Photo Library of Hyogo Prefecture No.3 ~Hyogo no Tsu, Akashi. Takasago, Himeji~Historical site for Kitamaebune and unique sightseeing spot

We will introduce sightseeing spots of Hyogo Tsu, Takasago where historic sites related to Kitayama ship are concentrated. Hyogo Tsu also has historical sites about “Taira no Kiyomori”. In addition to this, we will also introduce unique spots such as Akashi’s “Fish Shelf Shopping Street” and Himeji’s “Japan Toy Museum”.

<Hyogo Tsu>

The area from the south side of JR Hyogo Station to Wada Cape has flourished as an important port from ancient times. When Kiyomori put the capital in Fukuhara, emphasis was placed on trade based on this Hyogo Tsu (which was then called “Owada no Haku”).

For this reason, there are scattered historical sites related to Kiyomori. Also, during the Edo period, there are historic sites related to Takadaya Kahei who built wealth with trade using the Kitamae ship, Industrial heritage of modern Japan and so on. So we can see how long this place was an important place. Right now, we have a large shopping center near Tsukishima Flood gate, and the area around the Shinkawa canal which was opened in the Meiji era has been developed as “Shinkawa canal promenade” and it has become a popular spot.

<Akashi – Uonotana Shopping Street>

About 100 stores are located in the “Uonotana (Fish Shelf Shopping Street)” in front of Akashi Station which has a history of over 400 years. You can see the living Octopus twinkle, and the vivid fish jumping apart. There are many shops of specialty “Akashi Yaki”, and there is also a dining room where you can eat fish dishes. Some shops can eat, such as tempura and kamaboko. It is familiar as a kitchen of Akashi people, but it is also a spot where tourists can enjoy.


Takasago city Takasago Town has ruins related to the water transport of Horikawa which was responsible for the logistics of the Takasago Port that the “Kitamaebune” had called at once, and it crowned as a logistics base once.

The merchant “Kouraku Matsuemon” who settled in this area invented the manufacturing method of canvas and is known for contributing greatly to the water transportation by the Kitamaebune.

Aioi pine (Takasago no Matsu), known for its traditional Zeami song “Takasago”, is located in the Takasago Shrine in the Takasago town.

Takasago Shrine has been known as a spiritual place of husband-and-wife consolidation and longevity prosperity since its establishment, and is regarded as the birthplace of ordinary people’s wedding ceremony. In this precinct of the shrine there is a bronze statue of “Kouraku Matsuemon”.

<Japanese Toy Museum>

The “Japanese Toy Museum” located in Kagera-cho, Himeji city, is a largest museum for specializing toy in the country, consisting of six buildings with beautiful white walls. Collections are collected from various parts of Japan and the world 160, and it is about 9000 items.

In 2016, Michelin Green Guide was selected as a 2 star, attracted attention from around the world, and many foreign tourists visited. When you are slowly appreciating the collections of nostalgic Showa toys, local toys in Japan, traditional toys such as Europe, Asia and South America, even not enough for whole day.