Yoshida in Shimonoseki City is place rich in history, known as a political hub for those who dreamed of the reform that was to become known as the Meiji Restoration.
Most famous of these reformers was the warrior Takasugi Shinsaku of the Choshu clan, who with the Kiheitai troops that he himself founded, led the campaign movement - dying, however, before the movement succeeded.
The Togyoan hermitage was later built as a memorial to Shinsaku (‘togyo’ was a pen-name of Shinsaku’s and 'an' translates as 'hermitage' in Japanese). Shinsaku’s tomb and surrounding shrine were built in Mt.Shimizuyama in Yoshida – where Shinsaku’s troops’ encampment had been located.
Shinsaku’s lover, Ouno, went on to become a Baishoni priestess, spending the rest of her life tending to Shinsaku’s grave.
Throughout early spring, plum blossoms bloom within the shrine’s precincts, along with iris in early summer. With autumn comes a stunning backdrop of red leaves, making it a beautiful place to visit all the year round.
Moreover, the nearby Togyo Memorial Museum contains genuine historical artifacts belonging to Shinsaku himself, including written documents & brushwork, flags from the Kiheitai troops, and lots more.
・Togyoan Hermitage: TEL 083-284-0211
・Togyo Memorial Museum: TEL 083-234-0212
Entrance to the 2nd floor fees: adults – 300JPY, university students – 200JPY
Opening hours: 09:30 – 17:00
Closed: Mondays (where a public holiday falls on a Monday, the museum will open Monday and close the following day) & the New Year period