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General incorporated association Iwamino Chikara

Area name Hamada Area
Practitioner Yasutake Ito
Hands-on Experiences Nature Experiences/Others
Accommodation Day Trip Experience
Meals Not Provided

The office of "Iwami no Chikara" is found on the premises of Yamabe Shrine located at the southern foot of Tsuruyama, in an intricate townscape a 15-minute walk from Gotsu Station. The historical townscape of Gotsu Honmachi still remains here today, having been carefully preserved thanks to the collaborative efforts of local residents.
You can learn more about the history and culture of Gotsu by walking through the streets alongside a tour guide. This area is packed with wonderful features that you would want to capture in photos, such as the colors and architecture of buildings that exemplify the Taisho Romantic movement, massive urns that have been placed in various spots, and the view along the Gonokawa River flowing nearby. In 2003, this area was recognized as a model district by the "Yumekaido Renaissance Promotion Committee."
The "Council for Promotion of Community-Building Using Historical Buildings in the Honmachi Area" was launched with the aim of fostering a town that residents would want to continue living in by reappraising the rich culture and history of this area. It is currently actively involved in survey and restoration works in the town in order to ensure that the charms of the area can be passed on to future generations.

Along with the "Gotsu Honmachi Walking Tour," you can also experience staying overnight at a Japanese house (Yamabeso) that was built in 1915.
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Gotsu Honmachi Walking Tour


Experience category Others
Period All year
Suitable age group Elementary school age and above
Time required Around 2 hours (10:00 AM to 12 noon / 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
Things to bring Clothes that are easy to walk around in, towel, tea (rain gear in rainy weather)
Necessity of reservation Yes (telephone reservation seven days in advance)
Experience content On this tour, you can enjoy exploring Gotsu Honmachi, a historical area with rows of houses that have been thatched with red Sekishu tiles.

Starting from Yamabe Shrine, which has a long history of over 1300 years, the tour will bring you to mercantile houses, storehouses, as well as retro post offices and old government offices built in the Meiji period and after. As Honmachi was also a logistics base for goods transported by water along the Gonokawa River on boats and cargo ships, among the highlights here are the "Hanaguri Ishi" stones that had served to connect the horse and cattle tasked with carrying goods along the river.

This activity will make you lose track of time with the tour guide's clear explanations and the area's amazing scenery.
Note The tour guide will be different from time to time.

Facility details

Facility name Yamabe Kaikan
Group name General incorporated association Iwamino Chikara
Practitioner Yasutake Ito
Address  112 Gotsu-cho, Gotsu-shi, Shimane Prefecture
Inquiry phone number +81855-52-5319
Business hours 10:00〜17:00
Closed days Weekends and public holidays
Transportation method 15-minute walk or 10-minute drive from Gotsu Station
Drive towards Gotsu Town Hall from Gotsu Station and turn left onto Route 112. Go straight and you will arrive at the Torii gate of Yamabe Shrine.

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