The Joto Conservation Area is a preserved historic site in Tsuyama city in Okayama prefecture. The towns on the eastern side of Tsuyama Castle are the areas that are being preserved. The areas include Hayashida town, Nakano town, Nishishin town, Higashishin town, and Katsumada Town, along the Izumo road. The road is 1.2 kilometers long and was built at the time of Tadamasa Mori, the first leader of the Tsuyama clan. Originally, to make the enemies think the road had come to a dead end, the road bends a lot like a key. More than 160 buildings along the road are left as traditional architecture reminders of the early modern period.
In the Edo Period, there were many merchant houses. Even today, there are still old stores which started running from that time.
Visitors may also look inside the Sakushu Joto Yashiki. It displays the danjiri (parade floats), and was the former residence of Mitsukuri Genpo. The "Jotou Mukashi Cho-ya" is also available for viewing at no charge and these old traditional merchant houses give a glimpse of the past.
Car: Get off at the Tsuyama IC on the Chugoku Road. There is a free parking lot. Train: It is a 20-minute walk from JR Tsuyama Station.
Image Gallery: Joto Conservation Area of the Historic Townscape
Description: Joto Conservation Area of the Historic Townscape
|Sights||Joto Conservation Area of the Historic Townscape (城東町並保存地区)|
Higashi-shin-cho, Hashimoto-cho, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 0868-22-3310|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Groups Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Joto Conservation Area of the Historic Townscape