Visit a world of history and culture in the castle town of Gujo

Instruction in Kokin-Wakashu, a collection of ancient waka poems

The Field Museum - Kokin Denju no Sato is located in the Yamato-cho area. It is a place where you can learn and enjoy waka/tanka (a 31-syllable Japanese poem).
Waka was a required cultural skill for aristocrats and samurais in ancient times.
It is also an artistic traditional culture for the Japanese.
Each building in the premises is constructed in authentic Japanese style and arranged to blend in with the surrounding bamboo groves, ponds, and the Scenic Beauty Toshi-Yakataato Garden.
The area is surrounded by a delicate satoyama landscape where visitors can delight in its changing seasonal atmosphere.

The Scenic Beauty Toshi-Yakataato Garden
This museum is located near the ruins of Shinowaki Castle. The To-Family governed Gujo and lived in the Shinowaki Castle. The To-Family were renowned for their waka-composing skill.
Among the To-Family, the ninth hereditary lord Tsuneyori (ca. 1401-1484) was widely known as the Patriarch of Instruction in Kokin-Wakashu.
A collection of waka poems which had been published in 905 by the order of Emperor Daigo.
Tsuneyori instructed the interpretation of difficult words and essence of the poems to the poet Sogi, who was a master of the Renga style of linked verse poetry(1421-1502) highly regarded at the time for his skill. An episode is known to tell us Tsuneyori's ability and integrity. While the absence of Tsuneyori because of his going on a campaign, neighboring Shugo-dai(administrative position) Saito attacked Tsuneyori's Shinowaki Castle and deprived it. Tsuneyori lamented the society where anything could be done to achieve the goals, and made 10 waka poems about his feelings. Those poems traveled to Saito through people. It is said that Saito regretted his enormity and returned the castle to Tsuneyori.
On the premises, there are several facilities such as Waka Bungaku-kan where the works by Japan's representative poets are exhibited.
Also on the site is the Shinowaki-Sanso cottage, where poetry parties, tea ceremonies, and other events are held.
There is also the Momochidori restaurant, where you can dine while viewing beautiful scenery, and also a Japanese style fancy goods shop and a teahouse.
Waka Bungaku-kan
* Sogi-sui: The poet Sogi visited Gujo to receive Tsuneyori's Instruction in waka poems.
He built a hut by a clear spring in Gujo-Hachiman and stayed there for about three years.
The spring is now known as the Sogi-sui. People said Sogi loved this site.

Gujo Tourism Federation

130-1 Shimadani, Hachiman-cho, Gujo City, Gifu Prefecture
TEL: 0575-67-1808