Japan Heritage - Hinenosho

Japan Heritage - Hinenosho

Villages depicted in Tabihikitsuke and two paintings Landscape of Hinenosho, a manor in medieval Japan

What is Japan Heritage?

Japan Heritage

The Agency for Cultural Affairs recognizes stories that convey the cultures and traditions of Japan based on unique regional histories and traditions as Japan Heritage.
The aim is to revitalize local communities through the comprehensive maintenance and utilization of a variety of attractive tangible and intangible cultural assets that are essential to these stories under regional initiatives, as well as strategic promotion of them in Japan and overseas.

Both inscription on the World Heritage List and designation as a Cultural Property are designed to add value to cultural properties (cultural heritage) and ensure their protection. On the other hand, the purpose of Japan Heritage is not to establish new regulations to add value to or preserve existing cultural properties. Its aim is to revitalize local communities by linking the components of heritage scattered throughout local areas and utilizing and promoting them as collective features.


Around 800 years ago, the area of present-day Izumisano City was a territory of the Kujo Family, who were highly ranked nobles. The territory was the shoen (a manor in medieval Japan) called Hinenosho, and two paintings of the shoen and a diary written by Kujo Masamoto, "Tabihikitsuke," have been conserved. The paintings depict green landscapes, ponds and a watercourse for the irrigation of farms and paddy fields, as well as shrines and temples, while the diary vividly describes the life and people in villages 500 years ago. The landscape that constituted the shoen area has been passed down from the medieval era to present day, and it allows us to enjoy the attractive landscapes of the rural villages presented in the paintings and diary.

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Autumn Festival of Hibashiri Jinja Shrine in Ogi, the Rural Landscape of Hineno Ogi, eboshi from Minato Ruins and others, including some National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. A large number of cultural assets have been preserved and passed down from the medieval era, and they are introduced here.

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Model courses

We have prepared model sightseeing courses for enjoying the attractions of Hinenosho, including a course for visiting the constituent cultural properties, a course for enjoying the landscape and a course for experiencing Shugendo training, including standing under a waterfall. You can enjoy Hinenosho in various ways through these sightseeing courses.

A guidebook and pamphlets can be downloaded here.

  • Villages depicted in Tabihikitsuke and two paintings
    Landscape of Hinenosho, a manor in medieval Japan




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