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Kakogawa (加古川市) is in Hyogo, Japan. Kakogawa, is the name of the River cross the city.



From its strategic location in the Harima area, Kakogawa has thrived as a strategic point of east-west traffic since long ago. Saijo Tumuli, from which the oldest belt fittings in Japan were uncovered, have been designated a Historic Site of Japan. In the 7th century, the “Kako no Umaya” was set up as a relay post along the ancient Sanyo Highway, which later in Medieval times grew into an assemblage of inns and stables known as “Kakogawa-Juku”. Kakurinji shotoku, houses many national treasures and important cultural properties that tell people today about the romanticism of times passed.


Kakogawa is a strategic point of east-west traffic, blessed with wondrous natural surroundings. The invigorating and pristine landscape has molded a number of unique people throughout our history.

  • Fifurative Arts and Letters
- Seira Matsuoka : Representative haiku poet of the 18th century
  • Performing Arts
- Yoichi Sugawara: Veteran singer know by everyone
- Goro Tani: Radio personality
  • Sports
- Shigetoshi Hasegawa: Major League Baseball player
  • Economy and Society
- Kumejiro Taki: Founder of Taki Chemical and inventor of the first chemical fertilizer in Japan

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

30min from Kobe by train, JR Sanyo Line.

By bus[edit]

From Kansai airport there is 6 bus by days. (around 3,000円 - 5,000円 if go and back). More information : [1]

Get around[edit]

  • Takamikura Mountain [2], 20min by car from Kakogawa.
  • Himeji Home to Japan's most beautiful castle.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Kakurinji temple [3], Old temple build by Syoutokutaishi. (National Treasures of Japan)


  • Hirokayama Park
  • Kyoshinji Temple
  • Nikkosan-Jorakuji Temple


  • Kakogawa Fireworks Show, (About 15 min on foot from JR Kakogawa station), 079-427-9235. 1st Sunday in August.  edit


  • Kakogawa Chrysanthemum Expo, Hirokayama Park.  edit


  • Shushoes, Kakurinji temple. 8 January.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kakogawa Marathon.
  • Tsudemachi, 2 days walking festival.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Kakogawa beef are the same type as Kobe beef, but quite less expensive.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Katsumeshi Food is one of the beef speciality of Kakogawa City.
  • Yakiniku from Miraku Restaurant and Katsujii Restaurant are famous in Kakogawa.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Near the station:

  • Plaza Hotel (プラザホテル)


Get out[edit]

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