Jul 26, 2018 Attraction Takehara

Walk Through Little Kyoto in Hiroshima, and the Takehara Townscape Preservation Districts!

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Takehara city became prosperous through its alcohol brewing industry. The streets lined with old buildings from the Edo/Meiji periods are called Takehara townscape preservation districts, and are popular tourist attractions.
This time, I’ll invite you this perfect for a day trip walking around city, Takehara.

Roadside Station Takehara

It’s within 15 minutes’ walk from JR Kure Line, Takehara Station, but if you’re going by car, I recommend parking at Roadside Station Takehara. It’s free, so you can enjoy your walk without worrying about time.

Roadsid Station Takehara
Address 1-1-1 Honmachi, Takehara-shi (map)
Access 10mins walk from Takehara Station
Open Shop and Tourist Information/ 9:00am – 6:00pm
Restaurant/ 9:00am – 5:00pm
*Lunch 11:00am – 2:30pm(LO 2:00pm)
*Dinner 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Closed 3rd Wednesday
*If a national holiday, the following day will be closed.
12/31 – 1/3
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The car park has these adorable bamboo shoot decorations!

Walking Through Little Kyoto in Hiroshima

Townscape Atmosphere

The oldest building in the townscape preservation districts is Yoshii Residence, built in 1691. It has a deep history, and was even used as accommodation for Hiroshima Domain’s government officials. This area is called little Kyoto in Hiroshima because the buildings from the good old days from Edo period to Meiji/Taisho periods are still standing today.

It’s fun to take your camera and go for a stroll, and look at the bamboo decorations hanging from the buildings in these preservation districts.

As you can see here, some buildings also have gourds hanging off them. The nostalgic atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.

Let’s Find the The First Post Office in Takehara

This postbox is apparently a replica of the one used when the post office was first established in 1871. This area is part of the important cultural building preservation districts, so any objects placed here are designed to fit in with the scenery.  The post office is no longer used, but mail in the postbox is still collected. Why not send a letter from here to commemorate your trip?

Enjoy the Old Buildings

Matsuzaka Residence

Matsuzaka Residencewas originally built around the end of the Edo period (around 1820). It was then completely remodeled into its current form in 1879 (Meiji 12). Its style is different from the surrounding buildings, and catches your attention.

Matsuzaka Residence
Address 3-9-22 Honmachi, Takehara(map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open 9:00am -5:00pm
Closed Monday, Dec 29 – Jan 3
Entrance Fee ¥200(Group of more than 20: ¥160)
Younger than 18years old/ free for older than 75years old
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Morikawa Residence

Morikawa Residence is a building that contains a lot of historical materials related to the naturally occurring salt ponds in this area. It’s a bit of a distance away from the center of the townscape preservation districts, and was built during the Taisho period (1912 – 1926).

Morikawa Residence
Address 3-16-33 Chuo, Takehara (map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open 9:00am -5:00pm
Closed Thursday, Dec 29 – Jan 3
Entrance Fee Adult/ ¥300
Free for Child / older than 75
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Old Kasai Residence

Same as  Matsuzaka Riesidence, this residence was also built in the Meiji period. It was built by the manager of the salt ponds, but today it’s run by an NGO, and is free for the public to enter. There is a great view of the street from the second floor.

Old Kasai Residence
Address
1-9-11 Honmachi, Takehara (map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open
10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed
Irregular Holidays(Dec 26 – Jan 4)
Entrance Fee
Free
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Fujii Brewery (Fujii Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd.)

This building is a brewery built in the Edo period, and now they also sell souvenirs mainly based around alcohol, Takehara’s specialty. You can taste sample sake!

ai Residence
Address
3-4-14 Honmachi, Takehara-shi (map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open
10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed
Monday
New Year’s Day
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Bronze Statue of Taketsuru Masataka&Rita

A statue of Masataka Taketsuru, who was born at the Takehara sake brewery that was once shown on Japanese TV and subsequently became famous, and his wife Rita. Takehara city Museum of History&Folklore has a display with information about Masataka Taketsuru, and his place of birth, Taketsuru Brewery in Honmachi, is still open today.

Takehara City Museum of History&Folklore
Address 3-11-16 Honmachi,Takehara-shi (map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open
10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed
Irregular Holidays(Dec 26 – Jan 4)
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Let’s Enjoy Film&Anime Locations!

Former Hinomaru Photography Gallery

The Former Hinomaru Photography Gallery is one of the locations used in the anime “Tamayura”. This anime is set in Takehara, was built in 1932 and has a charming, early Showa-style retro atmosphere. Every anime fan should go there.

Former Hinomaru Photography Gallery
Address
1-3-8 Honmachi, Takehara (map)
Access 20mins walk from Takehara Station

Okonomiyaki HORIKAWA

This is another location from Tamayura. It was once a soy sauce brewery built over 200 years ago, which was then renovated into its current state.  The billboard also shows up in the movie “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”.

Popular okonomiyaki ordering style meet, egg and soba with cheese! How nice it is…

Okonomiyaki HORIKAWA
Address 3-8-21 Honmachi, Takehara (map)
Access 15mins walk from Takehara Station
Open 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Closed Wednesday
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Saiho-ji Temple & Fumeikaku

A temple that looks out over the entire townscape. The route from below Fumeikaku to the staircase is one of the locations used in “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” .

At the start of the movie, there’s a scene where a character runs down this staircase.

Saiho-ji Temple&Fumeikaku
Address  3-10-44 Honmachi, Takehara-shi (map)
Closed Wednesday
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Ebisudo-Hall (Kodo)

Ebisudo-Hall, shown here, also appears in “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”. In the movie, there’s a scene where an earthquake occurs, and Kodo’s tiles fall down, so if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll be able to remember it when you come here.

Ebisudo-Hall (Kodo)
Address 3-6 Honmachi,Takehara-shi (map)
Closed Wednesday
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Access to Takehara from Hiroshima City

JR Train

Price:¥1,490  Time: 1h40mins-2h Changes: 1time

Hiroshima Sta.

Hiro Sta.
JR Akiji Liner
(50mins)
¥1,490

Takehara Sta.
JR Kure Line
(50mins)

Bus

Price:¥1,180 (from Hiroshima Sta.), ¥1,290 (from Hiroshima Bus Center)
Time: 1h20mins-1.5h Changes: None

Hiroshima Bus Center
or
JR Hiroshima Station

Onomichi Sta.
Geiyo Bus Highway
Kaguya hime-go
(1h20mins)
¥1,180

Take One Step Into this Small District, and You’ll be in Another World.

The historic buildings in the preservation districts make this area worthy of the name “Little Kyoto.” If you just step one foot inside, you’ll notice the townscape is completely different to the outside world. Enjoy walking through the nostalgic stone streets that look just like the movies.