tamashima area

A landscape to soothe the spirit

The harbor town of Tamashima, which once flourished as the seat of power in the Bitchu region, has a history stretching back 400 years, when regional lord Mizunoya developed new rice paddies and opened a port. The historical preservation district maintaining remnants of that era's townscape of that era, Entsuji Temple, and the once bustling port, offer visitors a nostalgic look into the past.

Entsuji Temple

Entsuji Temple

About 200 years ago, Ryokan, a well-loved Buddhist monk, trained at this temple. The mountainous area surrounding the temple is designated as an Okayama prefectural park and is a great place to enjoy blooming cherry blossoms in early April.

Nakagai-cho (old town)

Nakagai-cho (old town)

Nakaigai-cho is said to have been established centuries ago when the port of Tamashima was opened and brokers of goods opened shops here. Its rows of stores include old-fashioned sake breweries, paper shops, and miso and soy sauce shops.

Yunoki House (Saisotei)

Yunoki House (Saisotei)

Nationally Registered Tangible Cultural Property

The former residence of the Yunoki family, village leaders working for the Lord of Bitchu-Matsuyama.

Open
9:00–17:00
Closed
Mon (or the following weekday if Monday is a holiday), Year-end and New Year holidays
Admission
Free
Sami Swimming Beach

Sami Swimming Beach

Sami Beach was Japan's first public swimming beach and has been selected as one of Japan's 100 best. It is a popular spot to enjoy beautiful sand and sea.

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