HyogoWith a nationally famous baseball team, two coasts on two different seas, and a high-class type of beef named after its capital, Hyogo is a prefecture of many talents. When travelling the Kansai area, Hyogo should definitely be a must-see on your itinerary.
Originally part of 5 other provinces, Hyogo is now one of Kansai’s major prefectures with a large steel production industry, and a bustling port known as Kobe. After the 1995 Earthquake that struck the Kansai area, centered in Hyogo, Kobe was restructured and modernized into the powerhouse that it is today. About a thousand years ago, the Emperor lived in Hyogo for about 5 months too!
There is also a huge sports culture surrounding baseball on the high school and professional levels. The nationally famous Koshien stadium is in Kobe, where the Japanese High School Baseball Championship (Known as, of course, Koshien) is held. It also holds the national American College American Football championships as well. Ever heard of Hanshin Tigers? Their hometown is Hyogo, and their home stadium? Koshien, of course. If you’re a fan of Baseball, or Football, or even Rugby, Kobe is a point of interest.
Want to get your grub on? Hyogo is definitely the place, especially if you are in to foods that you wouldn’t find outside of Japan. Oden, Sobameshi, Akashiyaki, and Butaman are all foods from Hyogo that are also popular all around Japan. Oden and Butaman are especially delicious on those cold winter nights, when you want to warm up with a filling meal. And of course, we can’t forget about the king of beefs: Kobe Beef.
And of course, the sights. Himeji Castle, Japan’s most frequently visited castle, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is in Himeji, Hyogo. If you’re into onsen, Kinosaki Onsen is a Onsen town lined with places to stay and public bath houses, and is one of Japan’s most famous onsen destinations. The Takeda castle ruins are also known as “The Castle in the Sky”, and is especially beautiful when there are clouds surrounding it.
Places to visit in Hyogo
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Mt. Maya Kikusei-Dai
The Mt. Maya lookout was selected as one of Japan's big three night views, and the spectacle is outstanding.
Kinosaki Onsen is a 1300 year-old hot spring town located in the Kansai area, famous for its fine water quality.
Arima Onsen Hot Spring Town
Arima Onsen is a hot spring town in the North of Kobe, located right by the Arimaonsen Station.
Kobe City Museum
The Kobe City Museum is located South of the Kyukyoryuchidaimaru-mae subway station.
Kobe Earthquake Memorial Museum
Created in the aftermath of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, this earthquake and disaster prevention museum is based in Kobe. The museum offers programs for visitors to learn from the experience and lessons of that event and even includes a special, separ
Rokko Garden Terrace
This area at the top of Mt. Rokko includes cafes, restaurants and accessory shops, as well as an observatory. The Rokko Garden Terrace offers visitors a panorama from the Kansai International Airport to Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
Hotel Ritz Koshien
Hotel Ritz Koshien offers accommodation in Nishinomiya. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV and blu-ray player. You will find a kettle in the room.
Awajishima Kanko Hotel
Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring bath, Awajishima Kanko Hotel is situated in the Sumoto Onsen district in Sumoto, 1.2 km from Ohama Beach. Free private parking is available on site.
Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei
Set in the woods by Mount Kuruhi, Hotel Shogetsutei is 5 minutes from Kinosaki-Onsen Train Station on the free shuttle. It features beautiful outdoor hot-spring baths and a spa.
Boasting outdoor hot spring baths and gourmet Japanese multi-course meals, Hitomaru Kadan is chic Japanese-style accommodation offering free property-wide Wi-Fi. Parking is available for free.
Guests can relax at indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths at Hotel Kinparo, located in the Kinosaki hot-spring area. Each Japanese-style room features ocean views and free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby area.
Right next to JR Himeji Train Station, Nikko Himeji features a fitness centre with indoor pool, massage services and a 15th-floor bar. Rooms have free wired internet, a minibar and a flat-screen satellite TV.
Takarazuka Washington Hotel
Featuring a shabu-shabu restaurant, hot-spring bath and sauna, Washington Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Hankyu Takarazuka Train Station. Rooms have free internet and a private bathroom with bathtub.