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Downtown Toyooka is home to the Oriental White Stork and one of Japan's leading producers of bags

Downtown Toyooka
Toyooka City is also nick-named the “bag city” because it is Japan’s largest producer of bags. Here you can find many locally owned cafes, restaurants, and boutiques. The main street is a covered arcade that runs perpendicular from JR Toyooka Station and is where you will find various restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques and other specialty stores.
At night you can find several bars, “snack” bars and izakaya open late and filled with energetic locals out for an after work drink and a chat with friends or co-workers.
Symbols of Toyooka
Oriental White Stork - Kounotori
Oriental White Stork - Kounotori
The wild Oriental White Stork became extinct on May 25th, 1971. Prior to its extinction, efforts were being put forth to protect the species by breeding it in captivity. Nearly half a century later and through great effort, the Oriental White Stork is starting to make a come back in the wild.
You can visit the conservatory where the storks are still being bred in captivity. There is an open cage where you can view the storks up close. It is also highly recommended to visit during their feeding time when previously released storks return for a free meal.
Toyooka Bag
Toyooka Bag
Toyooka is the largest bag producer of Japan and has been producing bags for over 1,000 years. The first bags were actually baskets made of intricately woven willow. Improvements and advancements were made to the baskets by adding belts, fasteners and handles. Over time they developed into the painstakingly detailed bags of the highest quality you see today. Only bags that meet the strict criteria set by the Hyogo Precture Bag Manufacturing Union are given the trademark registration. These bags stand in par with well known French and Italian brands.
Points of Interest
Daikai Street
Daikai Street
The main street of Toyooka is a 1km covered shopping area. You can find many locally owned cafes, restaurants, bakeries, boutiques, tea shop, Japanese sweet shops and more. At night you can also find a bit of a nightlife in the izakaya and bars along Daikai and also on the surrounding streets. See details on this place
Caban Street
Caban Street
Caban Street literally meaning “bag street” is in part what its name says. Located at the end of Daikai Street, opposite end from JR Toyooka Station. At one of the eight specialty bag stores you can purchase your very own Toyooka brand bag. Each bag is of high quality and some can only be purchased here. Be sure to check out the bag vending machine for a fun little souvenir.
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Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork
Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork
A research institution and nature preserve dedicated to the breeding, protection and rehabilitation of the Oriental white stork, a Special natural Monument of Japan and Hyogo prefecture’s official bird. The park was first opened in 1999. The storks are raised, bred and trained for release into the wild in the park’s backyard away from the public. There are observation areas open to the public where you can see both wild and captive storks. There is also a nature walk through the surrounding wetlands. Inside the facilities you can also see a movie (English sub-titled) about the history of the Oriental white stork and see diagrams detailing the life cycle and habits of the Oriental white stork. Entrance to the park is free and is a fun and educational trip for all ages. See details on this attraction
Genbudo Caves Park
Genbudo Caves Park
Located on the outskirts of the city between Toyooka and Kinosaki. Genbudo Caves, called so because of the basalt (genbudo in Japanese) rocks that form the five caves. The caves are part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark. The rocks were shaped into a network of elongated multiple sided pillars, almost resembling a petrified honeycomb when the lava from nearby volcanoes spewed out and cooled. The caves were designated natural monuments in 1931 and is where Quaternary reversed polarity (reversed polarity of the earth) was first discovered in 1926 by Professor Motonori matuyama of Kyoto Imperial University.
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Access
You can get to Toyooka from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station by JR train. It is about 10 minutes from Kinosaki Onsen.
From Amanohashidate Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway it is about 1 hour.
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