Hyogo Prefecture

Kansai region

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About Hyogo
Region:Kansai
Island:Honshu
Capital:Kobe
Population:5,588,133
Area:8,400.90 sq. km

One of Japan’s first international ports, significant foreign influences made Kobe, Hyogo’s capital, a city not like many others in Japan - it has a Chinatown, while many Western-style residences of foreigners during the Meiji Period are still preserved in the Kitano district. Arima Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest hot springs, while the view from Mount Maya is absolutely marvelous.

Outside of Kobe, other tourist spots in Hyogo include the spectacular Himeji Castle and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Go take in a show by the famous Takarazuka Revue, or if you’re visiting in August, see the dramatic Koshien High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium as well.

Things to Do in Hyogo

Cities in Hyogo
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The Takedao Abandoned Railway Hike

Hiking through dark tunnels and abandoned train tracks.

Tour of Mount Rokko

Introducing the special Rokko-san tourist pass!

Cafe Kantokotoro in Southern Kobe

Hidden gem near Maiko Station & Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Mount Shosha

The Highest Peak in Himeji

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Cascading Japanese Plum Blossoms

Murakami-tei at Awajishima is open for viewing

Beautiful flowers. Really awesome clicks

The White Heron Castle of Himeji

Travel back in time in this beautiful original castle

Thank you! That's my goal any time I'm taking photos, especially at historic locations like Himeji Castle, so it's nice to hear when I'm successful. :)

Kinosaki Marine World

Not just an aquarium - it's a marine life experience!

Thanks! Since I have 3 kids, I've been to my fair share of aquariums. This was definitely one of the best.

Izanagi Jingu Shrine

The oldest shrine in Japan

I hope you have a chance to visit there. It's a very nice place!