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Make your own customized bag in the heart of Japan’s bag industry

Celebrate the new season with a make-your-own trip!

Toyooka Bags

There’s nothing like starting fresh in the spring with a brand-new bag over your shoulder – even more so if that bag is one of a kind. In the “bag town” of Toyooka, with its 1000-year history, you can make that happen. Toyooka’s bag industry traces its origins back to the wickerwork artisans of the Nara period. The town prospered during the Edo period as a producer of kori baskets, and with the introduction of leather and sewing machines in the early 20th century, Toyooka became Japan’s leading bag producer. Some of the city’s workshops even let you make your own bags and leather goods.

Make your own bags and leather goods

Several of Toyooka’s bag makers offer hands-on workshops where you can try bag-making yourself. Some of them are more casual, while others provide the full bag-making experience from start to finish. Workshop staff will help you as you combine materials and design to create a unique bad all your own. Give it a try and let your fashion sense run wild!

Take a stroll through the old castle town of Izushi

The former castle town of Izushi in Toyooka City is designated as an Important Group of Traditional Buildings. Crowned by the iconic Izushi Castle and the Shinkoro clock tower built in 1871, the district is full of sights to see, including Izushi Eirakukan, the Kansai region’s oldest playhouse. The checkerboard-patterned streets are lined with shops offering Toyooka bags. It’s a perfect place for window-shopping and casual sightseeing alike.

Visit the home of the endangered Oriental white stork

The Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka is a research facility dedicated to protecting and breeding the endangered birds and returning them to the wild. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in person.

Izushi soba noodles

Toyooka’s Izushi district offers some of the best soba noodles in the Kansai region. Served in five small plates and eaten with a variety of condiments, Izushi soba is a unique culinary experience.

INFORMATION

Location/Access Toyooka-shi, Hyogo-ken

About 15m by airport bus from Tajima Airport to Toyooka Station
Contact info Hyogo Prefecture Bag Industry Union
TEL0796-26-7300
https://www.toyooka-kaban.jp/

Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork
TEL0796-23-5666
http://www.stork.u-hyogo.ac.jp/

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