SETOUCHI TOURS​

SETOUCHI TOURS

Travel and Adventure

Regional Focus: Takehara

Takehara is an atmospheric, historic town on the Seto Inland Sea.

Location

Central Hiroshima Prefecture on the Seto Inland Sea

Description

A picturesque town with a historic atmosphere, and an ideal base for travel in Setouchi

Attractions

Streets of merchant houses and breweries dating from the Edo period, and an island full of rabbits

Accommodation

Hotels, ryokan, guesthouses, kominka

Regional Focus: Takehara

Takehara is a town beside the Seto Inland Sea in central Hiroshima Prefecture. The centre of the town is the Takehara Townscape Preservation District, a network of streets of merchant townhouses built between the mid-Edo and Meiji periods. Most of the existing townhouses were built in the Edo period. The oldest building is the Yoshii Residence, built in 1691. 

Each house is characterized by a frontage of elaborate latticework combining various designs, plaster, and tile. Some of the houses have been converted into luxury accommodation while maintaining their authentic architecture and atmosphere. On the main street are museums, a sake brewery, and several old houses that are open to the public.

As a municipality, Takehara City also extends into the Inland Sea. Ōkunoshima, otherwise known as Rabbit Island for its many rabbits, is part of Takehara.

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