Leisure / Outdoors 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.

    This is 3 stops away from Sannomiya Station. If you have a Kansai Pass, going to Harbor land is included in your ticket. It’s my second time in Kobe but first time to explore this part of Japan. It’s...

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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    4.5
    608 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
    644 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.

    I loved visiting Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens. The colors and smells were amazing, and the plants and flowers were beautiful. It was peaceful and calm there.

  • Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
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    4.0
    325 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...

  • KidZania Koshien
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    4.5
    260 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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
    206 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.

    The shopping area is made up of a group of outbuildings bunched together. Be aware that captured audience pricing is prevalent. Souvenir shops, a quasi-grocery store called Horti, a...

  • Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
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    4.5
    159 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 8-10
    "This park is adjacent to the Awaji Yumebutai leisure complex. Designed to be a ""leisurely garden by the sea,"" it's full of flowers and greenery and has a resort feel. The spacious grounds have a large lawn, the Yumekko Land playground with 150 types of equipment, the large Children's Forest play area, and lots of other facilities for family fun. There's also a pond where you can ride swan boats, and kids can play in the water at their ""Jyabu Jyabu Pond"" that's open from spring to fall."

    I absolutely loved the 90 minutes I walked there. I did it the last day of my trip. I wished I did the first day so I would go every morning as I was staying in Westin near by.

  • Maiko Park
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    4.0
    175 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!

  • UCC Coffee Museum
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    4.0
    241 Reviews
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    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-6-2

    The UCC Coffee Museum explains the history of coffee both from a world perspective and from its arrival from Brazil over a hundred years ago. There is also a coffee tasting corner and a gift shop...

  • Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum
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    4.5
    155 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.

    If you appreciate wood working quality and skills then you will love this museum. Some of the works are so perfect, so beautiful, you can only just admire the level of craftsmanship. To combine these...

  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    184 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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
    "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.

  • Tojoko Omocha Okoku
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    4.0
    124 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

  • Himeji City Zoo
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    3.0
    234 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This zoo is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. They have about 30 species, 150 and more of mammals, including elephants and giraffes, over 60 species and 200 of birds such as penguins and flamingos, and more than 10 types of reptiles. Visitors can interact with the animals twice a day in their Fureai Hiroba area. They also have over 10 attractions including a Ferris wheel and a monorail, as well as a room that exhibits taxidermy.

    Avoid going to this zoo, the zoo should be closed down asap. The animals should be free from suffering and caged up.

  • Sorakuen Garden
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    4.0
    117 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.

    We had this place all to ourselves on a rainy afternoon. I loved the paths, waterfalls, and bridges. A great place to quietly reflect. 300 yen is a good price, but it could have been a bit bigger...

  • Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
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    4.5
    96 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...

  • 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.

    かねふくの明太子工場にあるテーマパークです。工場見学と明太子の成り立ちがわかる様になっています。おすすめは、明太子のバケットです。少し割高ですが、持帰っても良いです。フードコートでは、パスタとどんぶりが頂けます。ビールにはソーセージが付いてきます。

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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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