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Shonai TownTourist site History and culture

History and culture in Shonai Town have been carefully safeguarded by our forefathers.

Visitors can get to know the history and culture of the town through historic temples and shrines, historic sites, and the achievements of great figures who helped the community and Japan.

Shonai Town Tourist site  History and culture

A list of tourist sites

  • Abo Memorial Tower (town-designated cultural property)

    This five-ringed tower was created in 1844 by the village youth to remember the Abo Family who governed the Amarume region and took up arms over the generations for the Minamoto Clan, Hojo Clan, an...

  • Byakkosan Kosho Temple

    This is one of the 33 Kannon Pilgrimage places in Shonai. Many people from around Japan make the pilgrimage to the temple. It was said that in 861 when a monk was staying at Mt. Haguro, he establis...

  • Kanenuma

    This is a marsh at Kanenuma Shrine in the Fukawa community where the legend of the dragon god has been passed down.

  • Museum of History and Folklore

    The museum exhibits folkcraft and traditional culture of the town's forefathers. Called an outstanding example of Meiji Japanese-style construction (former Karikawa Village Hall), a part of the lod...

  • Kumagai Shrine

    Along with Dewa Sanzan and Zenpo Temple, Kumagai Shrine has long attracted worshippers as a sacred place in Shonai. Saburoube Kumagai, who is enshrined as a guardian spirit, is a noted historic ind...

  • Site where Matsuo Basho came ashore

    Kiyokawa, where Matsuo Basho came ashore, is the starting point for the "prayer road" leading to the Three Mountains of Dewa and people came ashore here to continue on their journey to the sacred m...

  • Gotenbayashi Forest

    The forest is the battleground where the Shonai Clan and the new government army fought in the Japanese civil war between Imperial and shogunate forces. Today, there is a walking path. In 1893, the...

  • Kiyokawa Shrine

    This is where Hachiro Kiyokawa, a senior 4th rank patriot of the Meiji Restoration, is enshrined. His possessions are on permanent display in the memorial hall located on the shrine grounds.

  • Kanki Temple

    This temple has the graves of Tojibe Saito, men of the Shonai Clan who died fighting in the Japanese civil war, and people who died in the Tenpo famine. The Folding Screen of the 12 Celestials, dra...

  • Kitadate Shrine

    Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku, who led construction of Kitadate Dam, is enshrined as a water god. A festival is held here each year from May 1–3. In addition, various leather strap armor bindings and a...


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