Welcome to Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture
The Akashi Municipal Planetarium
Convenient public transportation and ease of accessibility adds to the draw of Akashi. Akashi Station is accessible by both the JR and Sanyo train lines, and from there the outer areas of the city are serviced by the Shinki Bus company.
The city is located between Kobe City to the east and Himeji City to the west. The first is known worldwide as a port city and is famous for the Arima Hot Springs Resort, while the second is famous for Himeji Castle, a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Akashi is situated at the southeastern tip of the Harima Plain, exactly on the meridian of 135。east longitude, which is the basis for Japanese Standard Time (JST). For this reason, the city is known as ‘The City of Time.’
The Akashi Municipal Planetarium was built in 1960 on the meridian as a symbol of its municipality.
The planetarium is the oldest one in active operation in Japan, and the 5th oldest in the world. The live explanation by planetarium staff invites visitors to experience the starry expanses of the sky for themselves.
Akashi city faces the Akashi Strait and looks out on the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea. The city’s coastal line stretches approximately 15.6 km from east to west along the seashore.
Okura Seaside Park charms visitors with its amazing views of the ocean and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, which extends over the strait to Awaji Island to the south.
Many aspects of the city’s industry and culture developed thanks to the abundant blessings it receives from the sea.
Akashi has prospered as a city of seafood and marine products. Thanks to rapid tides and rich food sources for marine life, Akashi-dai (sea-bream), Akashi-dako (octopus) and conger eels in particular flourish.
Fish from Akashi are popular throughout the country for their freshness, texture and taste. The 400-year-old traditional shopping street, Uo-no-tana, is filled with shops that sell fresh catches of the day from the strait, along with various other marine products.
While you’re here, why not try the local specialty, Akashi-yaki (locally know as ‘tamago-yaki’ )?
Akashi-yaki consists of dumplings made from eggs mixed with a special flour mix, with a piece of chopped octopus inside; each shop serves these dumplings with a side of its own specially seasoned soup for dipping, and the combination of the softness of the egg and the firmness of the octopus is loved by people all over Japan.
This dish is said to be the origin of ‘tako-yaki,’ the egg-dumplings popular in Osaka.
Visitors to Akashi can experience the beauty of its vistas throughout the changing seasons.
Akashi Park with over 1,000 cherry trees that display dense, pink curtains of blossoms each spring was named one of the nation’s top 100 spots for cherry blossom viewing.
Inside the park lies Akashi Castle, selected as one of the nation’s top 100 most beautiful castles. Among the remains of the castle, the two watch towers ‘Hitsuji-saru yagura’ and ‘Tatsumi yagura,’ designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan, are periodically opened to the public.
Visitors to the park may also stroll through the Musashi-no -teien’, a garden created by Miyamoto Musashi, a great swordsman. He is also said to be the one who divided Akashi city into guilds and townships.
Time. History. Food. Culture. Vistas.
Please come and enjoy all these things and more in Akashi !