,...

  • Takano Jinja Shrine

    This shrine has the “Kikunogomon” or Imperial chrysanthemum emblem showing its venerated status and connection to the emperor. There is also another emblem, “Toukamon”, which is the emblem of a specific family. The temple's main hall is a designated cultural asset of Kyoto Prefecture. The shrine gr...

  • Kotohira Jinja Shrine

    Established in 1811, Kotohira Jinja Shrine, attracts people from all over Tango who pray here for business prosperity, scholastic excellence, marriage and more. In the autumn the shrine is decorated with beautifully colored leaves. This is the only shrine in Japan with Komaneko (guardian cats). T...

  • Kamitani Shrine (Kamitani Tachinomiya)

    This shrine is a Kyoto Prefecture-designated cultural property. Kamitani Shrine houses the large “iwakura” or sacred rock. Ancient people used it to measure the summer solstice to find the best season for agriculture. They would observe the angle of the sunlight hitting a rock between two slits as ...

  • Onaru Burial Mounds

    Located on a high plateau that looks down upon Tateiwa Rock, the Onaru burial mounds are a series of 13 tombs dug into the hillside. Volcanic rocks from the Tateiwa Rock were used to line the tombs and construct the roofs. These ancient tombs were built from the end of the 6th century to the beginni...