What to do and see in Ako, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

December 20, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Ako in Japan, from Asia region, is best know for Sacred & Religious Sites. Discover best things to do in Ako with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Ako

1. Ako Oishi Shrine

129 Kamikariya, Ako 678-0235, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-42-2054
Excellent
16%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 126 reviews

Ako Oishi Shrine

Reviewed By Eun Sil N - Seoul, South Korea

I visited this place about ten years ago indeed, but still this was the most memorable place for me because I was fond of the historical story 'Chushingura'.
Even the size of shrine relatively smaller than our famous shrines, the statues along the walk welcomes you and provide very calm atmosphere.

2. Ako Kaihin Park

1857-5 Misaki, Ako 678-0215, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-45-0800
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Ako Kaihin Park

Reviewed By Sheryl Y

good place for family with kids.very cheap.lotsa choice to enjoy the whole day.you wont get bored.but lack of good foods.i suggest to bring youre own.perfect for picnic tho...o(^_-)O

3. Remains of Ako Castle

Kamikariya, Ako 678-0235, Hyogo Prefecture
Excellent
6%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
49%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 131 reviews

Remains of Ako Castle

Reviewed By Just-Julie-Cairns - Cairns, Australia

My main aim my last trip to Japan was to visit as many Castles as I could in the timeframe. Some of them were castle ruins and Ako Castle was on my list purely due to the story that interested me about the 47 Ronin. The Castle is really just ruins as it is stated but you can see the layout of the palace inside the walls. We did spend quite a bit of time here Reading the information about the palace layout which by the way is in Japanese only. If you are heading to Ako and want to visit the Castle ruins and also the shrine my advise is to read about the 47 Ronin so you have an idea of what happened in this area and you may appreciate the castle and the statues at the entrance of the shrine. This Castle ruin may not be for everyone but for those who are passionate about Japanese history you will find this a very interesting place to visit.

4. Kagakuji

1992 Kariya, Ako 678-0239, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-42-2068
Excellent
18%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 33 reviews

Kagakuji

Reviewed By Lara N - Takamatsu, Japan

Probably if you are not familiar with the story of the 47 Ronin, Kagakuji would be a pleasant stop on a trip to Ako. I would recommend seeing it even if you have never heard about the legendary samurai who avenged their lord then took their own lives, because the temple itself is quite pretty. However, it is a must for those who want to see the graves of the 47 heroes, located in the heart of the temple grounds. No matter what reason you choose to go, be sure to look at the giant, beautiful tiger painting on the ceiling of the main temple hall as well as strolling through the grounds and outbuildings, which hold several interesting artifacts.

5. Sakoshi Street

Sakoshi, Ako 678-0172, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-48-7770
Excellent
30%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Sakoshi Street

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

こちらを散策する前に【奥藤酒造郷土館】に訪問すると《販売コーナー》の前に《坂越の町並み》の模型があり その模型で坂越の町並みのイメージを持って散策されることをお薦めします(添付 写真参照)。《坂越》内の建築物の中で【奥藤酒造】が最も立派な建築物で 雰囲気的にも【奥藤酒造】近辺が一番の見所と感じました。又 北前船寄港地として廻船業が栄えた場所であることを実感されたい方は 【奥藤酒造郷土館】内の展示物、【大避神社】に奉納されている北前船を描いた絵馬、【旧坂越浦会所】前にある《北前船の模型(縮尺:1/5、全長:約6m》などを鑑賞することお薦めします。更に【坂越のまち並み館】前にある【坂利太】では イタリア・ナポリの菓子《スフォリアテッラ》をより日本人向けにした《アラゴスタ》《アンジェラ》《季節フルーツのブーケ》が販売されているので 散策後のスイーツとしてお薦めします(添付 写真参照)。

6. Ikitsugi Ido Well

KarIya, Ako 678-0239, Hyogo Prefecture
Excellent
24%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Ikitsugi Ido Well

Reviewed By Lara N - Takamatsu, Japan

I didn't expect much, but we went to see this famous well as part of our visit to Ako. My 4-year-old son was fascinated with how it worked, and played with the pulley system for a long time, and even went back a few hours later. Ours was not the only child intrigued by the well. The good news is that the story is told in English as well as Japanese from a small microphone, so it is possible to learn about the history when you visit. Next to the well is a clock which plays music, opens to reveal scenes, and tells a story once an hour. Unfortunately the story is not in English, so would be hard to understand for a person who does not know the story of the 47 Ronin. However, the moving parts were again a source of wonder and delight for all the kids around. Definitely worth stopping by if you are in Ako...and all the better because it is free!

7. Tourist Information Center

328 Kariya, Ako 678-0239, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-42-2602
Excellent
19%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 21 reviews

Tourist Information Center

Reviewed By Lara N - Takamatsu, Japan

I have traveled a lot in Japan, and this was one of the least friendly information centers I have stopped at. Though I speak fluent Japanese, the staff barely answered questions, only waving hands to indicate the brochures I was requesting. There are plenty of decent resources available in the center, but be prepared to find them on your own. Local English travel guides were conspicuously absent from the selection available on the counter.

8. Osake Jinja Shrine

1297 Sakoshi, Ako 678-0172, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-43-6839
Excellent
10%
Good
70%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Osake Jinja Shrine

Reviewed By MMMMOK - Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

坂越港から徒歩でJR坂越駅に向かう際、通り掛かったので参拝しました。鳥居から参道を通って"山門"に向かいました。その"山門"は、寺院でよく見かける建物然としており、パンフレットによると"随神門(仁王門)"と呼ぶそうです。外側には、"右大臣左大臣の随神"と境内側には、"仁王像"があり神仏習合の名残だそうです。
正面には、拝殿と本殿があり大祭には、大賑わいしそうに感じました。拝殿横には船渡御に用いられていた"楽船"が展示されていました。
猶、直ぐ向かいの坂越湾に浮かぶ"生島"には、"御旅所"と"船倉"がありますが、島には渡れず対岸から見るだけです。

9. Ikitsugi Square

Kariya, Ako 678-0239, Hyogo Prefecture
Excellent
5%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
60%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 17 reviews

Ikitsugi Square

Reviewed By たぬきおやじ - Tokyo, Japan

時間的に可能であれば 毎時00(09:00~)に訪問することをお薦めします、毎時00になると 陣太鼓音が鳴り、からくり時計(通称:義士あんどん)がスタートしますので。時間的には 3分程度で 驚くほどの仕掛けはありませんが、JR播州赤穂駅から散策スタートする場合 忠臣蔵気分にさせてくれるトリガになります。からくり時計の形が行燈型になっているのは 大石内蔵助良雄の《昼行燈》と呼ばれた点からと思います。又 二つの家紋があり、右手は浅野家;丸に違い鷹の羽、左手は大石家;右二つ巴、台座には歌川国貞の義士を描いた錦絵があります。

10. Sakoshi Machinamikan

1446-2 Sakoshi, Ako 678-0172, Hyogo Prefecture +81 791-48-7770
Excellent
11%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Sakoshi Machinamikan

Reviewed By MMMMOK - Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

坂越の観光案内所と資料館を兼ねたような施設です。昔の銀行だった建物を再利用しているそうで、レトロ感一杯の建物です。オフィス内には観光パンフレット類と名所を紹介した写真等が飾られていました。真冬で時期が悪かった所為か、他に利用者がいませんでした。

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