Okayama Prefecture Tamano City
Natural Beauty and the Background of Tamano City.

Tamano is located by the Seto Inland Sea. The climate is mild and the natural landscape is superb.
This area was once an island off coast called “Kibino-Anami” formed with sediment from the Takahashi, Asahi and Yoshii Rivers.
The land was reclaimed in Edo era(ca. 1830). Tamano has one of the major trade ports in Japan, Uno Port. Main industry in Tamano is shipbuilding.

Governor Higaki(1851-1929)
Higaki Nosuke, the governor of Okayama Prefecture had an idea to open the port in 1898, then worked on the planning in 1906. He said, “We need Uno Port as a sea gateway for Okayama Prefecture”. Modern Uno Port was opened in 1909 which was designated as the first trading port in Okayama Prefecture in 1930. Since then the port has been contributing to the development of Tamano City. You will find a bronze statue of Mr. Higaki in the Uno Port Park.

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The Origin of Uno Port

The major industries of this village were salt making and fishing.
It is said that this port was established around 1583, and when Hideyoshi Toyotomi
built Osaka Castle, a great deal of stone was carried from Uno Port.
This port was completed as a railway ferry terminal between Honshyu and Shikoku
in 1910.
It opened as the first trading port in Okayama in 1930 and was designated as one of the important ports in the country in 1951.
Now, it has been refurbished as a major port for passenger boats.


Nature and history of Tamano Google-Map

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Tamano Business Establishment, MITSUI ENGINEERING and SHIPBUILDING CO., Ltd..

Tama Shipyard Co., Ltd. was established in 1937, and was renamed Mitsui Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in 1942.
The area had been used for salt fields, before Tama Shipyard was established.

Corporate Info:
MITSUI ENGINEERING and SHIPBUILDING CO., Ltd. (hereinafter called “MES”) started its business in 1917 as a shipbuilding division of Mitsui and Co., Ltd. in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture.
Since then, its shipbuilding technology has been diversified, developed and extensively applied to many fields,such as production of industrial machinery production diesel engines, chemical plants construction, social infrastructure projects including bridges, logistic systems, i container cranes and environmental equipments.
The Launching Ceremony in Mitsui Shipbuilding
Mitsui Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.: Tamano Shipyard always opens its launching ceremonies to the public.
Why don’t you visit the launching ceremony of a large ship to witness her birth.

By car from UNO Port 15 minutes

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Tourism Center: Tel 0863-21-3486 e-mail: info@tamanokankou.com
Uno Port- Object of Black sea bream
Tamano lyceum, The planning under construction

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Tamahime Shrine

This region once had coves, and the boulder in Tamahime Shrine once stood on the shore. People moored to this boulder and often visited here.
It is said that, one night, three fireballs burst out from this boulder.
The first flew to Garyu Inari Shrine ; the second one flew to Saidaiji Temple and the third one flew to Ushimado.
Tamahime Shrine is dedicated to the Toyotama Princess Otohime of Ryugu Castle from the famous story.

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Ukou Railway Ferry Ruins

When the Ukou Railway Ferry between Honshu and Shikoku was opened in 1910,the name of Uno Port became one of the most important ferry terminals in japan.
With the opening of the Seto Ohashi in 1988, Ukou Tailway Ferry service was ended.
Only the remains of the second berth are left now at Uno Port.

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The conservation of an old Tamano Electric Train.

Binan Electric Tramway was opened in 1953, but fell into disuse in 1972.
This old train car is displayed in the “Comprehensive Health Center”at Okutama, which was the last stop on the line.

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Mt.Takabe has hilly districts.

You can get a fine view of Naoshima, Shodoshima and Teshima Island from Mt.Takabe.
It also has a trekking course, which takes about 40 minutes to complete.

View from Mt.Takabeyama