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Izushi Castle Town

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Taste the local sake and experience traditional sweets making in Hyogo

Hyogo Tourism Bureau


The castle town of Izushi in Hyogo Prefecture has a history of about 400 years and boasts sceneries made of historical structures reminiscent of the Edo period. Dress up in a kimono and stroll through the Tajima region, known as "Little Kyoto" for its history and townscape. A local guide will lead you to discover intriguing local activities and destinations.  


During this tour, you can try sake tasting at Izushi Shuzo, a local sake brewery founded in 1708. You can see that the brewery is built with a distinctive mud wall from 270 years ago. You can try their original sake "Sasa-zuru" (bamboo crane) which is made using a traditional brewering method.   



You can also try your hand at making traditional Japanese confections at a long-established confectionery shop. The artisans of the shop will instruct you, and you can taste your creations with matcha green tea.  



If you would like to watch traditional Japanese performing arts, Eirakukan is the place to go. Eirakukan is the oldest playhouse in the Kinki region which flourished as a center of popular culture offering a diverse range of entertainment shows. It once closed in 1901 but reopened after 44 years thanks to the voices of many people who had hoped for its reopening. 



How to get there


From Himeji Station, take the express train for 1 hour 30 minutes to Toyooka Station. From there, take thae bus for 30 minutes to Izushi. 


Uchimachi, Izushi-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo-ken



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