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Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki is an onsen hot spring town located in Hyogo's Toyooka area, centred around a picturesque, willow-lined canal. It is a popular getaway destination for those looking to relax and unwind. The town is famous for its seven famous hot springs, which attracts visitors from across Japan and in..

Himeji

Himeji

Himeji is Hyogo Prefecture's second largest city by population and has been the center of the historical Harima Province for over a thousand years. It is most famous for its history as a castle town and the location of Himeji Castle, one of Japan's most famous World Heritage Sites. Himeji is..

Kobe

Kobe

Kobe is the fifth largest city in Japan and the capitol of Hyogo Prefecture. Its long history as a port city, concentration of multi-national companies, and reputation as a cosmopolitan city make it a popular tourist destination in the Kansai Region. Kobe is bordered by Osaka Bay to the south and Mo..

Dining

Meriken Hatoba - Kobe Beef

Meriken Hatoba - Kobe Beef

If you’re going to Kobe, then you’re going to be trying the world-famous Kobe beef. That’s a given. The harder question becomes: where? Covering the region are restaurants brightly advertising the city’s specialty, with a wide..

Yoi Mise in Toyooka

Yoi Mise in Toyooka

This little soba noodle shop is located in the holy land for soba lovers, Toyooka (豊岡市) in Hyogo Prefecture. It is easily accessed after a short drive from the center of Izushi, a castle town with traditional architecture where you can eat almos..

Sake Classification

Sake Classification

Overview Sake is classified according to the amount of the rice grain that has been polished away - the rice polishing ratio. Sake with a lower ratio (more of the grain has been polished away) is considered more premium and tends to be more expen..

Places to stay

Nishimuraya Honkan in Hyogo Prefecture

Nishimuraya Honkan in Hyogo Prefecture

Set in the rural town of Kinosaki Onsen in Hyogo's northern Tajima area, Nishimuraya Honkan stands out as a traditional and luxurious ryokan. Nishimuraya Honkan treats its guests to an unforgettable experience with the combination of Japanese sup..

Hotel Pearl City Kobe

Hotel Pearl City Kobe

Built on Port Island and very close to Kobe Airport, Hotel Pearl City Kobe is a place where making the guest feel comfortable is top priority. Opening back in 1991 as the first hotel of HMI Hotel Group's now nationwide range of hotels, ..

Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe

Seaside Hotel Maiko Villa Kobe

It was just a coincidence that we chose this hotel to stay for one night before going to Tokushima. The reason was simple, it was located at the foot of Great Akashi Strait Bridge where we would take a highway bus bound for Tokushima station. At firs..

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Nankinmachi - Kobe's Chinatown

Nankinmachi - Kobe's Chinatown

Nankinmachi, the name of the Chinatown district in Kobe, is famous not only for its cultural and historical significance, but also its status as a great tourist destination. SEEING AND DOING The primary draw to Chinatown is food, food, and more food...

Kobe Port Tower

Kobe Port Tower

The Kobe Port Tower is a widely-known landmark of Kobe City, in Hyogo Precture. The tall, red structure set beside the seashore functions both as a welcome mark to incoming visitors, and also serves as a domestic symbol of Kobe. The tower is 108 mete..

Meriken Park - Kobe

Meriken Park - Kobe

Meriken Park in Kobe is located along the waterfront. Like many parks in Japan, its use of the word “park” might seem very liberal from a Western perspective. The grassy fields and full shade trees that come to mind from that word are not..

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About hyogo

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalKobe
Population5,588,133
Area8,400.90 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.

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