Akashi, Hyōgo

Akashi (Japanese明石 市, - shi) is an ancient fortress city on the southern coast of Hyōgo Prefecture on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The town connects to the West Kobes.

Akashi is known throughout Kansai for its fresh fish.


The settlement area of the coastal town arose mainly from artificial land reclamation. The survey to the city was on 11 November 1919.

The local daimyo Ogasawara Tadazane built here in 1618, the castle of Akashi. All that remains are the building complex just a piece of wall with two towers. The original castle grounds presents as a large park next to the station represents a landmark

The Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 added the city to relatively little damage, although the epicenter was just a few kilometers away. The thrust of the quake went past the town to the southwest.


One attraction is the temple Gessho -ji on the Hitomani Hill. Through the Temple of 135 degrees east longitude ( 135th meridian east of Greenwich), the Japanese Standard Time JST determined ( Akashi - time). The clock on the tower of the planetarium showed after the Great Hanshin - Awaji Earthquake months for 5 clock 46 - the time of the earthquake that brought the clock to a standstill.


Akashi -yaki is a small hot dish, similar to Tako- yaki: In an about plum-sized dough ball a piece of octopus meat is embedded. In Akashi itself is called the feed Tamago -yaki (玉子 焼き).


Especially the suburban Nishi- Akashi in the West in recent decades thanks to comparatively cheaper living costs and very good train connection (15 min. Till Kobe Shinkansen Station ) strongly developed. A large part of the working population commutes to Kobe.

The city is the strait ( Kaikyō ) between the main Japanese island of Honshu and Awaji -shima the smaller island its name. The Akashi - Kaikyo Bridge, which is part of a connection between Honshu and Shikoku Island, located in the city of Kobe. From Akashi from there are ferries to Iwaya (10 min. ) And Toshima (20 min. ) On Awaji -shima.

  • Road National Road 2
  • National Road 28,175,250,427
  • JR Sanyo Shinkansen, Station Nishi- Akashi
  • JR Sanyo Main Line


Economically important are mechanical engineering, textile industry and fisheries, including a major fish market.


  • United States Vallejo, United States - since 1968
  • China People's Republic Mushaku, PR China - since 1981

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Yumi Kokamo ( marathon runner )

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Kobe
  • Kakogawa

Remains of the castle Akashi

Old Lighthouse

Pictures of Akashi, Hyōgo