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Tono

Land of L-shaped houses, legends and locomotives

Intriguing land of mythical kappa, green creatures with pointy noses, shells on their backs, and plates on their heads who like to eat cucumbers and sometimes children.

 

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Find out more at Tono Municipal Museum such as the Legend and why it was created, To keep children safe from being lured by Kappa into rivers. Behind Jokenji Temple is a small stream called Kappabuchi, which has a small shrine dedicated to them where many expecting mothers give offerings for good luck in lactating.

Explore the open-air museum of Tono Furusato Village with L-shaped houses common in Iwate in the Edo era when humans and horses lived under one roof. Peer up at the largest wooden Buddha in Japan at Fukusenji Temple. Board a steam locomotive SL Ginga it runs between the hot springs Hanamaki and Kamaishi on the coast. As with many historic towns there are many festivals, parks, temples, shrines, and sites to see and in Tono it is with with added curiosity and many tall tales.

 

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