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.
Kobe City Museum
The Kobe City Museum is located South of the Kyukyoryuchidaimaru-mae subway station.
Arima Onsen Hot Spring Town
Arima Onsen is a hot spring town in the North of Kobe, located right by the Arimaonsen 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
Meriken Park is located in the port area of Kobe and includes a memorial to the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995.
Chisun Inn Himeji Yumesakibashi
Simply furnished rooms with a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and wood desk are provided at Chisun Sun Yumesakibashi, a 20-minute drive from Himeji Castle. A daily Japanese breakfast is offered.
Toyooka Sky Hotel
A short 5-minute walk from JR Toyooka Station, the Toyooka Sky Hotel offers compact yet functional accommodation with free WiFi access. Guests can make a 15-minute drive to the Kinosaki Onsen area and relax in the hot spring.
Nagisa-no-Sho Hanagoyomi offers spacious Japanese-style rooms with spectacular sea views, some of which boast a terrace and private outdoor hot spring bath. It features a restaurant, a sauna and free Wi-Fi. Massage treatments are
Hotel Himeji Plaza
Only a 2-minute walk from JR Himeji Train Station, Himeji Plaza Hotel features accommodations with free wired internet access. Guests can soak in the spacious public baths and relax in the sauna rooms.
Hotel Pearl City Kobe
Hotel Pearl City Kobe is within 500 metres from Minami Koen Train Station and the Minami Park. A free 2-way shuttle to JR Sannomiya Train Station and JR Shin-Kobe Train Station is provided. The hotel features a restaurant and room
Himeji Castle Grandvrio Hotel
Re-opened in December 2014 after a thorough renovation, Castle Grandvrio Hotel is a 5-minute ride from JR Himeji Train Station on the free shuttle. It boasts public hot spring baths, hot tubs and relaxing massage services.
Yumesenkei Besso Amahara
Yumesenkei Besso Amahara offers spacious rooms with sea views and a private outdoor hot spring bath. The spa hotel features a spa, a tennis court and bicycle rentals. The elegant rooms at Amahara Besso overlook the Seto Inland Se