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A rural landscape shaped by history

Miki neighbors both Akashi and Kobe to the northwest. Following the city’s merger with the town of Yokawa, it became both in name and virtue the primary place of production of Yamadanishiki sakes and hardware. Historically, the area is located on the road between Saikoku or Western Japan and Kyoto, and is famous for the battles between Hideyoshi Hashiba (Hideyoshi Toyotomi) and Nagaharu Bessho, Lord of Miki-jo Castle during Japan’s years of civil war. Devastated by the Miki Wars, the town built its modern-day foundations in the hardware industry on the reconstruction efforts of the warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

How to get there - By train How to get there - By bus How to get there - By car
From Osaka
Take the Hankyu Railway from Umeda Station or the Hanshin Railway from Umeda Station to Sannomiya Station, and change to the Kobe Electric Railway… Approx. 60 min. Get off at Miki Station … Approx. 30 min.
From Himeji
Take JR from Himeji Station to Kakogawa Station and change to the Kobe Electric Railway. Get off at Mike Station … Approx. 50 min.
Take the Himeji Bus from JR Sannomiya Station … Approx. 50 min. Take the Chugoku Expressway to Yokawa IC … Approx. 30 min.
Take the Sanyo Expressway to Yokawa IC … Approx. 30 min.


1.Kobe Electric Railway Ebisu Station
2.Munemasa Sugawara Monument
A monument to Munemasa Sugawara, resident of Miki, stands in front of Ebisu Station of the Kobe Electric Railway.
3.Ebisu-jinja Shrine
The shrine is located on the eastern edge of old city district that centered on the Yunoyama-kaido Byway.
4.Yunoyama-kaido Byway
A long time ago, when laying siege to Miki-jo Castle, the General Hideyoshi Hashiba made repeated maneuvers between Miki and Yunoyama (Arima Hot Spring).
5.Miki-jo Castle Site
The site is about 3 min of foot from Uenomaru Station of the Kobe Electric Railway.
6.Miki Hardware Museum
This museum preserves and exhibits hardware products and important information on the local hardware industry.
7.Unryu-ji Temple (Besshokou Kubizuka)
After Nagaharu Bessho committed suicide, his favorite tea bowl was given to the priest of this temple for keeping.
8.Honyo-ji Temple
After the fall of Miki-jo Castle in 1580, this temple prayed that the General Hideyoshi Hashiba would leave his troops on Mt. Hirai and spare Miki from destruction.
9.Kobe Electric Railway Miki Station