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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  Historic sites/Cultural properties

A list of tourist sites

  • Tateyama Park

    Located on a low hill overlooking the Shonai Plain, the park boasts approximately 1,000 cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring. During the cherry blossom festival held each year in April, visitor...

  • Funatsunagi no Matsu (town-designated cultural property)

    In the early Edo period, the Mogami River flowed in the vicinity of the Amarume region and boats were tied to this pine tree, giving rise to the name "Funatsunagi no Matsu" (pine tree to which boat...

  • Haraida no Jizo no Matsu

    This giant pine tree has a trunk circumference of 4 m, 30 cm and is estimated to be 400 years old. The beautiful branches spread out to form a large umbrella-like shape.

  • Mikazawa no Chichi Icho (prefecturally designated cultural property)

    This ginkgo tree standing on Reiki-in Temple grounds is a prefecturally designated cultural property (natural monument). Because many "breast-shaped" large and small branches hang down from the bra...

  • Bontenzuka Burial Mound

    Since long ago this place has been known to the locals and called names such as Shojikizan and Kamihitozuka. It was given the name Bontenzuka Burial Mound after an excavation in 1974 revealed it to...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kitadate Sabo Dam

    The dam was constructed in 1612 under the supervision of Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku, the lord of Karikawa. The construction prompted the development of expansive new rice fields and new villages, fo...

  • Monument Esteeming Kameji Abe

    This monument was built on the grounds of Koideshinden Hachiman Shrine to commemorate Kameji being awarded the Medal with Blue Ribbon (given to persons of merit for industry promotion, etc.) in 192...


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