Daikai Street is the main street of the Toyooka downtown area. About 1km long, it runs perpendicular to JR Toyooka Station. You will find various cafes, restaurants, boutiques, gift shops, and more here. It is a great place to go shopping and try out local cuisine, and the covered sidewalks make walking here nice in any type of weather. This is also where many of Toyooka’s main festivals and events are held.
1925 is the name of an old renovated bank along Daikai Street. Here you can stay a night in the hotel, enjoy a nice lunch or dinner, have a drink in the basement bar, or purchase a sweet.
Every year on August 1st and 2nd the town holds its summer festival, Yanagi Matsuri (matsuri meaning festival). This is one of the three largest festivals in the region and has been a tradition since 1935 celebrating the area’s production of wicker baskets made from willow (yanagi), which was the start of Toyooka’s bag industry.
On the evening of August 1st local companies, groups and schools dress up in festival garb and dance up and down Daikai Street. Then in the evening the next day festival booths are set up towards Caban Street and fireworks can be viewed at night over the river.
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Daikai Street, Toyooka.
Road running perpendicular to JR Toyooka Station on the east side of the station. You can take the local train on the San’in Line to JR Toyooka Station. Daikai Street is east of the station.
Some of the shops along part of Daikai Street during the evening. The retro architecture of many buildings makes for an interesting walk starting from JR Toyooka Station. The sidewalks provide easy shopping possible during any time of the year, rain or shine.
Read more about retro architecture on Daikai Street here!