Hiroshima CAT STREET VIEW – Takehara Version is a promotional movie showing around Takehara City from a cat’s view. The Cat’s eyes capture the warmth of local people, other cute cat’s faces, tasteful townscapes and more fascination of Takehara.
Let’s take a look at what kind of place Takehara city, Hiroshima Prefecture is.
Takehara city is located in the center of the southern part, that has developed mainly by the salt and Sake brewing industry since the Edo period. There is a neighborhood called “Machinami Hozon Chiku”(Preservation District of Important Historical Buildings) where you can see old houses and public buildings from the Edo period. Ohkunoshima Island is one of the most popular places to visit in Takehara city too. It’s the only place in the world where tourists can see this many wild rabbits. Now the number of rabbits has increased to over 700!! There are more must-see places in Takehara city such as the birthplace of Masataka Taketsuru, the pioneer of Japan’s whisky industry and tasty local food is enjoyable as well.
Access to Takehara city
Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 1h 20min from Haneda Airport to Hiroshima Airport. It takes 25 mins from Hiroshima Airport to Takehara station.
Arriving by train:
Approximately 3h 40mins from Tokyo station to Fukuyama station by Nozomi bullet train. It takes 20 mins from Fukuyama station to Mihara station by Kodama bullet train and transfer to JR Kure line for another 40 mins from Fukuyama station to Takehara station.
A must-see spot in Takehara city
Machinami Hozon Chiku (Preservation District of Important Historical Buildings)
It is called “Sho Kyoto”(little Kyoto) because of its historical townscape. The same townscape remains from the Edo period when the city developed the salt industry. There are quaint old-fashioned houses and public buildings including the house where Masataka Taketsuru, known as “the father of Japanese whiskey” was born. Why don’t you visit the neighborhood that makes you feel like a time-travel into the Edo period?
A must-eat dish in Takehara city
Gyohan (Fish rice)
Takehara city used to have a lot of salt field. Gyohan is called “legendary local food” which has disappeared with the salt field. Gyohan was a special feast for celebrations and festivals but it disappeared somehow. However, recently some of the local people learned and researched old books and references, and finally made Gyohan which soon became a popular local food. Gyohan is a kind of rice bowl that has flaked grilled fish, eggs and more ingredients on top with broth. Every restaurant has their own recipe.
A must-buy souvenir in Takehara city
In the Edo period, Takehara city has rapidly developed with the salt industry and Sake brewing so there are still many Sake brewers in the city. Actually, Sake brewing has a longer history than the salt industry in Takehara and the brewer tour is one of the popular activities. Try some Sake and you can find your favorite one!
The dialect in Takehara city
The dialects of Hiroshima Prefecture are classified into Aki dialect and Bingo dialect but there are some original local expressions in Takehara city.
Ittekaeri … Go out and come back safely.
Why don’t you visit the historical place Takehara city?
「Hiroshima Kanko Navi」Hiroshima Prefecture official tourism information site.