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  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Wakinohamakaigandori 1-1-1
    Designed to be integrate seamlessly into the adjoining Nagisa Park by architect Tadao Ando, the museum was opened in 2002 as one of the largest art museum in Western Japan. Located in Hat Kobe, locals simply call it, “the art museum.” The museum’s collection spans some 9,000 pieces of modern sculptures, woodblock prints, and contemporary art by Japanese and international artists as well as works by Hyogo-born artists such as Ryohei Koiso and Tadanori Yokoo.

    プラド美術館展の後にお茶しました。 長雨の合間に晴れた午後、海が見えるカフェテラスで美術鑑賞の余韻にひたる。セルフサービスでケーキセットをチョイス。海岸線に沿ってシーサイドウオークが続き、眺めも良くゆっくり出来ました。

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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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.
  • Kobe City Suma Aqualife Park
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    352 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.

    This proved to be an excellent place to visit with my granddaughter, aged 3. It’s an old Aquarium (1957) & some of the enclosures – especially those of some turtles – are too small to be acceptable...

  • Kobe Oji Zoo
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    4.0
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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.

    Very upset with the animal exhibits, animals were stressed and the enclose were too small for animals themselves. It can be great day for the family to see de stress animals for entertainment...

  • Kinosaki Marine World
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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. "
  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    174 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.

    It is not as big as other more famous museums, but it has a permanent exhibition about the city, and it is very interesting,

  • Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Haradadori 3-8-30
    An art museum housing works by Hyogo Prefecture born graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo. Operating out of the remodeled west wing of the Oji Branch of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the museum opened in 2012. The museum contains some 3,000 paintings, prints, posters, and book designs, with the pieces on display being changed regularly. The second and third floors serve as exhibition spaces, while the first-floor open studio is used to host a variety of events.
  • UCC Coffee Museum
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-6-2
    A coffee museum operated by the UCC coffee company. The museum has five large exhibition areas where visitors can learn about the origins and culture of coffee as well as how it is grown, selected, and roasted. There are also quiz corners where visitors can demonstrate the knowledge of coffee history and culture they have acquired. The museum holds four tasting events a day during which fresh coffees are brewed right in front of you. The museum also conducts events such as a latte art class and bean roasting experience children can participate in.
  • Sera Art Gallery
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Mikage 2-5-21
    An art gallery located a three-minute walk from Hankyu Railway Mikage Station. Opened in 1992 using the personal assets of painter Tomie Sera, the content of the museum's standing exhibition is changed four times a year; the museum also holds special exhibitions. In addition to being an art gallery, water painting, foreign language, and other classes are also periodically held here as well as concerts. Museum tickets can be reserved using the museum's official website. In January, February, and August, the gallery is only open on Thursdays and Fridays. The gallery is not open to the general public when concerts are being held.

    外観は独特で美術館らしいですが、玄関から室内は邸宅という感じの美術館で、世良さんの家を美術館にしたようです。御影駅から歩いて行ける距離という立地も良かったです。

  • Bando Kobe Science Museum
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 7-7-6
    A science museum with a domed, rooftop astronomical observatory located a three-minute walk from Minami Koen Station on the Kobe New Transit Port-liner Line. Through exhibits that involve not just looking but getting hands on, even adults can have fun here while learning about science. The museum's planetarium, the only one in Kobe City, screens special shows on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays. The planetarium's original programs are also well-reviewed. The museum's exhibition rooms are filled with appropriately themed, interactive exhibits and experiment shows are held at the museum at set times each day. The museum's science library contains some 20 thousand volumes on space and science.

    fun for kids .. and especially teenagers who are interested in science experiments and human biology ... very informative ... but closes very early .. 4:30 pm they rush you out ... and mostly all is...

  • Rokko International Music Box Museum
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    4.0
    62 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Kitarokkou 4512-145
    "A museum located close to the ""Orugoru Museum-mae"" Rokko Sanjo Bus stop. Kobe Orgel, the museum's own music box brand, was selected for inclusion in the exclusive Kobe Selection 7 list of products in 2013. Kobe Orgel's master craftspeople create one of a kind, made to order music boxes. The company also offers a fun music box assembly activity. Held daily at set times, private individuals can participate without needing to make an advance reservation. The museum also has a cafe and a museum shop that can add your name or other inscription to a music box."

    Museum is rather small, but with interesting exhibits. Pleasantly surprised by the music box demonstration which was a unique experience. Strongly recommend if you are music box lover, or interested...

  • Kobe Water Science Museum
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Hyougo-ku Kusudanichou 37-1
    "A museum located a three-minute walk from the ""Kusudanicho"" bus stop. Housed inside of Okuhirano water filtration plant built in 1917, the building has been designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. The grounds have also been selected for inclusion in a list of Kobe's top flower viewing destinations, and in the spring visitors can see cherry blossoms, azaleas, and wisteria. The museum is filled with water-themed interactive exhibits, such as a scale which will show you how much you weigh in water just by stepping on it, and a ""doodle aquarium"" in which you can watch your drawing is swimming in the water. The museum is closed Mondays; entry is free during events."
  • Itami City Children's Culture & Science Museum
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    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Kuwadu 3-1-36
    Museum facilities include a planetarium which utilizes a Megastar IIB Itami projector to display a stunning 5 million starts on a 14-meter dome. There are also numerous hands on exhibits which present the wonders of space in the museum's standing exhibition such as rocket launchers and a bicycle powered solar system. In addition, the museum holds special exhibitions. From the rooftop observatory, visitors can watch planes landing and taking off at the nearby Osaka International Airport; after exploring the museum, check out the airport-adjoining Itami Sky Park.
  • Aramaki Rose Park
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    4.5
    71 Reviews
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    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.

  • Itami City Museum of Insects
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    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Koyaike 3-1 in Kunyang pond park
    An insect museum located in Koyaike Park built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Itami City. The museum's biggest draw is its butterfly hothouse, where year-round visitors can view some 1,000 butterflies spanning 14 species inside a domed glass hothouse filled with tropical flowering plants. One of the largest butterfly houses in Japan, visitors can see tree nymph butterflies, a variety only found naturally on the islands of Okinawa and southward; there are also chrysalises on display. The museum's live insect exhibit room has exhibits displaying some 30 insect species, including leaf insects-only three facilities nationwide have living leaf insects on display.
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archeology
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Kakogunharimachou Onaka 1-1-1
    A museum located in Onaka Iseki Park (Harima Oponaka no mura), a park built around a historic ruin. The museum has four themed exhibition rooms and, with an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy a guided tour provided by a curator or volunteer. At scheduled times each day, visitors can try making tools and crafts used by ancient people in Japan such as magatama beads, stone knives, and woven cords in the hands-on learning room. The museum also holds fire making activities as well as coloring and pottery picture matching activities. One room recreates what an archeological dig looks like and visitors can even potentially try taking part in archeological work. The museum's special exhibitions are held twice a year in spring and fall.

    This remarkable and unusual museum is "archaeology" in full, designed as an immersive experience with the whole family in mind. Prehistoric and historic exhibits are integrated with dioramas...

  • Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center
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    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Toyokurachou Iimori 1282-1
    "A park located right next to the ""Flower Center Seimon-mae"" bus stop. The park is divided into two areas-one consisting of Kamenokura Pond and the flower beds encircling it, and another a flower garden where similar flowers are grown. In total, a combined 4,500 varieties of wild and garden plants grow on the grounds. The park's pond is a gathering ground for waterfowl and here visitors can take in an abundance of natural beauty, including an untouched pine woods. In the park's large greenhouse, tropical plants and carnivorous plants are grown in different areas; there's also a cafe here where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the flowers. Other park facilities include a garden shop, observatory, and log house."
  • The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo
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    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kondachoukamitachikui 4
    A museum which aims to promote the culture of ceramic art and through ceramics deepen interaction between people. The museum is located a 15-minute drive from the Sanda-Nishi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway and 20-minute drive from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange. The museum exhibits examples ceramics produced in the prefecture and of ancient and modern ceramics from across Japan and the world. The museum's vast grounds encompass an exhibition building, training building, studio, and tea house. In addition to its standing exhibition, the museum holds variety of special and themed exhibitions as well as ceramic art workshops and courses on ceramic art culture.
  • Sasayama Children's Museum
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    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kodanaka 572
    "A fun-filled museum surrounded by abundant natural beauty located 25 minutes drive from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. To locals, it is known as the ""Chil-myu."" The museum offers a variety of programs and events fun for children and adults alike. Housed inside a closed junior high school building, the museum has hands on exhibits such as old-fashioned toys visitors can touch and play with. Visitors can also enjoy puppet shows by Puppet Theatre La Clarte and workshops which utilize the unique characteristics and culture of the local area. Other things to do include exploring the Gontayama woodland area, and a treasure hunt game (extra fee required)."
  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    25 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Hatadagumi 289
    "A facility where visitors can watch the Japanese macaques which live in the Kashiwara Mountains on the southeast side of Awaji Island. The facility is located a 40-minute drive on National Route 28 from the Seidan-Mihara interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. The monkeys come down from the mountains each morning around 9:00 and return around 17:00. Particularly in winter when there is little food to be found in the mountains, many monkeys come here looking for something to eat, giving visitors a strong chance of being able to see some. The monkeys get along well with each other and on cold evenings visitors may be able to catch sight of them huddling together in a phenomenon locals call ""saru dango"" (""monkey dumplings""). The season for monkey watching is from December to August."

    our hosts took us to this island and took us to the monkey centre. It was really great experience as they monkeys are pretty chilled and they can only be fed from inside the cage.

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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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