Neighborhood Nature Recreation History Culture

“Takarazuka” Are you familiar with the story behind the origins of our city’s name? It is said that long time ago visitors of a local tumulus, an ancient burial mound, experienced a feeling of well-being and happiness. Word spread, and gradually this area came to be known as “Takarazuka”, a name meaning: “Sacred Treasure”.

From 1897, when railway opened, access to the local hot springs became more convenient, and the area turned into a popular tourist destination. In 1914, the Takarazuka Revue Company was founded under the motto “Modesty, Fairness and Grace”, and Takarazuka came to be known as “the Revue and Spa town”.

With the meandering Muko River flowing through the middle of downtown, and the surrounding natural beauty of lush green mountains, the citizens of Takarazuka are able to live close to nature and major metropolitan areas.

Besides the popularity of its all-female dance revue, Takarazuka is also known for having a horticultural center with a thousand year tradition of innovative techniques, as well as being home of the world famous manga artist, Tezuka Osamu.

We sincerely hope that when visiting Takarazuka, you will be able to find some of the “treasures” that our city has to offer, and have a warm and memorable experience with us.



Culture

Takarazuka Revue

 The Takarazuka Revue features the performances of all-female troupes, in contrast to traditional Kabuki, which is performed solely by men. Since its first performance in 1914, the Takarazuka Revue Company has staged musical extravaganzas to the utter delight of its numerous and dedicated fans. It is composed of five distinct troupes of about 450 performers in total Flower, Moon, Snow, Star, and Cosmos.
This is a place where dreams and fantasies are created.

Takarazuka Revue
Takarazuka Revue
Takarazuka Grand Theater
・1-1-57 Sakaemachi, Takarazuka
・10min. walk from Hankyu / JR Takarazuka Stns.
http://kageki.hankyu.co.jp/english/index.html (English)

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

 Osamu Tezuka, representative Japanese manga artist, lived in Takarazuka from the age of 5 to 24, a period of special artistic sensitivity. He has said that he attended performances of the Revue as a youngster. His love of nature, and his belief in the sanctity of life can be directly connected to the years he spent in Takarazuka growing up. At the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, visitors can experience both his visual works and his philosophy.
 The facilities include the following:
a library where all of his published comic books are kept
Atomvision, a theater for the presentation of animated works
Anime Workshop, where visitors can experience the production of animation

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
・7-65, Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka
・10min. walk from Hankyu / JR Takarazuka Stns.
http://www.city.takarazuka.hyogo.jp.e.pc.hp.transer.com/tezuka/index.html (English)

History

Kiyoshi-kojin Seichoji Temple

 Popularly called “Kojin-san,” this temple is dedicated to the god of the hearth and the god of fire. Thus, various sized fire-handling chopsticks are donated here.
 It was built in 896(Heian Era). The principal image is a Seated Buddha that is designated as a National Important Cultural Asset. Special ceremonial days are held on the 27th and 28th of every month, and during the year-end and into January.

Kiyoshi-kojin Seichoji Temple
Kiyoshi-kojin Seichoji Temple
・1 Kiyoshi Maitani, Takarazuka
・15min.walk from Hankyu Kiyoshi-kojin Stn.
http://www.kiyoshikojin.or.jp/en/ (English)

Tessai Museum

 Sometimes delicate, sometimes fearful, Tomioka Tessai is a giant of modern Japanese painting, who is esteemed around the world. This museum holds over one thousand pieces of Tessai’s art.

Tessai Museum
Tessai Museum
・1 Kiyoshi Maitani, Takarazuka
・20min.walk from Hankyu Kiyoshi-kojin Stn.
http://www.kiyoshikojin.or.jp/en/tessai/ (English)

Nakayamadera Temple

 This temple is known as a place to pray for an easy birth. It was built by Shotoku Taishi. Destroyed by fire several times, the current building was reconstructed by Toyotomi Hideyori.
 The principal image of the “11-Faced Goddess of Mercy” which is carved from wood is a National Important Cultural Asset. Behind the main pavilion is a beautiful plum garden that comes into bloom in late February.

Nakayamadera Temple
Nakayamadera Temple
・2-11-1 Nakayamadera, Takarazuka
・1min. walk from Hankyu Nakayama Stn.
http://www.nakayamadera.or.jp/top.html(Japanese)

Recreation

Takarazuka Spa

 The history of the Takarazuka Spa goes back to the Kamakura Period. The spa, while located in the middle of downtown Takarazuka is a quiet retreat. Located on the banks of the Muko River, it is also possible for visitors to view the surrounding mountains. Occupying one section of the spa grounds is “Nature Spa Takarazuka.” It is popular as a spa resort combining beauty care, body care and gourmet dining.

Takarazuka Spa
Takarazuka Spa
・Yumoto-cho, Takarazuka
・5min. walk from Hankyu / JR Takarazuka Stns.
・Nature Spa Takarazuka : http://www.naturespa-takarazuka.jp/ (Japanese)
Hotel Wakamizu : http://www.h-wakamizu.com/english/index.html (English)
Takarazuka Washington Hotel : http://takarazuka-wh.com/ (Japanese)

Takedao Spa

 The history of Takedao Spa goes back to the Edo Era. It is said that in the Kan’ei years (first half of the 17th century) a former fugitive warrior of the Toyotomi Clan named Takedao Naozo discovered the spa while working as a woodsman.
 Surrounded by high mountains and hidden within a valley, Takedao takes on the mood of a peaceful, secluded spa. The seasonal changes that affect the scenery are truly breathtaking. From spring through summer the elaborate cuisine features local mountain vegetables, while in winter the specialty is “Botan Nabe” (a dish that includes the meat of wild boar.)

Takedao Spa
Takedao Spa
・Tamase, Takarazuka
・5min. walk from JR Takedao Stn.
・Kouyoukan Bettei Azare : http://www.takedao-onsen.jp/index.html (Japanese)
Maruki Ryokan : http://www.marukiryokan.jp/ (Japanese)
Kajikasou : http://www.eurus.dti.ne.jp/~ss0110/ (Japanese)
Motoyu : http://motoyu.main.jp/ (Japanese)

Sakura no Sono

 The home of mountain cherry trees, this is an experimental grove started by Prof. Shintaro Sasabe who devoted his life to the preservation of these trees that date back to ancient Japan. In April, 1999, Sakura no Sono was opened as a nature park and is now an attractive, light hiking course.

Sakura no Sono
Sakura no Sono
・Nagaoyama Kirihata,Takarazuka
・10min. walk from JR Takedao Stn.

Golf Courses

 The history of golf in Takarazuka can be traced back to the early 20th century in the Taisho Era. Even today, because they are situated conveniently near urban and suburban areas, courses within the city number 10, each rich in varied terrain.


JRA Hanshin Race Course

 One of the 5 classic races in the country, the Oka-sho, or “Cherry Blossom Cup” held in April marks the opening of the season and is a magnet for horse racing fans. In June is the grand prix race, the Takarazuka Kinen, an all-star run because the fans have chosen the horses. All of the most popular horses compete together.
 Fun for the whole family, this spot also includes a park for children to play in, as well as an area to experience horseback riding.

JRA Hanshin Race Course
JRA Hanshin Race Course
・1-1 Komano-cho,Takarazuka
・5min.walk from Hankyu Nigawa Stn.
http://japanracing.jp/en/index.html(English)

Nature

Ai-Ai Park

 The park was made to look like the English country of Surry in the 17 th Century. Some gardening shop and a restaurant are inside.

Ai-Ai Park
Ai-Ai Park
・2-2-1 Yamamoto Higashi,Takarazuka
・5min.walk from Hankyu Yamamoto Stn.
http://www.aiaipark.co.jp/ (Japanese)

Nature Village

 Visitors are able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature while gathering such culinary delights as chestnuts, potatoes and strawberries. Also you can enjoy bird watching or walking in the woods to connect with nature.

Nature Village
・Around Nishitani Area,Takarazuka

Nagatani Peony Garden

 The Yamamoto gardening area, well - known throughout the country, is home to the Nagatani Peony Garden. Peonies cultivated in Takarazuka are distributed and sold throughout Japan.

Nagatani Peony Garden
Nagatani Peony Garden
・29 Monbata Nagatani,Takarazuka
・15min.walk from Nagatani Kominkan Mae bus stop
http://www.nagatani-btn.com/ (Japanese)

Neighborhood

KYOTO City

 Kyoto is famous for the richness of its culture treasures, including an impressive number of temples and shrines on the list of the World Heritage sites. With a history stretching back 1,200 year, it is a city of fascinating contrasts between old and new. In entraining, known as maiko, can be seen walking streets lined with traditional kyomachiya townhouses. Unique Kyoto cuisine, such as yudofu (tofu hot pot) and traditional kaiseki multicourse meals, is another attraction.

KYOTO City
URL: http://www.kyoto.travel/

OSAKA City

 Historically known as the "city of water", Osaka boasts a unique history and culture. During the Edo Period (1603-1868), when it developed into a center of business and trade, it came to be called the "kitchen of the nation." Since then, Osaka has been a center of food culture, and it was around this time that the phrase "kuidaore" ("eat 'till you drop") was coined. You can shop 'till you drop as well in the "Kita" (north) and "Minami" (south) shopping areas.

OSAKA City
URL: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/

KOBE City

 Since its harbor was opened to the ships of the world at the end of the Edo Period in 1868, Kobe has been known as a port city with a unique charm that is open to a wide range of international influences. It is the home to Japan's greatest center of sake brewing, Nada, and also boasts the natural splendor of Mt. Rokko to the north.

KOBE City
URL: http://feel-kobe.jp/english/index.html

HIMEJI City

 Himeji is the second largest city in Hyogo Prefecture, after Kobe. It was built around the splendid Himeji Castle, which is listed as a World Heritage site.

KOBE City
URL: http://www.himeji-kanko.jp/en/index.html

NARA City

 The traditional culture of Japan can still be seen in the ancient capital Nara, home to World Heritage sites and countless assets, including Todai-ji Temple, Kofuku-ji Temple, Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine and the surrounding Kasugayama Primeval Forest, Gango-ji Temple, Yakushi-ji Temple, Toshodai-ji Temple, and the Heijo Palace Site.

NARA City
URL: http://narashikanko.jp/en/index.html