Culture / Tour Spots in Hyogo Area

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Himeji City Zoo
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    3.0
    222 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.

    I had the most terrible and impactful experiences of my life when visiting the Himeji City Zoo, located right next to the famous Himeji Castle, in the south of Hyogo Prefecture, the most famous and...

  • 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...

  • Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Kitarokkou 4512-150
    This is an historic botanical garden which opened in 1933 near the top of Mt. Rokko in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. Approximately 1,500 species of alpine plants and plants from cold climates from around the world are planted in the garden of about 50,000 square meters making use of the climate which is similar to the southern part of Hokkaido. Highlights include various rock gardens, flower gardens and wetlands where alpine plants can be viewed in an environment close to an alpine setting. In addition to enjoying seasonal flowers and the colors of the autumn leaves, visitors can enjoy coffee, sweets, light refreshments and other items at a mountain-lodge-style café where sunbeam shines through branches of trees.

    Tranquil. Lovely laid out gardens which is not overly crowded with either locals or tourists. Easy access from cablecar with connecting bus.

  • Kobe Municipal Arboretum
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Yamadachoushimotanigami 1-2
    This arboretum sits on an extensive area which covers 142.6 hectares in total, and is located on Mt. Rokko in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. They raise and exhibit various plants at the arboretum, focusing on a total of roughly 1,200 species of Japanese and foreign woody plant, and the areas are divided up based on their place of origin such as Asia, Europe and North America. It is famous for its seasonal flowers such as it having 25 varieties and 350 species including 50,000 hydrangea plants, roughly 4,000 rhododendron, azalea and cherry trees. You can also enjoy the leaves changing colors in autumn with such as Hananoki (Japanese Red Maple) and Iroha Momiji (Japanese Maple). There is a free shuttle bus from Kita Suzurandai Station.

    It is nice to take a stroll in the autumn for a few hours just to see the foliage which was turning in to various shades of red, orange, yellow and green. We went in November and the driving is...

  • Akashi Municipal Planetarium
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    4.0
    106 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Akashishi Hitomaruchou 2-6
    "A science museum located in Hitomaru-cho, Akashi City. Situated on the Japan Standard Time Meridian at 135 degrees east longitude, the facility looks at time and space and contains exhibits on Akashi and the meridian as well as time and space-themed exhibits. The museum also has a planetarium and holds planetarium programs with live narration. The museum also holds special exhibitions and stargazing sessions as well as children's planetarium, night museum, ""Kido Seitai Shigosenger"" and other events."

    何より人が少なくてほぼ貸し切り状態でプラネタリウムを満喫できました。 コロナ禍なので今はやってないのかな?

  • The Museum of Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
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    Hyogo Nishinomiya-shi Koshiencho 1-82
    This history museum was built beneath the left outfield grandstands of Hanshin Koshien Stadium when the stadium was renovated in 2010. The museum exhibits on the history of high school baseball, the Hanshin Tigers, and Hanshin Koshien Stadium, respectively. Visitors can experience the more than 90-year history of Hanshin Koshien Stadium through exhibits including nostalgic videos and photographs of famous games, scenes, and players of each era. The museum also exhibits include items that were used in the stadium before its renovation as well as items related to the Koshien Bowl, the competition that determines Japan's best university American football team. No baseball fan will want to miss this museum.

    Firstly:There is an app you can download which gives information on the museum exhibits for non-Japanese speakers, I would advise to download this before you go. I am a massive Hanshin Tigers fan...

  • Aramaki Rose Park
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    4.5
    82 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.

  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    4.0
    28 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.

  • Kobe Fashion Museum
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    3.5
    35 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Kouyouchounaka 2-9-1
    The first national art museum focused on fashion, Kobe Fashion Museum is located on Rokko Island, a seaborne city in Higashinada Ward in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It boasts a unique design that resembles a UFO. Exhibits are on the first floor and include the basic exhibits, which feature a rich collection of items, and special exhibits hosted in other buildings. There is also a library featuring 40,000 books and magazines about fashion from both Japan and around the world, as well as a museum shop with artist contributions, an event hall, and other facilities.

    In one section a person can try on costumes and have a photo taken, and with video see themselves in additional costumes. Actual clothing display is in one large room, perhaps forty examples mostly...

  • Himeji City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68-25
    This art museum is on the grounds of Himeji Park in Honmachi, Himeji City. It's housed in a red brick building that was constructed as an army warehouse during the Meiji period. Its collection consists of about 3,700 works from artists with ties to the region, as well as modern art from Japan and abroad. Their permanent exhibit in their Kunitomi Keizo Collection Room features Modern French paintings by Corot, Pizarro, Monet, Rouault, Matisse, and Utrillo. They also have a collection gallery, a sculpture garden, and they hold special and public exhibitions.

    Te permanent collection was not open to the public, so we just saw the temporary exhibition and I found it a bit too small. But the library which is on the right side after the ticket office its...

  • Himeji City Aquarium
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Himejishi Nishinobusue Within 440 Teigarayama Chuo Park
    This aquarium is in Tegarayama Central Park in Nishinobusue, Himeji City. Its main building has marine life including sea turtles, penguins, and schools of pilchard, and its annex is home to an African spurred tortoise and freshwater fish. A stream on the roof of the main building lets kids interact with the fish, and a biotope reproduces a typical pond from the Harima region. They regularly offer staff commentary and hold sessions where you can feed the marine life too.

    Worth a visit if youre in Tegara, I suppose, but otherwise there is a better aquarium in Osaka. Its a relatively small and dull aquarium meant to entertain young kids. The fish you can see arent...

  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Nakahamachou 4-38
    A six-minute walk from Koroen Station on the Hanshin Electric Railway. This art museum was opened in 1972 by Nishinomiya City thanks to the donation of land, a building, and works of art from the late Takejiro Otani. The museum's collection primarily consists of Japanese modern Western style paintings and French modern paintings. In addition, the museum has over 1,100 works and art prints by local artists. Visitors are free to walk the garden visible from the museum's lobby, and one of the facility's draws is its beautiful scenery consisting of flowing water and lush greenery. The museum holds a variety of events, including an exhibition of original picture book illustrations from the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.

    After living in this area for 10 years I discovered this museum by pure coincidence. I saw a poster on the train for an exhibition, which looked interesting, so I went. The exhibition featured a...

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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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