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As a strategic site, Kisarazu has had a glorious history for many years.
In the city, many ancient tombs are left behind. One of these, called the "Kinreizuka ancient tomb" ranks among Japan’s national-treasures. It is precious because it remains prove the existence of a leading powerful clan in this area.
Because of marine business with the town of Edo (present day Tokyo) in the 17th century (Edo period), Kisarazu’s history and culture flourished. Even now this influence remains. How about experiencing the culture of good old Japan in Kisarazu?

Kisarazu-Kaikan (ken-ban)
From the Taisho to the Showa 30s period(1912-1964) the entertainment quarter in Kisarazu was proud of its prosperity. The Kisarazu-kaikan (ken-ban) was the main building. It has been proudly preserved as it was in that time.
Not only is it a place for dancing or Japanese ballad-type songs but also for exhibiting old photographs, kimonos, etc. The history and atmosphere of Kisarazu port town can be felt.


The old Anzai family residence
The Anzai family farmhouse was restored and relocated from Kusajiki in Kisarazu city.
The construction is considered to be from the middle of the Edo period.
A volunteer guide will be available with reservation.

 


The Kisarazu hometown museum “Kinno-suzu” Gold bells
The relics from the “Kinreizuka tomb” in Kisarazu city are on display. Especially because of five pure gold bells, a unique and precious discovery, the tomb was named: “Kinreizuka” (literally: “gold bell mound”). All of the relics from the mound and the stone coffin were designated as “important national cultural assets”. You can experience the ancient wealth and culture from this area.

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Kinreizuka ancient tomb
This is a keyhole-shaped mound about 95 meters in length, and 6 meters in height. Part of the back circle and a stone room and it’s entrance are preserved in Nagasuka Kisarazu. its thought to be architecture from the last half of the 6th century.


Choraku-ji
Important cultural assets including the principle image “Yakushi Nyoraizazo” (a wooden sitting Buddha) statue built in the Heian period, and a stone five ring tower from the middle of the Muromachi period, gilt bronze Buddhist instruments from the Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties, Buddhist instruments and gilt bronze bells from the Kamakura period, are carefully preserved.
In the back garden of the main building, flowers bloom every season as if the garden was a part of a painting.



Toko-in
This site is dedicated to the wooden “Yakushi” figures locally known as "mountain peak Yakushi-sama".
The features of the precious Buddha statue: it’s height of 1.67 meters, the “Yosegi” style clothes with Kaya material rough engravingings, are considered to be the work of the Kamakura period., and are also designated as “prefectural cultural assets”. Cherry blossoms cover the precincts of the temple in spring. It is cherished as a famous place for cherry blossom viewing.


Kinrei festival
In order to respect the archaeological relics from the Kinrei-zuka ancient tomb, including the buried person, “Odayama” park stands out. It also records an ancient romance.
Within the prefecture “Odayama” park is famous for it’s cherry trees. Events can be enjoyed all day long under the cherry trees in full bloom.


Harbor festival
Kisarazu has prospered as a port town for many years.In 1948, Kisarazu was awarded city status and the town grew in prosperity from then on.Many visitors come in mid-August every year to participate in the festival.


Yassai-Mossai Dance
From Kisarazu station west exit to the harbor, people parade along the main street “Fujimi Dori” dancing in different costumes such as happi coats and yukatas.


Fireworks display
About 9000 fireworks are displayed.The light from Ohashi Island, a symbol of the harbor,shines out and lights up the atmosphere of Kisarazu.


Yatsurugi Hachiman Shrine festival
The summer festival, also locally famous, is performed on the 2nd Saturday and Sunday in July every year.The highlight of the parade is witnessing strong young men carrying a portable shrine (mikoshi) weighing about 1.5 tons (heavyweight class) on their shoulders.It is considered one of the three major mikoshis in the Kanto area.


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