Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Himeji Castle
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    4.5
    5323 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    Also known as the White Heron Castle, this shining white castle is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Structures such as the castle tower built in the early Edo period still stand today, and these are also registered as National treasures and national Important Cultural Properties. One of the most prominent theories is that the castle was originally erected as a fort by Akamatsu Sadanori in 1346. Ikeda Terumasa began renovating the castle when he became the lord of the castle after the Battle of Sekigahara, expanding it into the expansive compound seen today. The castle tower is located in the southeast corner of the foundation. The castle looks to be composed of five tiers from the outside and internally is comprised of six floors above ground and one subterranean level. The castle shining a blinding white in the light of the sun is truly a beautiful sight.

    All I can say is WOW! Amazing place. There are a lot of steep stairs to climb so its not for everyone. Incredible to think that this was built in the 1600s. A truly amazing place.

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1937 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Higashikawasakichou 1
    A variety of entertainment facilities stand side by side in Kobe Harborland, including stores, restaurants, amusement attractions, and hotels. A stroll through the area gazing out over the sea in daytime is pleasant, but the illuminated nightscape is also fun to enjoy. On weekends, a flea market and numerous other events are held here as well.

    Super on a summer day. You can find many places to eat out on the extensive decks. There is an indoor shopping mall as well. See the novelty mechanical clock. There are cruises including night dinner...

  • Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet
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    4.0
    571 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Koududai 7-3
    Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet is representative of an outlet mall in Kobe and is located inside the precinct of Kobe Research Park Kozudai in Kita Ward, Kobe. This outlet’s modern and open design is modeled on Pasadena, an exclusive residential area in the outskirts of Los Angeles city. The outlet mall boasts of being the second largest in Japan, and many shoppers visit the restaurants and the roughly 210 high class brand shops from Japan and around the world which are lined up within the mall. Also there are a lot of nature and sightseeing spots located in the outskirts such as Arima Hot Springs and Kobe Fruit & Flower Park, and you can enjoy it together with shopping.

    I always though that Rinku is the outlet store for Osaka. Then I heard abour Kobe Sanda outlet which is same distance but has more exclusive brands like Prada, Montblanc, Tumi and other. Ialso has...

  • Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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    4.5
    679 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koushienchou 1-82
    This baseball stadium is in Koshien Town, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture and is the headquarters of the professional baseball team the “Hanshin Tigers.” It is also used as the site for the two major national high school baseball competitions, the “Japanese High School Baseball Championship” held in summer and the “Japanese High School Baseball Invitational Tournament” held in spring. While it features single-layer type stands, it has the largest capacity of any baseball stadium in Japan. The “Koshien Museum,” which introduces the history of the stadium and the Tigers as well as high school baseball, is a popular attraction, as are the stadium tours. There's plenty of original food as well, and the jumbo grilled chicken skewers, Koshien curry, and Koshien fried soba are famous.

    If you have never been to a Japanese baseball game you are missing a great time and this stadium adds to the event. The home team has cheerleaders and plays music for every hitter. The stadium is...

  • Samurai Residence of the Kaminoyama Domain
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    4.5
    1110 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This is a Japanese garden in Himeji City. The gardens were opened in 1992 and make the best use of the ruins of the samurai residence at Himeji Castle Nishioyashiki-ato. The gardens are on grounds of approximately 3.3 hectare and command a view of the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle—and the gardens contains a group of nine different types of garden such as “The garden of the Lord’s residence” which has a large pond that is home to 250 colourful carp and a waterfall. The gardens are also used as a location for historical dramas as the gardens have scenery reminiscent of the Edo period such as the Tsuiji wall (mud wall with a tiled roof) and the Yashiki-mon Gate. It is well known as a site famed for its autumn leaves, and also holds an illumination during the season.

    Make sure to get the combination ticket for both Koko-en and the castle, it is well worth the extra 50 yen and both attractions are highly worth visiting. I came to the gardens after the castle and...

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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    4.5
    604 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimaminamimachi 7-1-9
    An all-weather theme park located on Port Island in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Its predecessor was the Kobe Flower and Bird Garden, a facility which brought guests in contact with flowers and birds. The park contains numerous greenhouses and outdoor exhibition spaces where tropical flowers bloom in profusion. Numerous varieties of animals and birds are also allowed to roam the park freely, or can be view up close in special exhibits. Visitors can enjoy getting close to and even feeding rare birds, capybara, alpacas, and penguins. The impressive bird show and dog performances are a must-see. The park’s seasonal buffet can be enjoyed by all ages, from children to senior citizens, making it well-received with families.

    Really fun experience, much better than we expected. We needed something fun for our son who has been a trooper the past few days. This was really great. There are a few animals who look a bit...

  • Ikuta Shrine
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    4.0
    825 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 1-2-1
    This is a shrine located in Kobe City. The shrine has a history of more than 1,800 years dating back to the time of Empress Jingu, and its founding is also noted in the “Nihon Shoki” (second oldest book of classical Japanese history). It is famous as a shrine which brings love to a happy conclusion, and is also famous for marriage and prayers for easy childbirth; the shrine is fondly known by the pet name of “Ikuta San”. The vermilion-lacquered columns of the tower gate and the main shrine are impressive, so the shrine is also popular as a ceremonial hall for Shinto weddings. Many worshipers visit throughout the year and flock to the temple for the first shrine visit of the New year.

    We had lunch a Mouriya Honten and enjoyed our Kobe beef for lunch. It was expensive but Kobe beef is known all over the world. The Ikuta Shrine was just a short walk from Mouriya Honten. We saw a...

  • Kobe Oji Zoo
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    4.0
    641 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Oujichou 3-1
    This is a zoo in Oji Park and is located about three minutes on foot from Oji-koen Station on the Hankyu Line. In addition to the zoo being in the park, there are also such facilities as Zoological Science Museum, an amusement park, restaurants, shops, and Kobe’s Ijinkan, Former Hunter’s residence, so you can spend a full day enjoying it all. One of the highlights is looking at the animals being fed or trained such as being able to see the panda in accordance with the time schedule. Also, during petting time you can have a cute rabbit or a guinea pig on your lap, and you can take a picture with them.

    This zoo is located near the Hankyu Oji park station. And entrance fee is very reasonable. Now it’s the last chance to see panda bear TanTan. Here not rare animal except TanTan. But not clouded and...

  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
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    4.0
    379 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Wakamiyachou 1-3-5
    This is an aqua park in Suma Kaihin Park about five minutes on foot from JR Sumakaihinkoen Station. The aqua park opened in 1957. It is loved by the citizens of Kobe who have given it the nickname of “Smasui”, and the aqua park celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. Located in an area as one enters the park, straight away one will come across such animals as sharks and ray leisurely swimming in large tanks. Besides that, there are also plenty of programs for children up to adults which enable you to experience sea creatures up close such as a commentary and a demonstration of feeding the sea otters and a live show where you can have contact with true seals and bottlenose dolphins.

    Given its relatively small size, this is a very nice aquarium. There’s an entertaining dolphin show for the kids, a good selection of fish and marine creatures, and generally a well thought-out...

  • Roadside Station Uzushio
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    4.0
    273 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 947-22
    This road station is on Prefectural Route 237 Fukurahei, Minami Awaji City. Its gift shop sells souvenirs and specialty items like dressing made with the renowned Awaji Island onions, and their restaurant offers set meals, rice bowls, and multi-course fare featuring Awaji beef and local seafood including Awaji Island Sannen Torafugu (three-year tiger puffer fish). The Awajishima Onion Kitchen serves their Awaji Island Onion Beef Burger and onion soft serve ice cream.

    How does a tourist information center get such high marks? When it is located right on the tip of Awaji Island, looking across the water to Shikoku island. Where you can at the right time of day...

  • Kinosaki Marine World
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    4.5
    295 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Toyokashi Seto 1090
    "This aquarium is in Seto, Toyooka City. At 12 meters, its main tank is the deepest in the country. They also have a play area for the seals and sea lions, an area that lets you see dolphins up close, and an amphitheater for shows. Programs let you feed the fish at their Fish Dance attraction, interact with dolphins, get close to the animals with a ""Backyard Tour,"" and make and eat tempura with horse mackerel you catch yourself. "

    Very good size for a half day trip to see the shows. Check the show schedule before you visit. A bit cold in winter.

  • Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture
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    4.0
    237 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Nakaichiriyama 1-1
    A tourism-oriented farm located on Mt. Rokko in Kobe’s Nada Ward designed to resemble an old fashioned European farm situated amidst the Alps. Visitors can interact with sheep, goats, miniature pigs, milk cows, and horses as well as feed them. The farm’s exciting sheep dog show and tethered pony rides are particularly popular with children. Visitors can also watch Kobe cheese being made in the Rokkosan QBB Cheese Museum as well as try making ice cream and butter. Visitors are sure to have a fulfilling and refreshing time at this remarkable farm surrounded by natural beauty.

    We spent half a day at this farm where we met sheeps, pigs, horses and cows. The sheets were left to roam around freely which is nice and makes a lovely scene. It was a cool comfortable day with the...

  • HAKUTSURU Sake Brewery Museum
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    4.0
    276 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Sumiyoshiminamimachi 4-5-5
    This sake brewery museum is located in Kobe City. The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery which was built in the Taisho period is being used in its original form. Exhibitions on display in the museum include materials related to the brewing of “sake” (Japanese rice wine), tools actually used in the process of sake brewing and an exhibition of dummies that recreate the details of making sake in accordance with old-fashioned manufacturing processes. The process of making refined sake is introduced in a way which is easy to understand from washing the rice, introduction of “koji” (malted rice) to the filling of casks. There is also a free sake tasting corner and a shop.

    Very near to Roko island, one can do This tour by taking the local train for around 210 yen and then Walking to the sake brewery. The info regarding sake making was clear and explained in concise...

  • Itami Sky Park
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    4.5
    252 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Morimoto 7-1-1
    "A park located right next to the ""Itami Sky Park Kamisuko"" bus stop and a 10-minute drive from the Toyonaka-kita exit on the Hanshin Expressway Ikeda Route. Inside the park's central building, there are exhibits on area ruins dating back to the distant Yayoi period (B.C.300-250) as well as an actual air traffic control radar system. The park is planted with trees from the prefectures reachable from the nearby Osaka International Airport and from the Sky Terrace visitors can watch planes taking off and landing with their own eyes or using provided monitors. In the spring, a hill in the park blooms with some 14 thousand azalea plants, and, at night, another hill sparkles with LED's arranged in the shape of constellations."

    We brought our kids there and there was a nice playground for them, plus a good view of incoming and outgoing airplanes. Perhaps a food vendor or two would make it even more complete, especially on...

  • Rokko Garden Terrace
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    4.0
    204 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Gokaiyama 1877-9
    A multipurpose facility located on Mt. Rokko, a tourist destination popular for its view of the nearby cityscape at night situated in Kobe’s Nada Ward. The facility hosts a café, restaurants, and shops centering around a grand viewing terrace. The area around the viewing tower is filled with quaint European-style buildings, creating a fairy tale-like atmosphere. Sights such as the streets of Kobe and the Akashi Strait can be viewed from various areas throughout the facility and visitors can enjoy different aspects of the area depending on the location, time of day, and season. The mesh domed Rokko-Shidare Observatory viewing area is lit up at night and is a must-see.

    Stunning views from the terrace. I would absolutely recommend visiting here in the evening to appreciate the views the most.

  • Roadside Station Awaji
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Iwaya 1873-1
    "This roadside station is about five minutes by car from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Awaji Interchange at the northernmost point of Awaji Island. Its souvenir shop offers lots of items that can only be purchased there. They have local craft beer, Awaji grown onions and other produce, and prepared onion products like dressing and onion chips. Their Kaisen-kan Eatery has lots of rice bowls, including raw shirasu baby sardines on rice and grilled conger eel on rice. The ""Awa be-"" shop offers hearty burgers packed with lots of Awaji beef."

    何といってもロケーションが最高。明石海峡や明石・垂水方面を見ながら店外のフリースペースでご飯をいただきます。おさかな共和国えびす丸で海鮮丼と海鮮漬け丼を購入して密を避けるため店外へ。店外のフリースペースの座席もかなりあります。天気も良く暖かかったので最高でした。お弁当を持参してのんびりするのもいいのでは?ぼーっと海や橋を見るだけでもOK。平日でも駐車場がほぼ満車でしたので、今から暖かくなる休日はか...

  • Awaji Yumebutai
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    4.0
    200 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 2
    This leisure complex is in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. Designed by the architect Tadao Ando, as a whole it forms a unique, dynamic Kaiyu style, Japanese style garden with a path around a central pond. It hosted the Japan Flora 2000 international flower, gardening and landscape exhibition. The elaborate gardens feature the Hyakudan-en, a hundred stepped flower bed where guests can enjoy seasonal flowers year-round. The lookout has a view of the grounds and Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park. They have three restaurants serving Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, and two shops where you can purchase Awaji Island souvenirs. It's wheelchair accessible, pet friendly, and fun for the whole family.

    What a fabulous use of space. The flowers were gorgeous and the stairs that allow you to walk among them is such a great idea! Really worth walking around and listening to the water running down the...

  • MITSUI OUTLET PARK MARINE PIA KOBE
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    4.0
    229 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Tarumi-ku Kaigan-dori 12-2
    Built in 1999, this was Kobe's first full-fledged outlet mall. It's on the coast overlooking Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. The mall has about 130 stores with boutiques and both international and domestic brands. Free and convenient shuttle buses run daily from JR Tarumi Station and Sanyo Tarumi Station. Besides the locals, the popular mall sees customers come from as far away as Osaka, Okayama, and Shikoku.

    Marine Pia Kobe is an outlet park near JR/Sanyo Tarumi station, and there is a free shuttle bus service. It is however possible to walk from Tarumi (15~20 minutes). The outlet is much similar to...

  • Head shrine of the Ebisu sect of Shinto, Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    257 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Shakechou 1-17
    "This is the head shrine of the Shinto lineage dedicated to the god Ebisu. It's about a five-minute walk southwest from the south exit of Hyogo Prefecture's Nishinomiya Station on Hanshin Electric Railway's Main Line. Locally called ""Nishinomiya-no-Ebessan,"" its primary deities include Ebisu Okami and Amaterasu Omikami. Features include a large front gate called the ""Red Gate"" that was supposedly consecrated by Toyotomi Hideyori, the main shrine dedicated in 1663 by the fourth shogun Ietsuna, and Ebisu-no-Mori, a grove covering a portion of the precincts. The grove is a Prefectural Natural Treasure and the main shrine is a National Treasure. Events include the Toka Ebisu Festival and the shrine's main annual festival, as well as the famous Kaimon Shinji Fukuotoko Erabi ritual (an annual race to determine the year's lucky man) that draws a huge crowd every year."

    Ive been on the busiest night and the crowd is massive. Its all fun but might be a bit of a struggle for anyone with young children, the aged or infirm. Lots of colorful and interesting sights. I...

  • Izanagi Jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    207 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Taga 740
    "This Shinto shrine is Japan's oldest and is dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami, the husband and wife gods stated to have created Japan according to the ancient ""Kojiki"" and ""Nihon shoki."" This shrine is also the only high status imperial ""jingu"" shrine in Hyogo Prefecture. A split ""husband and wife"" giant camphor tree on the grounds is 900 years old and believed to grant worshippers such blessings as matrimonial happiness, easy childbirth, and luck in finding love and marriage. Each month on the 22nd, the shrine is specially opened to visitors at night, and the main shrine and torii gate are lit up, while candles along the approach to the shrine create a magical atmosphere. During the cherry blossoming season, the shrine lights up its cherry trees at night and holds a ""Sakura Kairo Museum"" event with stage performances."

    We drove from Somoto where we stayed. Upon arrival, two carpark were available. Maybe it was Sunday, some ceremonial event tajen place. We strolled along the side entrance since we parked our car...

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Hyogo prefecture stretches from the north coast to the south coast on the western end of the popular Kansai region, encompassing verdant mountains, urban beaches, and fantastic historical sights. The prefecture's main attractions lie along the south coast at Kobe, the prefectural capital, a pretty harbor city best known for its production of the renowned Kobe beef, and Himeji, the home of Himeji Castle, one of the country's most beautifully preserved feudal castles, perched magically atop a hill.

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