Akashi, Hyōgo

Akashi City Hall
Akashi fromAkashi Castle
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Port of Akashi
Sanyo Akashi Station
Old town area
Akashi Municipal Planetarium

City in southern Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

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Japan Standard Time

Standard time zone in Japan, 9 hours ahead of UTC (i.e. it is UTC+09:00).

Imperial Ordinance 167 issued on December 27, Meiji 28 (1895).
Akashi Municipal Planetarium, located exactly on 135°E longitude, and known as a symbol of Japan Standard Time.

The city of Akashi in Hyōgo Prefecture is located exactly on 135 degrees east longitude and subsequently became known as Toki no machi (Town of Time).

The Tale of Genji

Classic work of Japanese literature written in the early 11th century by the noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu.

Written text from the earliest illustrated handscroll (12th century)
Murasaki Shikibu, illustration by Tosa Mitsuoki who created a series of illustrations of The Tale of Genji (17th century)
Chapter 15 – "Waste of Weeds" (蓬生). Scene from the 12th-century illustrated handscroll Genji Monogatari Emaki kept at the Tokugawa Art Museum.
Chapter 16 – "At The Pass" (関屋)
Chapter 37 – "Flute" (横笛).
Chapter 39 – "Evening Mist" (夕霧). 12th-century Gotoh Museum handscroll.
Chapter 48 – "Bracken Shoots" (早蕨). Tokugawa Art Museum's illustrated handscroll.
Chapter 49 – "Ivy" (宿り木). Tokugawa Art Museum's illustrated handscroll.
Chapter 5 – "Young Murasaki" (若紫). Tosa Mitsuoki, 1617–91.
Chapter 20 – "The Bluebell" (朝顔). Tosa Mitsuoki.
Chapter 42 – "The Perfumed Prince" (匂宮). Tosa Mitsuoki.
Chapter 50 – "Eastern Cottage" (東屋). 12th-century Tokugawa Art Museum handscroll.
Late-16th- or early-17th-century hanging scroll in ink and gold leaf illustrating a scene from Genji.
Pages from the illustrated handscroll from the 12th century
2000 yen note with The Tale of Genji and Murasaki Shikibu on the right corner

There, a prosperous man known as the Akashi Novice (because he is from Akashi in Settsu Province) entertains Genji, and Genji has an affair with Akashi's daughter.

Kakogawa, Hyōgo

City located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Kakogawa City Hall
Kobe Steel Kakogawa Works
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Japan's seventh-largest city after Kawasaki, the third-largest port city after Yokohama, and the capital city of Hyōgo Prefecture.

View of Kobe from an airplane
A map showing the Kobe Metropolitan Employment Area
Kobe is the busiest port in the Kansai region.
Kobe Airport
Shin-Kobe Station
Kobe Municipal Subway
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge extends from Kobe to Awaji Island.
Kobe University main building
Weathercock House, one of the many foreign residences of the Kitano area of Kobe
Ikuta Shrine
Nagata Shrine
Taisan-ji. The main hall is a National Treasure of Japan (built in 716).
Taira no Kiyomori
Marker indicating the former location of Fukuhara-kyō
Battle of Ichi-no-Tani(Genpei War)
Kusunoki Masashige (Battle of Minatogawa)
Minatogawa Shrine
Hanakuma Castle
Kobe foreign settlement Kaigan-dōri Avenue around 1885
Shinkaichi theatre street in Kobe (Taisho era)
Hyōgo Port in the 19th century<ref>From the NYPL Digital Library</ref>
The Bund, built in the 1860s–1930s
Kitano area, built in the 1880s–1910s
Former Hyogo prefectural office, built in 1902
This nishiki-e (colored woodcut) shows a foreign steamboat entering Hyōgo Port shortly after its opening to the West in the late 19th century.
Map of the Foreign Settlement
View of Kobe after the bombing in 1945
Damage in Sannomiya during the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park
Meriken Park (2018)
Skylines of Kobe from Kobe Bridge (2015)
View of Sannomiya from Shin-Kobe Station (2009)
Nunobiki Herb Garden (2012)
Kobe central business district (2018)
Kobe central business district at night (2016)
Downtown at night
Night view from Kikuseidai
Kawasaki Heavy Industries headquarters on Harborland
Kawasaki Shipbuilding Co. headquarters on Kobe Harbor
Procter & Gamble Asia headquarters on Rokko Island
Nestlé Japan Ltd. headquarters on Sannomiya
UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. headquarters on Port Island
An'yō-in. Its karesansui is one of Japan's Places of Scenic Beauty.
Kobe Municipal Arboretum
Kobe Port Tower
Nankin-machi, Motomachi
Kobe Oji Zoo as home of the giant and red pandas
Foreigners' cemetery on the slopes of Futatabiyama
Notre Dame Kobe Wedding Hall
Arima Onsen located north of Kobe

To the east is the city of Ashiya, while the city of Akashi lies to its west.

Sanyo Electric Railway

Japanese private railway operating company based in western Hyōgo Prefecture.

Sanyo Electric Railway headquarters in Nagata, Kobe, Hyogo
Sumaura-kōen Station

Sanyo also operates bus service in Kobe (mainly Tarumi-ku) and Akashi.

Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line

Railway line in Japan operated by the private railway operator Sanyo Electric Railway.

Sumaura-koen Station, looking east

It stretches from Kobe west to Himeji via Akashi, Kakogawa and other municipalities in Hyōgo Prefecture.


City in southern Jiangsu province, eastern China, 135 km by car to the northwest of downtown Shanghai, between Changzhou and Suzhou.

Map including Wuxi (labeled as WU-HSI (WUSIH) 無錫) (AMS, 1954)
View of Wuxi
Grand Buddha at Ling Shan
The dome made of lights of the Holy Altar in the Brahma Palace, near the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan

🇯🇵 Akashi, Hyōgo, Japan, friendship city since 1981

Seto Inland Sea

Body of water separating Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū, three of the four main islands of Japan.

View of the Seto Inland Sea from Miyajima island
The Seto Inland Sea with Shikoku and Chūgoku from the ISS
The beauty of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, Suo-Oshima, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Seto Inland Sea seen from the Torii of Itsukushima Shrine
Major highways in the Seto Inland Sea. Yellow: Kobe-Awaji-Naruto. Green: Seto-Ōhashi. Red: Nishiseto Expressway.
KURE-MATSUYAMA ferry, Seto Inland Sea 2017
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
Mount Ishizuchi
Mimosusogawa Park (:ja:みもすそ川公園) in Shimonoseki

In fiction, in The Tale of Genji, Genji fled from Kyoto and resided in Suma (now a part of Kobe) and Akashi for two years.


Ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan.

A "boat" of takoyaki
Cooking takoyaki
Takoyaki served with Japanese "Worcester" sauce and mayonnaise
Takoyaki served with grated daikon and tsuyu
A takoyaki yatai in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo
Square takoyaki pan with 16 molds
Open kitchen store

Takoyaki was inspired by akashiyaki, a small round dumpling from the city of Akashi in Hyōgo Prefecture made of an egg-rich batter and octopus.

Akashi Domain

Feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate of Edo period Japan, located in Harima Province in what is now the southern portion of modern-day Hyōgo Prefecture.

Akashi Castle
Akashi Castle
Matsudaira Yoshinori

It was centered around Akashi Castle, which is located in what is now the city of Akashi, Hyōgo.