Tamba Sasayama is a very rich place in many ways. There is a rich natural environment, a culture and tradition such as Tamba yaki, decansho song and so on, a city of history such as Shinoyama Castle, etc. There are also many excellent ingredients such as chestnut · black bean · boar meat hot pot. I will introduce the charm of such Tamba Sasayama by photograph.
<The oldest kiln of Tamba Ware>
It is the oldest existing kiln made in 1895, and it is designated as an important tangible folk cultural property of Hyogo prefecture. It is located on the slopes of Satoyama, with a total length of 47 meters, there are 9 firing rooms. Over the two years from 2014, major repair was done by the pottery, the reconstruction supporter, and many volunteers. Firing is done over three day and night in the Golden week every year. Along with the pottery, children and the general public can experience a series of processes from filling the kiln, burning and firing the kiln. (Application, participation fee is necessary) Anyone can freely observe the kiln burned at 1300 ℃ through day and night.
<Suenosato・Kamamoto Yokocho (Pottery Street)>
Ceramic village (Suenosato) is a traditional craft park located in Tamba Tachikui, surrounded by greens of the satoyama. Inside the facility, you can find the spot shop for Tamba ware, pottery class, restaurants, training facilities, tennis courts, bungalows and more. In the shop, you can purchase while comparing works of more than 50 crafts. Even just watching from traditional Tamba ware to colorful modern things can have a good time. Let’s take a quick look around the store made like street style and find the favorite kiln.
At ceramics class, you can experience clay work and painting. If you are a beginner you are hand creative and making by board making, and those with confidence can make works with electric pulley. Professional pottery will do until completion by using medicine. You will know later what color what you made. The completed work can be sent by courier.
Long ago, Maruyama village was a village of “water guards” to protect the water source of Sasayama castle. Maruyama Village was a place familiar with the beautiful scenery scattered over 150 years after being built in Yamazato, but it was said that there are more vacant houses and marginal settlements. It is borrowed the building from the owner of the vacant house, renovated three old private houses, and two houses were reborn as a stay type facility. “Old private house’s Inn Maruyama Village” can stay for 1 unit charter. Breakfast will be delivered by neighborhood farmers. Each can accommodate up to 5 people.
<Maruyama Village・Akari (Sakota Mansion)>
There are wood stove and wood deck. The view is good as it is on the hill among the settlements.
<Maruyama Village・Honoho (Saito Mansion)>
There are still remain traditional style kitchen range and traditional style bath. You can experience fire alarm and kettles with firewood.
In 1609, the Daishoin was built at the same time as Shinoyama Castle. Although it was escaped from the demolition of the decree castle in the Meiji era, it was burned down badly on the evening of 6th January 1944. It was rebuilt in March 2000 in honor of Sasayama citizens’ wish and donation. Upon rebuilding, a comprehensive academic survey was conducted, and it was restored faithfully based on it. Barrier paintings between the highest stages are diverted from the screenplays of the Kano group in the early Edo period. The luxurious beauty like the original construction of Daishoin. The armor being displayed is handmade by the citizen. You can experience dressing (reservation required).
<Aoyama Historical Village>
Aoyama Historical Village consists of three houses of Dozou and Nagayamon, with a special residence of Shinoyama lord owner Aoyama Family called “Keiensha”. The entrance gate is the Sawai family ‘s Nagayamon, a building that is said to be the architecture of the early 1800’ s. It was donated to the Aoyama historic village from the Sawai family and transferred to the present place. In 2018 the recharge construction of Kaya was done. Next to Nagayamon’s “Hangikan” is displaying a number of historical materials in the Edo period. In addition, Aoyama Historical Village “Tamba Sasayama Decantation Hall” introduces the “Decansho song” which sang Shinoyama’s history and culture on lyrics and the cultural assets of the Japanese heritage using the theater and panels. At the virtual decoration dance booth, you can experience the atmosphere of “Decanto Festival”.
<Sasayama Town Scape>
In Kawaramachi, there are merchant houses with wives with narrow frontage and long depth. A thousand grid, a rough grid, a sleeve wall, Udatsu, etc. are telling the appearance of the castle town in time. The Okachimachi samurai residence group lived a samurai called walking on a samurai residence on the north – south street along the outer moat on the western side of Sasayama castle. There are still a few ten houses still built in the late Edo period. The Anma House Museum is also along this street. The Kawaramachi Merchant Group and the Okachimachi Samurai Housing Group are designated as conservation districts of important traditional buildings of the country.
<Boar Meat Hot Pot・Iwaya>
Boar meal hot pot is a regional dish of Tamba Sasayama district where boar meat is cooked with vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, green onions, radish, burdock and mushrooms. Sasayama’s boar is known as good quality wild boar because it grows with eating the rich mountain coast of Tamba Sasayama. Boar meal hot pot is said to originate from the arrangement of wild boar meat as dish like a flower dish, but there are various opinions. The hunting period of wild boar is from the middle of November to the middle of March of the following year. When inpatching is lifted, the pot season is coming. Seasoning is a lot of miso tailoring, and fresh wild boar meat can be deliciously eaten with no smell or smell. Tamba Sasayama irori cuisine “Iwa-ya” is a famous restaurant for hot pot in the mountain which I went about 20 minutes by car from Sasayamaguchi Station.
<Tamba Sasayama Tourist Station>
On November 1, 2018, the Sasayamaguchi Station Tourist Information Center at JR Sasayamaguchi Station Renewal opened as “Tamba Sasayama Tourist Station”. There is also sale of special products and souvenirs of Tamba Sasayama, as well as “rental car at station” as well as sightseeing information. Staff speaking English is always resident so that foreign tourists can respond, brochures of English, Korean and Chinese are also set up.