Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Kobe Harborland
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    4.0
    1937 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.

    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...

  • 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 Animal Kingdom
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    4.5
    604 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.

    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...

  • 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.

    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
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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
    295 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.

  • 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...

  • Rokko Garden Terrace
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    4.0
    204 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.

  • Maiko Park
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    4.0
    173 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!

  • Tojoko Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    125 Reviews
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    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

  • Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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    4.5
    195 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.

    Having never experienced an earthquake before, this museum was an eye-opener for myself. Earthquake is kinda a part and parcel of life in Japan as this region lies on many of the tectonic lines. The...

  • Taiyo Park
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    4.0
    121 Reviews
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    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...

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    149 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 is an essential prerequisite to any tour of Japan. Temples won’t ever become boring after this visit.

  • Hanshin Racecourse
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
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    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!

  • Kobe Maritime Museum and Kawasaki Good Times World
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    3.5
    97 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou 2-2
    This museum in Kobe is characterized by its unique structure which is meant to resemble waves and the sail of a ship. Focusing on the history of Kobe Port the exhibits introduce the facilities and roles of the port. There are also a large number of ship models that show off everything from the charms of a cruise ship to the inner workings of the vessel in an easy to understand manner. The attached Kawasaki World Museum, run by the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group, tells you about the history of the company and allows you to see, touch, and experience everything from their first machines that crossed land, sea, and sky, to their latest technological advancements. With actual copies of the 0-Series Shinkansen Bullet Train, as well as motorcycles, helicopters, and industrial robots as well as hand-on simulations there's something for everyone from kids to adults to enjoy.

    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.

  • Akashi Park
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Akashikouen 1-27
    A park built on the grounds of Akashi Castle in Akashi City. Park facilities include a baseball ground, stadium, tennis courts, bicycle racing field, and square. Also a renowned destination for viewing cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn, the park has even been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots. A variety of events are held at the park throughout the year, including the Akashi Park Cherry Blossom Festival and the Akashi Castle Festival.

    The park borders one of the longest suspension bridges in Japan as it crosses to Awaji Island. The park is easily accessible from the train station. Being on the edge of the water it lends itself to...

  • Uzunooka Onarutokyo Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    104 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 936-3
    This complex facility is in Fukurahei, Minami Awaji City. Its Uzushio Science Museum with its hydraulic models and giant spherical screen gives a visual education about the natural processes that generate whirlpools. Their Zekkei Restaurant Uzu no Oka offers dishes made with Awaji Island seafood, the Shop Uzu no Oka Aji Ichiba sells Awaji specialty items and souvenirs, and the Awajishima Onion Kitchen serves their Awajishima Onion Beef Burger.

    淡路島名物のタマネギの巨大モニュメントがあります。「おっ玉葱」と言うそうです。 お土産物もタマネギ原料の食品がたくさん並んでいますが、さすがにタマネギではインパクトは薄いと思いました。

  • Mentai Park Kobe Sanda
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    3.5
    99 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Akamatsudai 1-7-1
    A mentaiko pollock roe company's very own theme park located right next to the Kobe-Sanda interchange. Operated by Kanefuku, a long standing mentaiko company, visitors can watch mentaiko actually being made in a factory on the grounds. In addition, there's a company shop filled with fresh products made that day in the factory. There's a free sample corner as well as a food corner serving things like mentaiko onigiri rice balls and mentaiko soft serve ice cream. In the adjoining park, visitors can play games and learn all about mentaiko.

    明太子工場にちょっとしたテーマパークがついてる印象です。 子どもたちが遊べるエリア(めんたいランド)は有料で、規模の割にはお高い気がしました。UFOキャッチャーで明太子ラスクを取ることができ、子どもたちも喜んでました。

  • Sorakuen Garden
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    4.0
    111 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Nakayamatedori 5-3-1
    A Japanese garden in the style of a path around a central pond which includes a waterfall, stepping stones, stone bridge, and pond on spacious 20 thousand square meter grounds. The garden is famous for its azaleas in spring and fall foliage in autumn. Originally the garden in the principle home of Kodera Taijiro, a retainer of Sanda Domain, the garden was started in 1885 and completed in the late Meiji period. Visitors can enjoy scenery blending Western and Japanese sights, including a great camphor tree said to be 500 years old; the Old Hassam Residence, an Important Cultural Property moved here from the Ijinkan-gai area; the only remaining original river pleasure boat in Japan, and a team room.

    Beautiful park, perfectly cultivated, clean, with lots of undescribable beautiful fish and turtles swimming in the park lake. Park also contains a couple of interesting buildings. Definitely must see...

  • Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
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    4.5
    93 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Ogura 177
    This memorial park approximately 20 minutes by car from Awaji Interchange has facilities with exhibitions on the Nojima Fault that caused the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake on January 17, 1995. A portion of the fault pushed above ground during the quake, and the Nojima Fault Preservation Museum provides access to this designated Natural Monument. The Kobe Wall that survived the Kobe Air Raids and the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake has been relocated there too. Together they tell a frightful story of the horror of disasters natural and man-made. There is also a seminar house where you can listen to talks on the disaster. They have a shop and a restaurant serving local fare too.

    What is most impressive about this museum is that it includes some of the actual roads/land affected by the earthquake so you can actually SEE how the land moved, how the road buckled. The simulated...

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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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