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  • Himeji Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    Also known as the White Heron Castle, this shining white castle is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Structures such as the castle tower built in the early Edo period still stand today, and these are also registered as National treasures and national Important Cultural Properties. One of the most prominent theories is that the castle was originally erected as a fort by Akamatsu Sadanori in 1346. Ikeda Terumasa began renovating the castle when he became the lord of the castle after the Battle of Sekigahara, expanding it into the expansive compound seen today. The castle tower is located in the southeast corner of the foundation. The castle looks to be composed of five tiers from the outside and internally is comprised of six floors above ground and one subterranean level. The castle shining a blinding white in the light of the sun is truly a beautiful sight.
  • Kobe International House
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Gokoudori 8-1-6
    "A multiuse facility connected directly to Sannomiya Station via the Sannomiya underground shopping mall. The facility's International Hall is frequently used to host live music concerts as well as high school and university student recitals and events. The hall has seating on floors one through three and can accommodate up to 2,100 spectators. The facility also hosts cafes, boutiques, and other establishments; SOL, an area used to hold workshops; and rentable conference rooms available for meetings as well as training sessions and lectures. In the summer, a beer garden is held in the rooftop garden, the first in the area to be produced by ""plant hunter"" Seijun Nishihata."
  • Nankinmachi
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Sakaemachidori 1-2-chome, Motomachidori 1-2 chome
    Together with Motomachi-dori and Sakaemachi-dori in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Nankinmachi is one of Japan’s three largest China towns. Over 100 Chinese restaurants, grocers, and shops crowd an area some 200 meters long east to west and 110 meters north to south. Events such as the Chinese New Year Spring Festival held between January and February and Mid-Autumn Festival in either September or October attract large numbers of tourists in particular.
  • The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Mukogawachou 7-65
    "A museum which celebrates the achievements of noted manga artist Osamu Tezuka. The museum's entrance is modeled after a palace appearing in ""Princess Knight,"" and a life-sized figure dolls of Astro Boy welcomes visitors. The museum has a theater showing original movies and a standing exhibition room designed to look like a pod from the future. There's also a library with a full featured search system. There's an animation studio on the first floor where visitors can learn how animated works are made. The museum cafe is modeled after ""Kimba, the White Lion."" Note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovations from December 25, 2018 to March 31, 2019."
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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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。

  • Awaji Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Prefecture Awaji City, Kushimoto City, Minamiawaji City
    An island located on the eastern side of the Seto Inland Sea. The island is famous for the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, and for the Naruto whirlpools, said to be the biggest whirlpools in the world. There's also a hot spring district with numerous bathhouses and inns where visitors can stay or enjoy a day trip at the baths. The island is known as Miketsu-kuni (a food treasure trove) known for having supplied numerous tasty foodstuffs and dishes to the Imperial court since ancient times. The island's Awaji beef, the progenitor breed of famous Matsusaka beef, strikes an exquisite balance between rich fat and meat. Japanese spiny lobster, an exquisite delicacy, is in season on the island from summer through fall.
  • Takeda Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Asagoshi Wadayamachoutakeda
    This mountain-top castle built on land at an elevation of 353 meters is also known as Torafusu-jo (Lying Tiger Castle) due to its shape which resembles a tiger lying down. Looking up at the castle from down below, it appears as though it is floating in the sky, and since it is enveloped by a sea of clouds that form due to the early morning fog in the autumn, it is also nicknamed the “castle in the sky” and “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” The season when the sea of clouds appears is from September through November, and the time from dawn to about 8:00 a.m. is recommended for the best view. One can see the entire castle floating in the sea of clouds from Ritsuunkyo halfway up Mt. Asago on Takeda Castle’s southeastern side.
  • Kobe World Hall
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    3.5
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    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojimanakamachi 6-12-2
    An event hall located in the center of Port Island a three-minute drive from the Hanshin Expressway Port Island off ramp or a seven-minute drive from the Kyobashi exit. There are waiting rooms and equipment areas surrounding the first-floor arena as well as a rest area and multipurpose hall available for use. On the second floor, there is a shop next to the east central gate and box seats as well as seating encircling the arena. Incorporating universal design principles, the smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. The arena is primarily used for live music events and also serves as the venue for the Kobe Marathon.

    twiceのライブで初めて行きました。 会場近くには沢山コインパーキングがあり、開場1時間前到着だったにもかかわらず近くに停められました。また駐車代金も安く一日最大料金設定のあるパーキングが多々ありました。 ただ、twiceのライブでは会場から出るとトイレがなく、近くのコンビニを利用するしかないとの案内。少し歩けばありますが、ライブに来ている人数を考えればめっちゃ不便。会場内にトイレがあるのかない...

  • Kobe Bunka Hall
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kusunokichou 4-2-2
    A community hall located close to Okurayama Park a one-minute walk from Kobe Municipal Subway Okurama Station and an eight-minute walk from Kosoku Kobe Station on various private rail lines. The hall is used for a variety of events, including orchestral concerts, movie screenings, and ballet and traditional rakugo comedic storytelling performances. The hall is also used as the venue for the Kobe International Flute Competition held once every four years. In addition, the facility's large and medium halls can be rented out and raffles are held to determine who may rent these between one year and two months in advance. There is a fellowship of the hall club which can be joined by those interested which includes perks such as advance ticket purchasing opportunities.

    JR神戸駅から北へ徒歩10分、または神戸市営地下鉄大倉山駅からすぐで、アクセス便利です。有名劇団やクラシックコンサートから、子供のお稽古の発表会などさまざまな催しに使用されています。

  • Hyogo Performing Arts Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Takamatsuchou 2-22
    This arts and culture center with three halls is a two-minute walk south of Hankyu Electric Railway's Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Kobe Line in Hyogo Prefecture. It has a recital hall, a theater with balcony seating, and a Grand Hall with three balconies. A rehearsal room and a studio are available for practice. Its barrier free facilities include seats for wheelchair users and bone conduction hearing aids. The restaurant is run by the head chef of Kobe Kitano Hotel and offers an authentic Western menu.
  • Kobe Port Tower
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    5.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Hatobachou 5-5
    A viewing tower located in Kobe Port in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture distinguished by its unique shape which narrows in the middle. The tower is 108 meters tall. In addition to a magnificent view during the daytime encompassing the streets and port of Kobe as well as the Rokko Mountain Range and Awaji Island, at night a 10-million-dollar nightscape spreads out beneath visitors to the tower’s observation deck. There is also a café on the third floor of the observation deck that rotates 360 degrees every 20 minutes. The tower at night, illuminated by countless LEDs, is a must-see.

    Have a rest in this 360 rotating cafe if you go visit Kobe Port Tower ! Go there in the late afternoon so you can enjoy both daylight view and sunset + night view as well ! This place is...

  • Ikuta Shrine
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    4.0
    706 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 1-2-1
    This is a shrine located in Kobe City. The shrine has a history of more than 1,800 years dating back to the time of Empress Jingu, and its founding is also noted in the “Nihon Shoki” (second oldest book of classical Japanese history). It is famous as a shrine which brings love to a happy conclusion, and is also famous for marriage and prayers for easy childbirth; the shrine is fondly known by the pet name of “Ikuta San”. The vermilion-lacquered columns of the tower gate and the main shrine are impressive, so the shrine is also popular as a ceremonial hall for Shinto weddings. Many worshipers visit throughout the year and flock to the temple for the first shrine visit of the New year.

    Just around the corner from Sannomiya Station, you will find the beautiful Ikuta Shinto Shrine. Very different from Buddhist shrines, Shinto shrines are much simpler and more open, but very...

  • Kitano Ijinkan
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 1-3 Kobe City Kitano Tourist Information Office
    This area is home to several Western-style residences that were built mostly between the Meiji period and the beginning of the Showa period. Located in Kitano Town, Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, it is famous for the “Kazamidori House” and “Moegi House.” About 20 residences are open to the general public, and there are also several restaurants and museums housed in Western-style buildings. Since the opening of the Port of Kobe, this area has brimmed with a Showa port town atmosphere, making it a popular tourist attraction. The closest station is Sannomiya Station.
  • Izushi Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Toyokashi Izushichouchimachi
    These castle ruins are in Uchimachi, Izushi-cho, Toyooka City. The castle was built by Koide Yoshihide in 1604 and was later transferred to the Sengoku clan. Today you can see features like the corner tower that was reconstructed in 1968 on the site of the inner citadel. It's also a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, and they hold a cherry blossom festival in the spring.

    We climbed the site of the Izushi castle to discover a nice and peaceful shrine on its former location. Nice views to the Izushi city and streets.

  • Roadside Station Kobe Fruit & Flower Park Ozo
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Kita-ku Ozouchou Kamiozou 2150
    At this roadside station in North Kobe you'll find a spacious middle-ages European style building surrounded by nature along with a flower theme park where you can enjoy the beauty of flowers throughout the different seasons and a shop selling local goods. From Summer to Autumn you can pick fruit from the large orchard and with a play area for children as well as a restaurant, BBQ area, and hot-spring bath house there are options for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Kogenji Temple
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tambashi Aogakichouhinokura 514
    "This Buddhist temple is about a ten-minute drive from the Kita Kinki Toyooka Expressway's Aogaki Interchange. Founded by the Zen priest Enkei Soyu in 1325 during the Kamakura period, it was given the name Kogenji by Emperor Godaigo in 1326. It's the head temple of the Rinzai school of Zen's Chuho lineage. It was called ""Nishi Tenmoku,"" as opposed to the Kai District's Seiunji Temple which was called ""Higashi Tenmoku,"" making it Tamba's most prominent temple. It's also known as the Tenmoku Kaede Temple after its Tenmoku kaede maples that are characterized by smaller leaves and drooping branches. Many visitors come in the fall to see the turning of the leaves. At the start of the mountain climbing season, they hold Koto zither performances and hand out free amazake sweet half-sake."

    紅葉の名所高源寺に行ってきました。 駐車場は少し遠いところも含め十分ありました。 それほど体力は要しませんが、山を登っていくような感じなので高齢者には少しきついかもしれません。

  • Nakayama-dera Temple
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    164 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Nakayamadera 2-11-1
    This Buddhist temple is in Nakayamadera Temple, Takarazuka City. Built by Shotoku Taishi, it's regarded as Japan's first sanctuary dedicated to the Bodhisattva Kannon, a goddess of mercy. It's the 24th temple of 33 on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. The principal object of worship is an image of an 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva that is thought to aid women in particular. As worshiping there fulfilled Toyotomi Hideyoshi's prayers for a child, the temple attracts people seeking fertility and safe childbirth.

    I have been this temple since when I was born. It's seems so changed a lots to good way. I love the view from this temple...

  • Kobe Municipal Rokkosan Pasture
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Nakaichiriyama 1-1
    A tourism-oriented farm located on Mt. Rokko in Kobe’s Nada Ward designed to resemble an old fashioned European farm situated amidst the Alps. Visitors can interact with sheep, goats, miniature pigs, milk cows, and horses as well as feed them. The farm’s exciting sheep dog show and tethered pony rides are particularly popular with children. Visitors can also watch Kobe cheese being made in the Rokkosan QBB Cheese Museum as well as try making ice cream and butter. Visitors are sure to have a fulfilling and refreshing time at this remarkable farm surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Sasayama Castle Ruins
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    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kitashinmachi 2-3
    The ruins of Sasayama Castle, flatland-mountain castle build on a small hill called Sasayama, located a 10-minute drive east from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. The castle's moat, stone base, and base of keep still stand. Sasayama castle never had a keep, instead centering on a hall called the Oshoin, which was rebuilt in March 2000. Inside the hall, visitors can view informational panels on historic events which occurred in Sasayama Domain during the Edo period as well as models and other exhibits which provide information on what the castle and town beneath it once looked like as well as the different lords who ruled the area. The hall's theater room screens informational videos.

    江戸時代初期に建築され、明治維新後の廃城令も切り抜けたが、1944年の火災で焼失した。その後、2000年に再建された。京都の二条城は別格としても、龍野城、川越城など天守閣ではない城の代表的な存在だ。全体的な設計や上段の間を設けるなど歴史的に再現している側面もあるが、展示室、シアター室などを設けて現代的な機能も多い。入場券は歴史美術館・武家屋敷安間家資料館・青山歴史村・篠山城大書院のセットもある。

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    158 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Tamondori 3-1-1
    "A Shinto shrine conveniently located a three-minute walk from Kobe Station and Kosoku Kobe Station as well as a five-minute walk from Okurayama Station and Harborland Station. The shrine is dedicated to Kusunoki Masashige, who worked to take down the Kamakura shogunate government and later battled the army of Ashikaga Takauji. Locally, the shrine is known as ""Nanko-san."" The grounds encompass a graveyard and battleground designated National Historic Sites. The Nanko Festival, started as an unofficial festival by private citizens on May 25, 1872, is now held every five years; during the festival, a parade is conducted with people dressed in traditional samurai costumes. The shrine also holds wedding ceremonies throughout the year."

    Kobe people say 'Nanko-san' here and feel kindly. There ae a lot of traditional events here. In my son's case, Here is the first place for him to visit. For Japanese people, First visiting shrine is...

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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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