Hyogo

  •  Nada no Kenka Matsuri

    Nada no Kenka Matsuri

    Hyogo History Festivals・Events

    This festival is held every October in Shirahama, Himeji, at the Matsubara Hachiman Shrine. See a soul-stirring religious ceremony featuring a parade of floats before the shrine and hall of worship, and the clashing together of festival floats. Last year a Thai TV station came to film the event, and a Hong Kong magazine also came to report on it. Interest about the festival from overseas is growing.

    Location:

    Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Awaichi

    Awaichi

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes

    Cycle around Awaji Island. In recent years, cycling has become very popular, and more people than ever are enjoying cycling on Awaji Island. Hyogo Prefecture has created eight different cycling courses that can be found on the Awaji Island Cycling Map, that run from an easy 20km run, to a 150km route that circles the entire island. Among cycling fans, it is becoming a highly-rated course along with the "Biwaichi" course around Lake Biwa.

    Location:

    Sumoto City, Minami Awaji City, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Banshu Chikusa Tesuki Washi Kobo

    Banshu Chikusa Tesuki Washi Kobo

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology

    Chikusa has been a producer of a kind of washi paper called Harimagami since the Nara period. Currently, there is just one shop in the town that continues to make washi paper today, but the high quality paper can only be made in this place with its well-preserved natural surroundings. The shop continues to maintain tradition, passing down skills through the ages.

    Location:

    Shiso City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Kobe Anpanman Museum/Mall

    Kobe Anpanman Museum/Mall

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes

    This spring, the first theme park in West Japan to feature the anime hero loved by Japanese children, Anpanman, opened in Kobe. Children can play on the colorful playground equipment, and eat special limited edition bread and snacks shaped like the anime characters at the food court. There are plenty of Anpanman-themed souvenirs available, and it's a spot the whole family can enjoy. The facility is located near Kobe's bay area, and there are also other shopping malls nearby.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Castle in the Sky  Takeda Castle Ruins (Wadayama, Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

    Castle in the Sky Takeda Castle Ruins (Wadayama, Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

    Hyogo Nature History

    Takeda Castle Ruins, the Castle in the Sky of Hyogo Prefecture's Asago City is known as the Machu Picchu of Japan. This photo of the castle ruins was taken from the castle ruins atop the mountain path. The view from the castle ruins is so different from most Japanese scenery that it will make the viewer think, "Is this really Japan?" The vast view is truly breathtaking. It is a place worth a visit.

    Location:

    Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Kobe Umi no Bon Odori (held in Meriken Park)

    Kobe Umi no Bon Odori (held in Meriken Park)

    Hyogo Festivals・Events

    This Bon Odori Festival, one of the largest in the Kansai area, is a stage for the live performance of Japan's many traditional folk songs, and it is held at a spot that features Kobe's famous night view. The Bon Odori contest pits teams against each other for teamwork and skill, and there are also many shop stalls with an international flavor. People participate from around the world, and visitors are welcomed into the dance circle, heating up the night at Meriken Park, and coloring it with many brilliant hues. Bring your friends and family along to this event!

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Infiorata Kobe

    Infiorata Kobe

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes Festivals・Events

    This flower-focused event is held in the Chuo ward of Kobe, including Sannomiya Higashi, Motomachi Anamon, Nishi Motomachi, Kitanozaka venues. Infiorata is an Italian word that means "blanket with flowers". Farmers in places like Tonami City, Toyama Prefecture, provide flower petals that have been picked in order to grow bulbs, and the unneeded petals are recycled in order to create beautiful flower pictures.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology

    The magnificence of the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi. The length of the space between the pillars on the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi is the longest in the world. There are many places to view the elegance of the bridge's shape, and at night when it is lit-up, but the best place to truly experience the size of the bridge and the fusion of nature and the massive man-made architectural structure, is the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Park directly adjacent to the bridge. It also has historical appeal, and is an ideal addition to a new one hundred Kansai views. (There is also a tour where visitors can experience a 360 degree panoramic view from the top of the bridge's pillar at Bridge World from April to November (every week from Thursday to Sunday, and on Holidays))

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Suma Beach

    Suma Beach

    Hyogo Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    This beautiful beach with white sand and green pines, is a recreation zone loved by many, and as it is the closest swimming beach to the Osaka-Kobe area it is busy with tourists and beach huts every summer. It also holds many events such as the beach volleyball tournament, and it is popular with the younger generation as well as families. Surf music giants The Beach Boys even wrote a song about this beach, called Sumahama.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Tetsujin 28-go Statue, Three Kingdoms Garden

    Tetsujin 28-go Statue, Three Kingdoms Garden

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes

    This actual-sized monument (18 meters tall) is based on the popular Japanese manga/anime "Tetsujin 28-go" and is a popular photo spot with young people. Nearby find the "Three Kingdoms Garden" an exhibition hall based on the Chinese legend, Three Kingdoms.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology Food

    The Nada-Gogo in Kobe City is one of the greatest sake brewing districts in Japan. The foundation of sake produced by the Nada-Gogo is Yamada Nishiki rice, a rice variety ideal for brewing sake, and Miyamizu water, a hard water discovered in the early half of the 19th century. Embark on a tasting tour of some of the more than 30 breweries that together produce about a third of all the sake made in Japan.

    Location:

    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Sasayama Castle Ruins, and Traditional Merchant Houses of Kawaramachi-Tsumairi

    Sasayama Castle Ruins, and Traditional Merchant Houses of Kawaramachi-Tsumairi

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes

    Feel the atmosphere of an earlier era. Visit the ruins of Sasayama Castle, built in 1609 by order of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The Kawaramachi-Tsumairi group of merchant houses presents scenery of a town that prospered as a center of commerce after the castle was built.

    Location:

    Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Wisteria in Byakugo-ji Temple, Tanba City

    Wisteria in Byakugo-ji Temple, Tanba City

    Hyogo Nature

    Wisterias are seasonal flowers, blossoming at Byakugo-ji Temple between late April and mid-May. They create quite a spectacle as they hang down in a shower of flowers. Autumn, with its vivid fall colors, also offers wonderful scenery at this temple.

    Location:

    Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Awaji Yumebutai

    Awaji Yumebutai

    Hyogo Nature Facilities・Townscapes

    Designed by the architect Tadao Ando, Awaji Yumebutai is a charming leisure and resort facility containing hothouses, flower beds, gardens and more, all based on the theme “Flowers and Greenery.” Complete with a panorama-view restaurant, outdoor theater, resort hotel and other facilities, Yumebutai lacks nothing in terms of comfort and entertainment.

    Location:

    Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  SPring-8

    SPring-8

    Hyogo Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology

    SPring-8 is a large-scale synchrotron radiation facility with diameter of about 450 meters and circumference of some 1,500 meters. Delivering the world’s most powerful synchrotron radiation, the facility can be used for research into diverse areas, including nanotechnology and biotechnology. The Exhibition Hall is freely open to the public. Guided tours of the site are also offered.

    Location:

    Sayo (Town), Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Seto Inland Sea, viewed from the Ako Onsen District

    Seto Inland Sea, viewed from the Ako Onsen District

    Hyogo Nature

    Ako Misaki is a richly varied and picturesque area offering views of a coastline with fantastically shaped rocks, jointed cliffs and beaches. Shodo Island and a group of islands known as Ieshima Shoto can be seen out to sea. The setting sun, throwing light over the coastline and islands, presents a wonderful and ever-popular spectacle.

    Location:

    Ako City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Awaji Ningyo Joruri

    Awaji Ningyo Joruri

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes

    Awaji Ningyo Joruri, a narrative puppet theater art accompanied by shamisen music, is a traditional performing art with a history of over 500 years. This performing art is presented every day in its own theater. Each puppet has three people operating it, displaying skills that result from many years of training. Encounter an aspect of culture and history unique to Awaji.

    Location:

    Minamiawaji City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Five million daffodils in Nadakuroiwa Daffodil Park

    Five million daffodils in Nadakuroiwa Daffodil Park

    Hyogo Nature

    Lovely wild daffodils bloom all over a steep slope facing the Pacific Ocean. The sight of so many yellow flowers swaying simultaneously to ocean winds is truly breathtaking. Seen only from January to February, the daffodils are a bit of natural winter poetry on Awaji Island.

    Location:

    Minamiawaji City, Hyogo Prefecture

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