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Amasagigo Village

 

This is an aggregate tourist spot of history and culture of Kameda Clan, which was granted a land worth 20,000 “koku” by the then central government.   Amasagi Village is a place where you can see replicas of construction works used by samurai and common people during the time under the clan’s control. There, you can also enjoy a demonstration of traditional arts and crafts. Other attractions are Amasagi Castle, 22 meters high, Kameda Castle Sato Yasohachi Art Museum with a tea house and Amasagi Wine Castle, where you can observe wine production process and enjoy wine tasting.
Iwaki Area, where Amasagigo is located, was once a castle town governed by Mr. Iwaki of Kameda Clan. Ryumonji Temple, the clan’s family temple, Myokeiji Temple where the daughter of Yukimura Sanada sleeps, and many other shrines and temples from the old days still remain. Iwaki History and Ethnology Museum within Amasagi Village is divided into a storage and an exhibition hall, where valuable items informative of the history of Kameda Clan are on display.  Such exhibits include armor, swords, old writings, various excavated things, articles of everyday use and a model of the restored castle.
  
Transportation: 10minutes by car from JR Ugokameda Station

Inquiries (Japanese Only)
Amasagi Village, For Preservation and Inheritance of Historic Sites
 PHONE 0184-74-2525
 FAX 0184-74-2526

 

 


Akata-no-Daibutsu  and  Oriwatari  Sentai Jizo

 

Akata-no-Daibutsu
One of the best three statues of Hase Kannon, also called Hase Eleven-Face Goddess of Mercy.  Akata-no-Daibutsu, or Great Buddha of Akata, stands about 9 meters tall and is a wooden statue of cedar parquetry, gilded with gold leaf.  The Festival of Akata-no-Daibutsu takes place on the 21st and 22nd of August. It is known as a rare festival, as it demonstrates a vestige of the mixture of Shintoism and Buddhism, and has been designated as an Akita Prefecture Intangible Folkloric Cultural Heritage. On the afternoon of August 21, a miniature statue considered a child of the Great Buddha is carried over to the Shinmei Shrine by the priests and the district’s representatives and will be kept there overnight. The next day, on the 22nd, it is placed on a portable shrine and comes back to Choukokuji Temple.

Transportation: 25 minutes by car from JR Ugohonjo Station

Inquiries (Japanese Only)
 Gohouen
 PHONE 0184-23-2882
 FAX 0184-23-2882

 


Oriwatari  Sentai Jizo

 

At the Oriwatari Pass in the area, one thousand donated jizo statues stand around the Life Prolonging Jizo Statue, which was constructed about 220 years ago by Zezan, a great priest of Yuri who started Chokokuji Temple in Akata. The place used to be a difficult point to travel and it was constructed to pray for the travelers’ safety. It is also known as a wart-off jizo and is treated as a local subject of worship. Reitaisai (the most important festival) is held on the 23rd and 24th of July.

 

Transportation: 15 minutes by car from JR Ugoiwaya Station

Inquiries (Japanese Only)
Ouchi Branch Office, Yurihonjo City Tourist Association (c/o Industry Department,  Ouchi Branch Office of Yurihonjo City)

 PHONE 0184-65-2216
 FAX 0184-65-2217
 

 

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Yurihonjo City Tourist Association 17 Ozaki, Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture TEL 0184-24-6376 FAX 0184-24-3044

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