Takehara Townscape Conservation Area
Takehara has a 350-year history, spanning a period when the its merchants were leading makers of salt and sake in Japan. Today you can see their old houses as well as the many public buildings erected with the town’s wealth, including old shrines and temples. Take a relaxing stroll through Takehara and enjoy a walk through time.
There are signs of local customs everywhere along the 350-year old streets of Takehara. Many people living in the town continue ancient traditions, and the residents decorate the front of their houses with flowers to welcome visitors and demonstrate their hospitality.
Each house has its own unique lattice covering its windows. Called “Takehara Lattice”, the variety of designs include panel lattice that looks like art cut from paper and transverse lattice with many interesting patterns. Why don’t you enjoy a stroll through the town to look at such beautiful lattice?
Located on the side of the hill behind the historic district, Fumeikaku at Saihoji Temple is a popular sightseeing spot. From its platform there is an amazing view of Takehara. The stone staircase leading to the temple is often used as a location for shooting movies.
Learn how to make a bamboo basket by weaving together individual bamboo sticks. With instruction from the friendly staff, even beginners can make baskets with ease. bamboo crafts are displayed and sold in the workshop.
The easiest access from the World Heritage sites in Hiroshima city, such as the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima, is to a take highway bus from Hiroshima Station directly to Takehara Station. It takes about 12 minutes from Takehara Station to the townscape preservation area by foot.