Today we travel by local bus from Tsuwano to the charming town of Hagi. Hagi was for 260 years the castle town of the Mori lords of Choshu. The town is protected on two sides by the forks of the Aibagawa river and on the remaining north side by the sea. The castle, now in ruins, is further fortified by moats and a defensive checkerboard of samurai dwellings. The remains of the dwellings, with their earthen walls, old gates and orchards of colorful citrus trees are Hagi’s most famous sight. We explore the area and also visit the Kikuya House historic building.