Kakogawa (加古川市) is a coastal city in Hyogo, Japan. As of May 2021, Kakogawa had a population of approximately 260,100 people.
Kakogawa, is the also name of the river that crosses the city.
Kakogawa sits between Kobe and Himeji.
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 blessed with wondrous natural surroundings. The invigorating and pristine landscape has molded a number of unique people throughout history.
- Fifurative Arts and Letters
- - Seira Matsuoka : Representative haiku poet of the 18th century
- - Yoichi Sugawara: Veteran famous singer
- - Goro Tani: Radio personality
- - Shigetoshi Hasegawa: Major League Baseball player
- - Kumejiro Taki: Founder of Taki Chemical and inventor of the first chemical fertilizer in Japan
The main train station in the city is Kakogawa Station.
Both the JR Sanyo Line as well as the Sanyo Electric Railway have stations in the city. The Sanyo Shinkansen passes through the city but does not stop there. The closest shinkansen station is Nishi-Akashi Station, but due to few bullet trains stopping there, it is not necessarily the fastest way.
The city is 30 minutes from Kobe by rapid train, on the JR Kobe Line (¥770). From Himeji, the city is about 10 minutes away by rapid train (¥330).
From Kansai Airport, there are 6 buses per day. (around ¥3000 - ¥5000 if round trip). More information here.
There are several bus stops at Kakogawa Station, and a fleet of taxis is constantly waiting. Another way to get around inexpensively are bicycle rentals available at both Kakogawa and Higashi-Kakogawa Stations, for ¥400 per day, and you can return the bikes by 10 AM the following morning.
- Kakurinji Temple (鶴林寺), 424 Kitazaike, Kakogawacho, Kakogawa (In Kakurinji Park), ☎ 079-427-9271 (fax: 079-454-7055), . 9AM–5PM. One of the oldest temples in Japan, constructed on the orders of Shotoku Taishi in 589. It has several notable buildings and many are national treasures of the country. There is also a museum with many relics to view, as well as a plum grove that blooms in February. ¥500, ¥800 for entrance+museum. edit
- Hamanomiya Tenjin Shrine (浜宮天神社), 770 Kuchiri, Onoecho, Kakogawa, ☎ 079-424-6908, . An opulently decorated shrine with nice architecture and several active festivals held throughout the year. Free. edit
- Hirokayama Park
- Kyoshinji Temple
- Nikkosan-Jorakuji Temple
- Kakogawa Fireworks Show, (About 15 min on foot from JR Kakogawa Stn), ☎ 079-427-9235. 1st Sunday in August. edit
- Kakogawa Chrysanthemum Expo, Hirokayama Park. edit
- Shushoes, Kakurinji temple. 8 January. edit
- Kakogawa Marathon.
- Tsudemachi, 2 days walking festival.
- Kakogawa beef are the same type as Kobe beef, but quite less expensive.
- Katsumeshi Food is one of the beef speciality of Kakogawa City.
- Yakiniku from Miraku Restaurant and Katsujii Restaurant are famous in Kakogawa.
- Super Hotel Kakogawa Ekimae (スーパーホテル加古川駅前), 621 Jikemachi, Kakogawacho, Kakogawa, ☎ 079-459-9000, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. A nationwide business hotel chain with a natural hot spring, offering spartan but clean, comfortable and value-priced rooms including a free breakfast buffet and located near the station. ¥8000~. edit
- Kakogawa Plaza Hotel (加古川プラザホテル), 800 Mizonokuchi, Kakogawacho, Kakogawa, ☎ 079-421-8877, . Offers well equipped and comfortable accommodations with larger than average rooms and close to Kakogawa Station. ¥7500~. edit
- Hotel Azalea Kakogawa (ホテル アゼリア 加古川), 702 Mizonokuchi, Kakogawacho, Kakogawa, ☎ 079-429-6565, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Offers both western and traditional Japanese style rooms, along with free breakfast and free rental bicycles. ¥. edit
For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Kakogawa Tourism Association (加古川市観光協会, Kakogawa Kankō Kyōkai) Tel. 079-424-2170.
- Kobe - Popular international port known for its wharf, Sorakuen Garden, sake district, and earthquake museum.
- Kurashiki - Renowned for its Bikan Historic District with preserved canals and warehouses from the Edo Period, plus the Ohara Museum of Art with works by famous European artists.
- Himeji - Famous for Japan's grandest castle, the gorgeous Kokoen Garden, and mountaintop Engyoji Temple.
- Bizen - Known for its vast history of pottery and sword making, you can discover the history and even purchase authentic Bizen pottery
- Tsuyama - Known for Kakuzan Park, the best place to view cherry blossoms in Okayama Prefecture, as well as for its historic Joto Street and Shurakuen Garden.
- Takahashi - Site of the Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, one of only twelve remaining original castles in Japan and also the highest castle.
- Inujima - Isolated island known for a few art museums.
- Takamatsu - Famous for Ritsurin Park, one of the largest gardens in Japan, as well as the historic Yashima Island where one of the final battles of the Gempei War took place.
- Marugame - The home of Marugame Castle, one of Japan's remaining 12 original surviving castles.
- Kotohira - Home to Shikoku's largest shrine Konpirasan, about one hour away by express train.
- Naoshima - A small island on Seto Inland Sea with superb contemporary art museums, can be easily reached from Uno port (one hour by JR train).