Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1947 Reviews
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    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.

    Nothing different from Yokohama or any other shopping district. There are some shops, and a park, but the park is mainly grass and lacks any space to sit. The place looked a bit old and sad.

  • Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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    4.5
    679 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kobe Oji Zoo
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    4.0
    641 Reviews
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    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.

    Suspending all the issues both moral and ethical that come with animals in captivity. This zoo does a pretty nice job of caring for the animals. Most of the animals are elder animals. There are...

  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
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    4.0
    379 Reviews
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    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...

  • Kinosaki Marine World
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    4.5
    298 Reviews
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    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.

  • Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
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    4.0
    323 Reviews
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    Hyogo Awaji-shi Kusumoto 3805-7
    "A renowned destination for flowers worthy of its location on the ""Island of Flowers,"" this park was established by the Hyogo Prefecture in April 1998. ""Hanasajiki"" literally means ""flower theater gallery"" and is derived from a desire that visitors will stroll among the park's flowers stretching away like a carpet and find their own ""gallery seat."" Seasonal flower fields sprawl across grounds equal to four Koshien Stadiums in size. Visitors can enjoy rapeseed and Chinese violet cress flowers in spring, spider flowers and sunflowers in summer, cosmos and salvia in autumn, and hoary stock in winter. Great effort has been put into the design of the park's flower fields in order to delight the eyes of visitors."

    We went here with my folks who were visiting and it really dies have some great views. My parents are really into painting so did some of the landscapes. They’re currently building another place so I...

  • Itami Sky Park
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    4.5
    252 Reviews
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    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...

  • KidZania Koshien
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    4.5
    259 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koushienhachibanchou 1-100 Mitsui shopping park LaLaport inside Koshien
    Located inside the commercial facility “LaLaport KOSHIEN” in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, this place offers various artisanal experiences for children. There are several pavilions sponsored by actual businesses in the facility, including veterinarians, manga artists, firefighters, fashion models, and approximately 100 jobs and services in total to choose from. Participants can earn special “Kizzo” money for trying out various jobs, and they can take the objects they create home with them. They can also use “Kizzo” to purchase actual items. Reservations are available; non-reservation tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

    My 5 years old enjoyed KidZania Koshien so much, she didnt wanna eat nor leave. Compare to KidZania Bangkok, I would say Koshien branch is 100% BETTER in detail and organisation. However, most of...

  • Rokko Garden Terrace
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    4.0
    205 Reviews
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    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.

  • Hanshin Racecourse
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Takarazuka-shi Komanocho 1-1

    I love horses and my house is so closed to the races place! Just five minutes by bike! Lose or win was not my pursue! Just watched those beautiful horses!

  • Maiko Park
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    4.0
    174 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou 2051
    A municipal park with an exotic atmosphere opened in 1900. The park is located at the foot of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge a five-minute walk from Maiko Station on the JR San'yo Main Line as well as Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. Maiko Beach is known for its spectacular white sands and green pines as well as its commanding view of Awaji Island and has been praised in poem and song since ancient times. Today, some 1,800 pines grow in a grove in the area. Various historic structures restored or rebuilt to their full glory stand on the park's grounds and are open to the public, such as the Former Residence of the Kinoshita Family, an early modern Japanese home built in the tea ceremony arbor style; and the Former Residence of Sanji Muto, a Western-style home built in the Colonial style.

    The bridge hangs over this park. Why was this park built, just to gobble up more budget? Devastating!

  • Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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    4.5
    198 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-5-2
    Located in the HAT in Kobe, this facility looks to take the lessons learned from the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995 and teach the importance of Emergency Management, natural disaster reduction, and natural disaster prevention to the 21st century and the world though a collection of documents, sources, and exhibits that will help train the youth in emergency management. In the Great Earthquake Hall on the fourth floor of the West Bldg. you can experience the terrible sights and sounds of an earthquake's destruction in the theater as well as visit a diorama of what the cityscape looked like immediately following the earthquake. There are records of the experiences of disaster victims and on the third floor of the East Bldg. there is the Threat of Wind and Water Disasters corner where you can learn about storm and flood damage. This is a popular destination for school events as well as those in training.

    This is a museum dedicated to the infamous Kobe earthquake. We have visited twice and learned something new each time. I highly recommend a visit.

  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kyoumachi 24
    Located in Kobe City, Kobe City Museum was opened in 1982. The building that houses the Museum was originally constructed to serve as the Kobe Branch of the former Yokohama Specie Bank; some extension work was undertaken when it was redeveloped to house the Museum. The building is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property; it was the last building project completed by the famous architect Sakurai Kotaro. There are around 70,000 items in the Museum’s collections, including National Treasures; the items include archeological finds, works of art imported into Japan from Southeast Asia and Europe during the Edo period and earlier, art related to Kobe, the “Portrait of St. Francis Xavier” and other famous artworks, etc. Besides the Museum’s permanent exhibitions, several thematic exhibitions are held every year.

    The museum is amazing if you’re interested in Kobe’s history. The first floor is free. If you don’t speak Japanese well, you won’t have to worry since they have all English subtitles when projecting...

  • World Hall (Kobe Port Island Hall)
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-12-2
    An event hall located in the center of Port Island a three-minute drive from the Hanshin Expressway Port Island off ramp or a seven-minute drive from the Kyobashi exit. There are waiting rooms and equipment areas surrounding the first-floor arena as well as a rest area and multipurpose hall available for use. On the second floor, there is a shop next to the east central gate and box seats as well as seating encircling the arena. Incorporating universal design principles, the smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. The arena is primarily used for live music events and also serves as the venue for the Kobe Marathon.

    コンサートで2回行きましたが、使ってるスピーカーがステージ横左右に1台の縦型なので、音響のスイートスポットを外れると音が良くないです。重低音が執拗に響いて他の音はこもった様に聞こえます。主催者側のこだわりによって音質は改善されるかもしれませんが聴かせる系歌手でも改善なしだったので、あまり期待しない方がいいと思います。 反対に規模が大きくないので、アイドル系ライブなら近く感じていいかもしれませんね。

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    151 Reviews
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    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Kumochicho 7-5-1
    This museum is Takenaka Corporation’s corporate museum located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is Japan’s only museum that features collections and exhibits on the theme of carpenter tools. The permanent exhibits feature carpenter tools that supported Japan’s construction in the past and introduce the skill and wisdom of the carpenters who wielded them, not to mention the culture surrounding architecture and trees. There are models visitors can touch as well as touch panel picture scrolls, allowing visitors to enjoy the displays using all five senses. Special exhibits focused on architecture and design are opened several times a year.

    This made me get into carpentry. I had my two architectural assistants on a bonus holiday. Extremely interesting specially if you are into construction, architectural design or furniture making...

  • Tojoko Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Katoushi Kurodani 1216
    "A theme park located a 10-minute drive from the Hyogo-Tojo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Filled with an array of play facilities sure to delight children, the park is broadly divided into three areas. The ""Toy Room"" area contains a huge variety of toys, from the latest, trending toys to old favorites. In the ""Attraction"" area, there are rides and play equipment for children 0 years of age and older (children must be accompanied by a guardian 15 years of age or older). In the ""Pool"" area, only open in summer, there is a wide array of facilities, including ones suitable for toddlers, ensuring the whole family can have fun."

    前に家族と行きました。 黄色レールのジェットコースターが一番目立ちめちゃ乗りたいと思って行って見ると、頭がポカーンとなりました。 乗り場と上に上がるレールだけ残されており 他のレールは撤退済みらしく 何のために残され放置してるのかさっぱり 残念です

  • Kobe Suma Rikyu Park
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    4.0
    157 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Higashisuma 1-1
    This is the municipal public park maintained on the site of the former imperial gardens (Suma Rikyu Park) in Suma Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, and there is the main park and a botanical garden located on a hillside which commands a view over Osaka Bay. In the main garden, there is a European style plaza with a water fountain which is reminiscent of the former imperial residence and a “Rose Garden of Princes and Lords”, you can enjoy a refined tea time in the rest house which has been fashioned in a palatial image. The flowers of the four seasons such as the irises, camellias, tree peony and plums are beautiful, and the autumn colors of “Midori Taki (green waterfall)” is also a must see. There are field athletics and a children’s playground in the park, and even bringing the children with you, one can enjoy spending all day there.

    The park has a distinguished history, as the word “rikyu” suggests. The word means a palace for pleasure, and it used to be owned by Imperial Household. Since the ancient times, Suma was well known...

  • Taiyo Park
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Uchikoshi 1342-6
    This theme park is in Uchikoshi, Himeji City. Here you can take in replicas of the Arc de Triomphe, Moai statues, 1,000 Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall of China, the Great Pyramids, a two-thirds scale reproduction of Neuschwanstein Castle, and more. You can try your hand at sandblasting crafts or making mugs, and they rent traditional outfits from cultures around the world. Women can borrow them for free. Their Welcome House Swan facility has a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and more. Entry is free.

    Where we parked was next to a baseball field and on the opposite side of the road to the castle. The main park area was a few hundred meters further down the road. It was confusing and there seemed...

  • Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World
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    3.5
    98 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou 2-2
    "The Kobe Maritime Museum, which features a large roof with a white space frame structure evoking the image of sails of a sailing ship running across the ocean and sea waves, opened in 1987 as the ""commemorative project of the 120th anniversary of the opening of the modern Port of Kobe"" under the concept of ""Kobe, starting from the sea and the port, sails for the future"". Visitors can experience the structure of ships, the fascination of cruise ships, port facilities, and the history and future of the sea, ships, and ports. The ""past"", ""present"", and ""future"" of the sea, ships, and ports are introduced in an easy-to-understand manner through the real objects, diorama models, videos, and graphics, etc., showing how ports and cities have changed with the times. Attached to the museum is the ""Kawasaki Good Times World"" that opened in 2006. It is a corporate museum of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, which has been working together with the Port of Kobe since the opening of the port."

    Went there to visit. This is truly a place to enrich your knowledge of ports, ships and technology. When we passed by it at night, it looks very beautiful.

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    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.

    ハンバーガーやうどん類、ナゲットやポテトなどのサイドメニュー、他にもアイスクリームにお飲み物を販売。チーズバーガーセットを頂きましたが、バーガーがとても美味しかったです。

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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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