Here is the five-story pagoda, known as Yasaka Pagoda, one of landmarks in Kyoto. The official name is Honkan-ji Temple which was founded in Muromachi period (1440). There are famous temples and spots nearby, visited by many sightseers. Together with small shops and Japanese-style bars, the scenery with the pagoda gives us nostalgic feeling.
Kyo-Yaki, pottery and porcelain with overglazed enamel decoration is produced here. Their wide variety of products outnumbers that of other areas.
Takehara, Hiroshima Prefecture is called as “the Little Kyoto of Aki”. This area was selected as the Special Historical District of old warehouse, one of Japan “100 Most Scenic Towns”. We can still feel a deer air of old Japan on the merchant houses, warehouses and streets.
Occupying a strategic location on the Seto Inland Sea, Takehara became well-known as a port city in the Muromachi ara and flourished as a base of the salt industry.