Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour in Hyogo

We will visit Tamba-Sasayama City which is located in the middle-eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture, an hour and a half by train from Osaka and Kobe. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the city has nurtured a unique culture in its natural environment.

In the castle town surrounding Sasayama Castle, traditional architecture, such as houses where samurai lived, is still preserved.
You will also visit the Tamba Toji Sake Brewery Memorial Hall, and the Homei Shuzo Sake Brewery. In the city, there is also a pottery museum showcasing traditional Japanese art and craftsmanship.
* Duration: 5 to 6 hours
* Starts: Tamba-Sasayama, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




We will visit Tamba-Sasayama City which is located in the middle-eastern part of Hyogo Prefecture, an hour and a half by train from Osaka and Kobe. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, the city has nurtured a unique culture in its natural environment.

In the castle town surrounding Sasayama Castle, traditional architecture, such as houses where samurai lived, is still preserved.
You will also visit the Tamba Toji Sake Brewery Memorial Hall, and the Homei Shuzo Sake Brewery. In the city, there is also a pottery museum showcasing traditional Japanese art and craftsmanship.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Castle Town, Tanba Sasayama Hyogo Prefecture

Sasayama Castle Town (Okachimachi Samurai Residences): This is an area of the castle town lined with samurai residences. Inside these residences, you will find armour, kimonos, and other daily necessities of the time, making you feel as if you have slipped back in time to the days of the samurai.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sasayama Castle Old SIte, 2-3 Kitashinmachi, Tanba Sasayama 669-2332 Hyogo Prefecture

The castle has been the centre of the city for 400 years, with its huge stone walls and magnificent wooden architecture. This carefully maintained cultural spot is definitely worth a visit. The unique history of the castle’s construction is also noteworthy.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nikaimachi Street, Nikaimachi St, Nikaimachi, Tanbasasayama-shi, Hyogo 669-2331, Japan

Nikai-machi Street: The castle town’s main street, lined with nostalgic feeling stores and restaurants. Enjoy dishes made from local specialties such as sweet black soybeans, wild boar meat, and mackerel.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tamba Toji Brewery Museum, 1-5 Higashishinmachi, Tanba Sasayama 669-2324 Hyogo Prefecture

Tamba Toji Sake Brewing Museum: This is a museum dedicated to the artisan who make sake. The sheer amount and variety of the tools used in the making of traditional Japanese sake is nothing short of astonishing. Take a peek into the deep world of sake in this museum.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Homei Sake Brewery Horoyoi Jokagura, 46 Gofukumachi, Tanba Sasayama 669-2322 Hyogo Prefecture

Homei Shuzo (Horoyoi Sake Brewery), Horoyoi Castle Storehouse: A sake brewery where the traditions of the Tamba Toji brewers live on. On our tour, you will visit this brewery, which has been in business for over 200 years. Tastings are also available, and you can enjoy the differences in taste resulting from the brewing techniques used. In addition to traditionally brewed Japanese sake, the brewery also sells unique local sake, made from locally grown black soybeans and chestnuts.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Baikakudo Honten, 78-1 Tatsumachi, Tanba Sasayama 669-2323 Hyogo Prefecture

Baikakudo: A popular Japanese sweets store in the local area that has been in business for over 100 years. The Sasayama Tart was born from the fusion of the owner’s love for western sweets, and the local specialty, Tamba black beans, and is the store’s most popular pastry. This is a taste you can’t find in other stores and is highly recommended.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Old Tamba Pottery Museum, 185 Kawaramachi, Tanba Sasayama 669-2325 Hyogo Prefecture

Tamba Pottery Museum: A museum dedicated to Tamba pottery, displaying the work of many generations of potters, where you can understand the importance of pottery in Japanese culture. The beauty of the works, a showcase of the skills of the craftsmen who created them, is a captivating sight. You can also buy the works at the store attached to the museum.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Kawara Tsumairi Merhant Houses Street, KawaramachI, Tanba Sasayama Hyogo Prefecture

Kawaramachi Tsumairi Merchant Housing District: A district lined with old merchant houses that stretch for about 600 meters. The varied designs of the buildings, and their unique architectural style make it a pleasant and interesting area to enjoy a stroll through. You can also find a variety of unique souvenir shops in the district.

Duration: 15 minutes