Amagasaki is a hidden gem in Japan that is often overlooked by tourists. With a rich history and fascinating attractions, Amagasaki has a lot to offer. Located in the Hyogo Prefecture, the city lies on Osaka Bay between Osaka and Nishinomiya. As a major industrial suburb of the Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area, it’s a bustling city with a lot of character. Fun fact: Amagasaki was a castle town during the feudal period.
One of the highlights of Amagasaki is its delicious cuisine. The city is known for its mouth-watering takoyaki, a popular street food made with octopus and batter. Make sure to try local restaurants and night markets where you can also find a variety of other local dishes, such as kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers) and slurp-worthy udon noodles.
But food isn’t the only thing that’s amazing in Amagasaki. This city has several attractions that are worth visiting. Take a trip back in time and explore the Amagasaki Castle ruins. The castle was built in 1617 during the Edo period and was reconstructed in 2019. There are audio guides available in multiple languages and visitors can dress up as a ninja, samurai, feudal lord, or princess with golden Japanese sliding doors as the backdrop for a photo op.
If you want to learn more about the city’s history, visit the Amagasaki Historical Museum. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage through its impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase how Amagasaki has overcome challenges, ranging from war damage to natural disasters.
Looking for a more spiritual experience? The Tera Machi area is the perfect destination. This historic district is home to many ancient temples that are clustered together, providing a tranquil escape from the busyness of the city. You may also unwind and connect with nature at one of Amagasaki’s stunning parks or gardens, such as Nishimuko Park or Motohama Ryokuchi.
If you’re in the mood to shop, Amagasaki’s got you covered with shopping centers like Amagasaki Q’s Mall and Gunze Town Center Tsukashin. And don’t forget to take a quick train ride to Nishinomiya for a shopping spree at LaLaport Koshien – a mall that’s home to both local and international brands.
Amagasaki is just a quick 25-minute train ride away from Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city. Many business and leisure travelers exploring Osaka stay in Amagasaki because of more affordable accommodation.
If you’re staying in Amagasaki, take the chance to explore Osaka, home to many world-famous attractions such as the Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan, Dotonbori Canal, Umeda Sky Building, and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. Overall, Amagasaki and Osaka are both incredible destinations that you can enjoy while staying at Ramada Encore by Wyndham Amagasaki.