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Park / Green Space Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Meriken Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou
    This is a park built on reclaimed land between Meriken wharf and the jetty upon which the Kobe Port Tower stands. There are a complete range of facilities to enjoy shopping and lunch, as well as many buildings with unique architectural designs such as the Kobe Maritime Museum and a hotel, and is one of the representative places of the Port of Kobe. At night it is a popular spot for nighttime views with illuminated decorations and other areas that are lit up.
  • Kobe East Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kanouchou 6-4-1
    A 2.7-hectare municipal park sprawling in the heart of downtown Kobe City on the south side of Sannomiya Station on JR and private railway lines. Originally built in the Meiji period as Japan's first Western-style exercise park, the park also served as an origin point from which Western sports such as baseball and soccer spread throughout the country. Today, the park is also used as the primary venue for events such as the Kobe Festival, the Kobe Luminarie, and memorial ceremonies for the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The park grounds are also the location of monuments relating to the disaster, such as a monument to the souls lost and post-disaster recovery, and the 1/17 Light of Hope.
  • Itami Sky Park
    241 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
    205 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.

    Walk up from the rope way as time is quite late already. It was quite cloudy view would be better if weather is nice. Some light shopping available. You can throw clay plates down the valley was...

  • Azur Maiko
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Kaigandori 11
    A seven minute walk from JR Maiko Station and Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. This park is located midway between Tarumi Station and Maiko Station and recreates the picturesque scenery of Maiko Beach. Throughout the year, visitors can play on playground equipment and enjoy ground golf; with an advance reservation, there's also barbecuing. Walkers can get a stamp card and follow a designated walking course themed after the 53 Stations of the Tokaido. Limited time events are also held here such as outdoor yoga classes close to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and hula dancing trial classes on the beach. In the summer, the beach is open to swimmers.
  • Suma Seaside Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Suma-ku Wakamiyachou 1
    A park located a five-minute walk from JR Sumakaihinkoen Station and right next to the Wakamiya interchange. Once the site of a villa belonging to the Sumitomo family, after the residence' destruction in an air raid, the grounds were donated to Kobe City and then, after appropriate construction measures were taken, turned into a park in 1951. Today, the foundations of the villa's arbor still stand, as well as gateposts and stones laid around the circumference. The sandy pine grove which spans the park has been selected for inclusion in a list of top 100 white sand beaches with green pine groves in Japan. The Former Wadamisaki Lighthouse, Japan's oldest extant iron lighthouse, has also been moved to the park's grounds. The park bustles with visitors in the spring and fall come to fish along the coast.
  • Aramaki Rose Park
    78 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Aramaki 6-5-50
    "A garden adjoining Midori no Plaza a 10-minute drive from the Takarazuka interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Some 10 thousand rose plants spanning around 250 varieties from countries around the world grow in the garden. The garden is divided into a local rose garden planted with varieties like the Madam Violet and Amatsu Otome, a cultivar created in Itami City and named after a popular opera star of the time; and the ""Hasselt"" garden named after Itami's sister city in Belgium. The best time to see the garden's roses is from mid-May to mid-June and from mid-October to mid-November."

    I have been here a number of times in different seasons. Peaceful place, and such a variety. There is also an interesting walk along a nearby waterway.

  • Koyaike Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Koyaike 3
    "A park located right next to the ""Matsugaoka"" and ""Koyaikekoenmae"" bus stops. Known as one of the Kansai region's top destinations for migratory birds, each year from fall through winter numerous waterfowls stop by and gather in the park's ponds. In spring, visitors might catch sight of eggs and baby chicks as well. Originally ponds created for agricultural purposes in the distant Nara period (710-794), in the modern Showa period (1926-1989) the site was turned into a public park. The park also has bridges to aid watching wild birds. The Furusato Komichi walking path area is a habitat for butterflies and cicadas. From June to July, visitors may also be able to see fireflies in the park's square."
  • Inami Central Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kakoguninamichou Kuniyasu 1287-3
    A one-minute walk from the Inami Chuo Koen Mae bus stop. This park is located right next to the Inami Library. In addition to slides and other playground equipment, the park has full array of sports facilities includes a vast multipurpose ground, gateball field, and tennis courts. One of the park's most popular features is that in the summer, nighttime tennis games can be held here. With an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy barbecuing at the park's outdoor activity center or make use of the site for other events.
  • Kasai Furubokke Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Higashikenzakachou Good defense north no hand 1345-2
    A park with vast grounds equal to 37 Koshien Stadiums located in Kasai City. In spring, visitors can see cherry and azalea blossoms; in fall, autumn foliage. The park's popular hiking course leads across a suspension bridge and up to an observatory on Mt. Kasayama from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the dam in the park, Kasai City, and the mountains sprawling beyond. Visitors can also enjoy camping and barbecuing in the park with an advance reservation. Also with an advance reservation, visitors can try stone sculpting in the park's stone sculpture studio; a variety of Buddhist statues created in the studio stand in the woods nearby. There's also a stone monument commemorating the filming of a historical drama on the park's grounds.
  • Mukojima Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Takasagoshi Takasagochoumukoujimachou 1710
    A park adjoining Takasago Seaside Park in Takasago City, Hyogo Prefecture. Park facilities include a grass lawn, playground, and multipurpose sports grounds and two artificial tuft tennis courts with sand equipped for night games. Together with the adjoining Takasago Seaside Park, families can enjoy walking, sports, and other recreational activities here. The park has a small, free zoo with peacocks and other birds, as well as a training building with lodging facilities frequently used for workshops and study meets.
  • Nanko Nature Observation Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sayougunsayouchou Funakoshi 222
    A campground located a 30-minute drive from the Sayo interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Situated on the bank of the Chikusa River, selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 remarkable waters, this caravan campground is dedicated to the theme of playing in and coming in contact with nature. Facilities include a tree houses and adjoining cottages. There's also a campfire ground, shower room, pizza oven where visitors can bake a pizza, log house-style Finish saunas, and an abundance of other facilities perfect for recreation or workshops / training.
  • Hana no Jutan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sandashi Eitakuji 170
    "A green park adjoining the Eitakuji Iris Gardens in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture. One of only a very view gardens dedicated to moss phlox, more than 50 varieties of the flowering plant from around the country grow on the grounds and cover the park's hillside in a carpet of 100 million blossoms during the blooming season from mid-April to early May. This in turn is what gave rise to the park's name, which means ""Carpet of Flowers."" There's a teahouse in the park and visitors can bring a bento box lunch or pet with them to relax and enjoy themselves."
  • Arima Fuji Park
    76 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sandashi Fukushima 1091-2
    A park located a 15-minute drive from the Kobe-Sanda interchange. A vast park opened in 2001, the park has designed to meet the diversifying needs of the community, and some its many facilities include a nature learning center where visitors can find out about the local ecosystem and wildlife; an old-fashioned thatched roof Japanese home used to convey Japanese culture and traditions; and a park center which can be used for all manner of presentations, performances, and events. The park's 178.2-hectare grounds encompass several walking trails leading from the park center and Fukuji Oike Pond up to the top of Mt. Arima Fuji, and visitors can enjoy the beauty of mountain valley woodlands and terraced rice fields as suits their stamina and interest.

    It is a very nice place to walk around. Very peaceful and a good place for kids too. There are many activities for children.

  • Mikiyama Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Mikishi Fukui Mikiyama 2465-1
    A park located a 10 minute drive from the Miki-Ono interchange on the Sanyo Expressway. Situated in the center of Miki City, the park's vast grounds are equivalent in size to 20 Koshien Stadiums and visitors can take in its abundant, seasonal natural beauty. There are a variety of walking courses, and visitors can choose a course tailored to their interests and desired degree of physical exertion. In addition, the park is a great place to learn something new while having fun - there's a culture hall in the park, event spaces such as a training hall, and a craft hall where visitors can enjoy activities like wood crafting with all tools and materials provided.
  • Tamba-Namikimichi Central Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Nishikosa 90
    "A large recreational park created based on the ""Tamba Forest Plan"" located five minutes northwest of the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. Serving as a base for urban-agricultural community exchange and the stimulation of the local community, the park's vast, 70.9-hectare grounds encompass a large grass lawn and Forest Activity Center. A variety of events and activities are held in the park, such as woodworking classes which use cedar and hinoki cypress cut from forest in the park, harvesting ancient rice varieties in terraced rice fields, and Nordic walking. Kids love the park's 50-meter long roller slide built along the slop of a mountain."
  • Sunflower Hill Park
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Onoshi Kiyotanichou 1545-321
    A vast, 80 thousand square meter field of flowers located 10 minutes north of the Miki-Ono interchange on the San'yo Expressway. Operated as a park, here visitors can enjoy the sight of sunflowers in summer and cosmos in autumn. There's a playground with large play equipment popular with children as well as a nearby fountain specifically designed for children to play in. Other park facilities include Himawari Bakery Cafe, which offers a variety of fresh baked breads made with malted rice and sake lees; Sun Patio Ono, a farm fresh shop selling local vegetables; and the O-st local specialty products shop, ensuring that even when the flowers are not in bloom families can enjoy a fun time together at the park.


  • Maiko Park
    168 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Attraction is Akashi bridge. Structure and size of this bridge is quite impressive. Japanese go there to fish or to make walk. It quiet but there is only concrete.

  • Ikutagawa Park
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kumochichou 4
    A park sprawling 1.6 kilometers north and south along the Ikuta River a three-minute walk from Shin-Kobe Station on JR, municipal subway, and Hokushin Kyuko Electric Railway lines. The park extends from Shin-Kobe Station to HAT Yume Park. An avenue of some 150 cherry trees called the Nunobiki Hana Kaido follows the river, and in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom the Ikuta River Cherry Blossom Festival is held and the trees are lit up at night for visitors to enjoy. Facilities include steps leading to a terraced, maintained section of the river; a playground with large play equipment; and a Chinese-style arbor. Visitors can catch sight of wild birds along the river such as spot-billed ducks.

    There were some attractive features in this park, including the dragon sculptures in the river channel. A shocking number of cigarette butts near a gazebo had us speculating if it was a place for...

  • Minato no Mori Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Onohamachou
    A municipal park built on the site of a former Kobe Port freight station of the Japan Freight Railway Company a 10-minute walk south from Sannomiya Station on various lines. Harnessing the knowledge and experience gained from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, the park is equipped with various facilities designed to be used in the event of a disaster, including a supply warehouse, toilets for use after a disaster, water reservoir, and wind and solar powered nightlights. A large natural grass lawn sprawls in the center of the park, and this is surrounded by a jogging course. In the park's new sports ground, visitors can enjoy BMX biking, inline hockey, and inline skate sports like slalom and aggressive inline skating.

Hyogo Main Areas


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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