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The Sasayama Castle at its town center was built in 1609 by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. The Sasayama town was between the then capital Kyoto and Western Japan, and Ieyasu wanted to build a castle there quickly because of the location and his war strategy. The major construction works were mostly completed within the year.
Sasayama, while being influenced strongly from the traditional culture of Kyoto, has grown in its own culture at the mountainous Tanba district in Hyogo. A large part of the town, such as the castle's high stone walls and outer moat, old streets of merchants and samurai residences, still remains of old Sasayama and alienated from modern development. Especially Nohgaku-den (Noh stage) is remarkable and a must to see.
Situated in the property of the Kasuga-jinja shrine, the Noh stage stands there just as it was built in 1681. Noh plays are performed on the stage three times a year, in spring, autumn and new year's eve in winter. The performances are open to public.

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