Tsuwano Catholic Church
○Tsuwano Catholic Church
(photo copyright Ojisanjake)
There is an interesting church on Tonomachi (殿町) Street in Tonomachi district. It takes about 8 minutes on foot from Tsuwano station, 15 minutes from the castle ruins. Tonomachi Street used to have many samurai residents a long time ago, so you can see some of their houses. In the canals in this area, there are many colored carp. The carp in Tsuwano were first kept in the irrigation canals in the period from the 17th century to the 19th century. This church was built in 1892 by a German priest. It was burnt down in 1931 but it was rebuilt the next year. Inside the church, there are beautiful stained glass windows. “Otome Chapel festival” (on 3rd May every year) is start from here. The most interesting thing is that this church has tatami instead of chairs. Also, there are 12 pictures of Jesus Christ which tell a story from the Bible. Why don’t you try Japanese tatami style in this church?
*Adress: Ushiroda Tsuuwano-cho Kanoashi-gun Shimane-ken 699-5605 (島根県鹿足郡津和野町後田) *Tel: 0856-72-0251 (in Japanese only) *Open assembly time: 8:00~17:30 (November ~ March 8:00~17:30) *Free entrance fee, the church is open 365 days a year *about parking area