From the hote Itou staition
This former inn has been renovated as a municipal cultural hall. It is open to the general public for viewing. (Admission required)
②Mokutaro Kinoshita Museum
This museum puts on display the diary, writings and botanical drawings of 20th century author and doctor Masao Ota, who went by the penname of Mokutaro Kinoshita. The building dates back to Japan's Meiji Period and is designated a Cultural Property of Ito City. (Admission required)
This shrine is where Yoritomo Minamoto and Princess Yae, who prevailed from feuding families, are said to have secretly met and fallen in love in the style of Romeo and Juliette in the Tale of Heike. The beech trees of the shrine's forest and large bay tree are designated Natural Monuments of Ito City.
Legend has it that this temple was built by Princess Yae to repose the soul of Sentsurumaru, her child fathered by Yoritomo Minamoto, in the Tale of Heike, after his death.
The large camphor tree on the grounds is said to be over a 1,000 years old. The shrine itself is of high standing as its name appears in documents from Japan's Heian Period. Many people claim the shrine to channel positive energy.
(Shuttle buses available at Ito Station)
Azure seas and a marina right before your eyes! You can go shopping, eat at any number of restaurants, and enjoy a cruise of the nearby sea or an outdoor hot spring bath with a great view of the ocean.
This park opened the fountain and sculptures to the public in 1977 to commemorate Ito City's 30th year as a municipal government. There are 13 sculptures done by the same Kenji Shigeoka who provided the "Emerging from the Earth" statue for the Beijing Olympics. His works in the park include "Family," "3-in-1," "Doves at the Birdbath," "Playing," "Prayer," "Woman" and "Waking Moments."