In 1982, it was given its special status by the nation. The oldest building was constructed in 1691, and actual buildings from the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa Eras can be viewed here.
Takehara, the Little Kyoto of Aki
The profound townscape and townspeople culture were created from the development of salt field cultivation along the coast of the Seto Inland Sea during the Edo Era. The area flourished from salt production along with sake brewing so that this old town came to be known as the Little Kyoto of Aki. This preserved district is made up of old mercantile houses, temples & shrines and streets so that a traditional Japanese commercial town can be seen. Centering upon the main street of Honmachi Dori, there are numerous historic buildings that are open to the public along with cafés and restaurants built within the old town residences.