At the end closest to the railways station here in Tsuwano you amble through the old merchant district with traditional shops of dark wood and white plaster and sake breweries still plying their trade, traditional sweet shops and cafes.
This is Tonomachi Street. Narrow alleys beckon you to explore further, and you'll find traditional ryokan and minshuku lodgins tucked away here.
A few minutes' walk along the road directly opposite Tsuwano Station.
As you get closer to the castle, things change and the wooden storefronts give way to white-plastered walls with gateways into grander buildings where the samurai who governed the area worked. In the former old school where samurai children were educated is now a folk history museum packed with items from daily life centuries ago.
The small canal alongside the white walls contain thousands of large colorful koi, and when the irises bloom in May it becomes even more colorful. Reportedly there are more koi here than people in the town.
Most unusual perhaps, is a small Catholic church, a reminder of a tragic event during Japan's emergence from centuries of isolation. Modeled on the Oura Cathedral in Nagasaki, Maria Chapel in the forest nearby is where Japanese Christians were martyred in the 19th century.