IZUSHI CASTLE TOWN
NOSTALGIC OF THE EDO ERA

A castle town popular for its nostalgic atmosphere. The current townscape is reminiscent of the Edo era (1604) thanks to efforts to preserve the town’s original architecture.

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Izushi is a town that thrives on its history. Today it is a castle town popular for its nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan. Changing into a kimono and strolling through the town will whisk you away to a simpler time.
Here shops, homes, and other buildings retain their original charm as well as community and rural life. Unlike other large tourist destinations, locals still live in the town, adding to the atmosphere. Local grandmas chatting while they buy the day’s groceries, laundry hung out to dry, and neighborhood children walking to and from school are just some of the many scenes of daily Izushi life.

IZUSHI MAP

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Experience Izushi

Eirakukan

Eirakukan Kabuki Theater is the oldest working kabuki theatre in the Kansai region. The theatre setting is very intimate. Audience members can opt for traditional seating on the floor, and everyone is seated very close to the actors.
A visit to Eirakukan Kabuki Theatre will put you on, behind, and under the stage, all rare and fantastic experiences to feel like a real kabuki actor and take a closer look at the mysterious workings of a traditional kabuki stage.

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Izushi Sara Soba

Soba noodles in Japan are usually served in a large dish, but Izushi soba is traditionally served on 5 small plates for a single serving. There are about 40 soba noodle shops in Izushi that showcase this interesting serving method.
Use your chopstick to measure how many plates of soba you have eaten. 20 plates stack up to the height of a single chopstick!

About Izushi Soba

Soba-making Activity

Sukyoji Temple

Built in 1392, Sukyoji Temple was where the family of Izushi Castle had worshipped for generations. Here the Buddhist monk Takuan Soho created his namesake pickled daikon radish ("takuan"), now popular all over Japan, and for this reason the temple is also referred to as "Takuan Temple". Visitors can experience full-fledged zen meditation and a tour of the gardens.

Zen Meditation Experience

Izushi Castle Town

With a local guide, you can have the chance to explore the Izushi Castle Ruins, Shinkoro Clock Tower, Samurai House Karoyashiki, Eirakukan Kabuki Theater and more!

Guided Tour of the Town

Izushi Through the Seasons

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