Culture / Tour Spots in Hyogo Area

  • Kobe Animal Kingdom
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    4.5
    595 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 City Suma Aqualife Park
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    4.0
    381 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...

  • UCC Coffee Museum
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    4.0
    242 Reviews
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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.

    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...

  • Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
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    4.5
    198 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
    150 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
    98 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.

  • Sorakuen Garden
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    4.0
    109 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
    221 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.

    Animals kept in appalling miserable conditions. So sad and cant believe Japan allows this. We left deeply upset.

  • 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...

  • Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum at Awaji Yumebutai in Hyogo Prefecture
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 4
    "This botanical museum is part of the Awaji Yumebutai leisure complex. They have about 3,000 varieties and 30,000 individual plants on display year-round, organized around a concept of ""exploring flowers and greenery with the senses."" They hold seasonal events, plant related programs, and occasional special exhibitions where you can view a variety of elaborate flower displays. Their shop sells seasonal flowers and flower themed gifts, and the cafe offers herbal tea and local Awaji fare."

    Such amazing flowers. I love traveling through Japan and enjoying all of the beautiful outdoor areas, and all of the gorgeous foliage. The flowers are just absolutely amazing.

  • Akashi Municipal Planetarium
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    4.0
    103 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."

    こちらのプラネタリウムは入場料を払えば何回でも鑑賞できます。解説員が毎回変わるので変わるので、一日中鑑賞しても飽きません。14階と13階は360度の展望階で、明石海峡大橋や淡路島など絶景が楽しめます。専用駐車場は2時間まで200円です。入場料は700円で、各種割引で2割引きになります。年間パスポートは2千円で、4回来たら元が取れるのでおトクです。

  • Aramaki Rose Park
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    4.5
    81 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.

  • Rokko International Music Box Museum
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    4.0
    72 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."

    The place is quite small, and took my family less than hour to complete everything, which includes exploring the museum garden in the cold and watching the show. There is not a lot of engagement for...

  • Himeji City Aquarium
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    4.0
    57 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...

  • Kobe Oji Zoo
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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.
  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    4.0
    26 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.

  • Bando Kobe Science Museum
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    3.5
    53 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...

  • Himeji City Museum of Art
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    4.0
    65 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...

  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Exhibition Center
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou 4-114
    A science museum located next to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Maiko Park a five-minute walk from Maiko Station on the JR San'yo Main Line and Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world and this museum presents the technologies involved in its construction using models, videos, and informational panels. One of the museum's exhibits is an actual 1/100th scale model (40 meters in length) used to test the bridge's properties in a wind tunnel; here visitors can also watch experimental simulations. The museum's 360-degree VR corner lets visitors experience what it's like to perform a safety check on the bridge.

    Some small exhibition in every level i think, a restaurant, small ice cream kiosk, small shop selling souvenirs, a deck you can see the view of Akashi port and surrounding, and the main attractions...

  • 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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