Crescent Basin to purify your mind and body
Hitoyoshi Kuma suffered a once-in-a-century torrential rain disaster in July 2020, causing the Kuma River to overflow and cause extensive damage to lodging and tourist facilities in the area. The city was reborn under the concept of "Reborn," a tourism policy based on wellness and sustainability.
The concept incorporates the wish for the "reconstruction" of Hitoyoshi Kuma and the "rebirth" of the tour participants themselves through the wellness tours. The tours offer a new experience unique to Hitoyoshi Kuma, where visitors can enjoy the seasonal beauty of the area, learn about the history that has been carefully passed down by the local people, and learn about SDGs and other advanced concepts.
Among the 57 cultural properties recognized as Japanese Heritage are Kuma shochu and Kuma Kagura, as well as shrines, temples, and Buddhist statues that have served as a spiritual center for people since ancient times. In his book "On the Highways," historical novelist Ryotaro Shiba describes the Hitoyoshi Kuma region as "the richest hidden village in Japan".
The Sagara clan ruled for 700 years from the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) to the Meiji Restoration (1868-1912) without relying on military force, and the culture and customs of the region that have continued from long ago have been passed down from generation to generation in the Hitoyoshi Kuma area, and are now part of the daily life of the community.
The 700-year history of Sagara, which has been handed down while preserving the local culture loved and protected since ancient times is inscribed in the "richest hidden village - Hitoyoshi Kuma," and even today, visitors can feel the mysterious spiritual power and historical aspects of the area.