【Special Features】Hidden Culture of Amagasaki

Hidden Culture of Amagasaki

Castle Town Culture

Teramachi

A temple theme parkspanning a period of 400 years!

In 1617, the construction of Amagasaki Castle resulted in the local temples scattered around the castle area being centralized into a location known as Teramachi. Some believed the distance from the town weakened the influence of the temples. The temples were encircled by thick, high walls to serve as a form of castle defense. Currently, 11 temples are located in the 3.9-hectare area. This site includes numerous prefecture-designated and city-designated cultural properties as well as seven important nationally designated cultural properties. The solemn appearance of this location continues to convey the image of a castle town.

寺院の場所

Amagasaki Teramachi Volunteer Guides

Guides are available to provide castle tours (in Japanese only) for groups of two or more. Many young visitors have been attracted by the Goshuin stamps and sword boom recently. Amagasaki is a place with a rich and deep history. We want visitors to know the charm of the castle town as well as its strong industrial image. We advise you to reserve your guide at least two weeks in advance.

尼崎ボランティア・ガイドの会の方々
Address
Amagasaki Tourism Bureau
(3rd Fl., Amagasaki City Kaimei Branch)
Inquiries to
06-6417-4946
Opening hours
Reception: 09:00–17:30; closed Saturdays, Sundays,
holidays and year-end/New Year holidays

Takoyaki Oka

This shop makes takoyaki (octopus dumplings) by mixing dashi broth prepared every morning with dough and adding in octopus and green onions instead of red ginger. Prices for elementary school children and younger start at 100 yen for 7 pieces; for older customers, prices start at 200 yen for 14 pieces. They have not raised their prices since they opened and have no plans to do so in the future (yet).

たこ焼き岡の外観
たこ焼き岡のたこ焼き
たこ焼き岡の店主
Address
16 Higashisakuragi-cho, Amagasaki
Inquiries to
06-6412-4764
Opening hours
10:00–18:00 (or until sold out); may close on an irregular basis

Chikamatsu-no-Sato
(Chikamatsu Memorial Museum, Kosai-ji Temple and Chikamatsu Park)

Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653–1724) was a playwright active in the world of puppet Joruri (known as Bunraku) and Kabuki during the Edo period. His much-loved works contained flowing and elegant musical phrases reflecting the ugliness, sadness, conflict, and absurdity of life. For fans of the playwright, Chikamatsu-no-Sato — which contains family gravesites and items associated with his life — is a must-visit attraction.

近松記念館の外観
広済寺境内
The premises of Kosai-ji Temple contain the gravesites of Chikamatsu and his wife
近松公園
Chikamatsu Park, where local residents come to relax
近松記念館の展示物
Exhibits that can be seen nowhere else
模型
Address
[Chikamatsu Memorial Museum] 1-4-38 Kukuchi, Amagasaki
Inquiries to
06-6491-7555
Opening hours
10:00–16:00; closed Wednesdays, 2nd Sunday of the month, Obon and year-end/New Year holidays
Admission Fee
Admission Fee: Adults: 200 yen; Students: 150; Children: 100 yen
Website
http://hccweb5.bai.ne.jp/tikamatukinenkan/

Kazuo Shiraga Memorial Gallery

Known for his daring works, Kazuo Shiraga would use his feet to paint a canvas on the floor while suspended on ropes hung from the ceiling. Born in a kimono shop in Amagasaki, he would use the second floor of the shop as his creative studio. He had a deep attachment to Amagasaki and donated many of his works to the city.

白髪一雄さんが描く様子 白髪一雄さんが描く様子
Action painting also influenced by the thrilling Danjiri (1963)
白髪一雄記念館展示室 白髪一雄記念館展示室
白髪一雄記念館入り口 白髪一雄記念館入り口
Address
Amagasaki Cultural Center 4th Fl., 2-7-16 Showa-dori, Amagasaki
Inquiries to
06-6487-0806
Opening hours
10:00–17:00; closed Tuesdays
Admission Fee
Admission Fee: General admission: 200 yen; Senior high school and university students: 100 yen; Junior high school students and below: No charge
Website
http://www.archaic.or.jp/shiraga/

Castle Town Calendar

Jan
十日えびす大祭の様子

Toka Ebisu Festival
(Amagasaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine)

The festival is held from January 9 to 11 to pray for business prosperity and household safety. It is crowded with local merchants and worshippers seeking good fortune in the coming year.

Feb
大覚寺身振り狂言の様子

Daikaku-ji Miburikyogen
(Daikaku-ji Temple Setsubun Festival)

Setsubun falls on February 3. In addition to the custom of bean-throwing to oust evil spirits, Miburikyogen is performed at Daikaku-ji Temple. The temple’s collection includes the document recording the ownership history of Tale of the Heike. It also features Bentendo Hall, which is related to minstrels who play the biwa, a Japanese lute.

Mar
イベントなし
Apr
イベントなし
May
尼崎薪能の様子

Amagasaki Noh by Firelight
(Daimotsu-gawa Ryokuchi Park outdoor Noh stage)

The Amagasaki Noh by Firelight is held annually on May 20 at the Daimotsu-gawa Ryokuchi Park outdoor Noh stage, an area associated with the Noh play Funabenkei. It is said that Minamoto no Yoshitsune set sail on the Daimotsu River after saying farewell to his mistress, Shizuka Gozen.

Jun
イベントなし
Jul
富松薪能の様子

Tomatsu Noh by Firelight
(Tomatsu-jinja Shrine)

A performance of Tomatsu Noh by Firelight is presented on July 26 by local residents. It has been held annually since 1980 to popularize Noh, one of Japan’s traditional performing arts.

Aug
貴布禰だんじりまつりの様子

Kifune Danjiri Festival
(Kifune-jinja Shrine)

This event is held on August 1 and 2. On the first day a parade sets out from the south exit of Hanshin Amagasaki Station with energetic taiko drumming at Kifune-jinja Shrine. On the second day, the two opposing Danjiri floats face each other and collide in a “Yama-awase match.”

Sep
築地だんじりまつりの様子

Tsukiji Danjiri Festival
(Hatsushima-daijingu Grand Shrine)

This festival is held the day before and the day of Senior Citizen’s Day. The Danjiri parade is held the day before; on the day of the festival, the two groups of Danjiri face each other and collide in a “Yama-awase match.” Bells and drums echo throughout the surrounding towns as participants yell their rousing signature cheer.

Oct
大近松祭の様子

Chikamatsu Festival
(Chikamatsu Memorial Museum/Kosai-ji Temple)

An event held on a Sunday in late October. In addition to the gravesite festival featuring Bunraku puppetry at Kosai-ji Temple, the Chikamatsu Memorial Museum presents Bunraku theater and performances of traditional local Chikamatsu Ondo (dance song) to honor his achievements on the anniversary of his death.

Nov
イベントなし
Dec
イベントなし