This historic castle town on the coast is a must for seafood lovers
With a strategic position overlooking the Seto Inland Sea and situated between Osaka and western Japan, Akashi Castle made the city a power center in the Edo period. The ruins of the castle, which still remain, are a popular cherry blossom spot in spring. Akashi is also well known for its large fish market on Uonotana Street.
How to Get There
Akashi is well-connected by train. The Sanyo Main Line and JR Kobe Line both pass through the city.
Akashi Castle sits on a hill in the center of the city. Originally built in the early 17th century as a possible defense against any invasion of Osaka from the western warlords, the castle was torn down in 1874 by the Meiji government. Two towers and much of the castle's walls remain intact in beautiful parklands, making it a popular cherry blossom spot.
Akashi is well known in Japan for its unique form of octopus balls, called akashiyaki, which are eaten with a thin soup. For fans of seafood, it is worth a visit to Uonotana Street, which has housed a fish market for over 400 years. Opening around 3:30 a.m., the market is the best place to find local seafood and super-fresh sashimi. The popular shopping street also has a variety of non-fish-related shops.