Hyogo

About Hyogo

With 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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Sights in Hyogo

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Naruto Whirlpools Cruise

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This 20-minute cruise takes visitors to see the Naruto whirlpools in Tokushima. They occur along the Shikoku coast of the Naruto Strait, and are created by wate

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Japan-Mongolia Folk Museum

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The Japan-Mongolia Folk Museum is a museum in Hyogo prefecture that introduces the culture and history of Mongolia and its people.

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Hyogo Prefectural Maruyamagawa Park

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Located across the Maruyama River from Kinosaki Onsen, this outdoor activity center consists of many different facilities. Several exhibitions are held througho

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Kinosaki Onsen

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Kinosaki Onsen is a 1300 year-old hot spring town located in the Kansai area, famous for its fine water quality.

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Hotels in Hyogo

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Tomiya

Hotel in Hyogo

Tomiya offers accommodation in Yumura, and features a reserved private hot spring bath at a fee. Each room at this ryokan is air conditioned and is fitted with

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Sento Otani Hotel

Hotel in Hyogo

Offering simple guest rooms with a river view and free WiFi, Sento Otani Hotel is located in a Kinosaki hot spring town, a 7-minute walk from JR Kinosaki Onsen

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Auberge Toyooka 1925

Hotel in Hyogo

Set in Toyooka, 13 km from Kinosaki Marine World, Auberge Toyooka 1925 features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is avai

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Fugetsugyosho

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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Fugetsugyosho offers accommodation in Toyooka. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is ava

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Ako Onsen Shokichi

Hotel in Hyogo

Located in Nakahiro, 46 km from Okayama, Ako Onsen Shokichi features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. All room

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Kasenkyo Izutsuya

Hotel in Hyogo

Set in Yumura in the Hyogo Region, 24 km from Tottori, Kasenkyo Izutsuya features a seasonal outdoor pool and hot spring bath. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

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Himeji

Neighborhood in Hyogo

Himeji, the second largest city in Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe, is most famous for its UNESCO World Heritage castle, which is a beautiful example of feudal arch

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