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  • Himeji Castle
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    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."
  • The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
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    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."

    This place was pretty cool, with plenty of historical information and time capsules. I felt strangely like I was suddenly thrust into an episode of Dr Who for some reason.

  • Kobe World Hall
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    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.

    体育館なのか、スケートリンクなのか、コンサート会場なのか、見本市の建物か、よくわかりませんが、いずれにしても外観が目立ちます。アルマジロの背中が錆びついたイメージの屋根です。よくもことようなおもしろいものを建てたなと、感心しました。

  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
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    4.0
    181 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.

    A stroll around the building and its interiors is in itself a tour of architectural beauty. Designed by famed Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the museum speaks of Japanese and foreign modern art in...

  • Hyogo Performing Arts Center
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    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.

    佐渡裕さんプロデュースの複合ホールです。大ホールは兵庫県では規模、音響とも最高レベル、関西全体で見ても上位にあるホールと思います。その分、4階席は相当高い場所にあるため、演目によってはオペラグラスは必須でしょう。無料で登録できるチケット会員になれば一般公開よりも先に予約可能です。オンラインだと席種だけですが、近場の方はチケット売り場に行けば個別の席指定も可能です。同じS席でも場所の差が大きいので...

  • Ikuta Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Takeda Castle Ruins
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    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.
  • Nakayama-dera Temple
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    4.0
    183 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    It is strange I live here in Takarazuka city long line but I never came here to see Nakayamadera. I am happy to have this experience too. Beautiful place I am sure to return here I think during New...

  • Kobe Bunka Hall
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    3.5
    18 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.

    古いホールですが、後方の席からでも舞台が見やすいです。 大ホールに入るには大階段を上がりますが、エスカレーターあるのに何故動かさないのか謎です。高齢の観客が多いコンサートだったので、大変そうでした。

  • Izushi Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    74 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.

    The pathway up to the castle ruins is covered by the Arikoyama-inari, lovely red tori gates. Nice grounds with a shrine at the very top of the stairs. Understand you can continue the hike up to the...

  • Minatogawa Shrine
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    4.0
    186 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."

    One of the first things that struck me about Minatogawa Shrine besides its beauty was how peaceful it is. There werent a lot of tourists at the shrine and it was nice to walk around and enjoy the...

  • Ako Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Akoushi Kamikariya 1
    "Ako Castle Ruins are located around 20 minutes' walk from JR Banshu Ako Station, or around 10 minutes' drive from the Ako Interchange of Sanyo Expressway. The castle was constructed over a 13-year period, starting from 1648, under the supervision of Asano Naganao; it is famous because of its connection with the ""47 Ronin"" of the Ako domain. Ako Castle was a flatland castle built on the coast of a type that was very unusual in early modern Japan, with a peculiarly-shaped outer wall; the twists and turns in the stone walls, and the unusual angles at which the gates are positioned, show that this was a castle built very much with defense against attack in mind. A Tenshudai (platform for a Tenshu, or Main Tower) was built, but no Tenshu was built on it. Ako Castle Ruins have been designated as a National Historic Site and as a Site of Scenic Beauty; the site has also been developed as an urban park."
  • Izanagi Jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    201 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Taga 740
    "This Shinto shrine is Japan's oldest and is dedicated to Izanagi and Izanami, the husband and wife gods stated to have created Japan according to the ancient ""Kojiki"" and ""Nihon shoki."" This shrine is also the only high status imperial ""jingu"" shrine in Hyogo Prefecture. A split ""husband and wife"" giant camphor tree on the grounds is 900 years old and believed to grant worshippers such blessings as matrimonial happiness, easy childbirth, and luck in finding love and marriage. Each month on the 22nd, the shrine is specially opened to visitors at night, and the main shrine and torii gate are lit up, while candles along the approach to the shrine create a magical atmosphere. During the cherry blossoming season, the shrine lights up its cherry trees at night and holds a ""Sakura Kairo Museum"" event with stage performances."

    We drove from Somoto where we stayed. Upon arrival, two carpark were available. Maybe it was Sunday, some ceremonial event tajen place. We strolled along the side entrance since we parked our car...

  • Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple
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    4.5
    88 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Maitani Kiyoshi 1
    "This Buddhist temple in Maitani Kiyoshi, Takarazuka City was founded in 896. It was bestowed with the title of ""Japan's First Kiyoshikojin"" by Emperor Uda. Mixing Buddhist and native Shinto elements, it's primary god Kojin is known as a deity of fire, the hearth, and the kitchen. People in their unlucky years keep hibashi fire tongs thought to be blessed by Kojin as talismans during the period, and later dedicate them to the deity at the temple's Hibashi-Nojo Hall. The precincts also feature the Tessai Museum, which displays the work of the calligrapher Tessai Tomioka."

    We enjoyed the walk to the temple from the station. It is lined with interesting shops and restaurants. We visited in Winter so the trees were without leaves and it was quite cold. The turtle pond...

  • Kobe City Museum
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    Despite the Museum being closed, it continues to promotes itself on all tourist brochures being handed out at Tourist Information. We took the trouble to walk there then finding out it was closed...

  • Hirota-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    72 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Taishachou 7-7
    Written about in the Nihon Shoki, this is Hyogo Prefecture's oldest shrine. You can reach it by taking a Hankyu or Hanshin bus to the Hirota Jinja Mae stop. There's a view of Mt. Rokko to the rear of the shrine with its legend of Empress Jingu and you can see from Nishinomiya's townscape to Omaehama Beach and Osaka Bay from the front. Besides daily rituals, they hold the Tsuki Hajime Sai and Hatsu Hoko Sai on the 1st of every month, the Tsukinami no Matsuri on the 16th, as well as various events throughout the year that attract visitors from all over Japan. The shrine's kobanomitsuba azaleas have been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument, and they hold an Azalea Festival in April.

    this shrine is one of the nearest from my home. I sometimes visit here with my dog. This shrine has long long history from 8 century. You can experience calm mind in front of the main building.

  • Mondo Yakujin Tokoji Temple
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Mondonishimachi 2-26
    This Buddhist temple is about 10 minutes by taxi from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station. One of Japan's three Yakujin temples, it enshrines Yakujin Myoo, who is said to ward off all misfortune. Features besides the front gate which was completely destroyed by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and then rebuilt include an inner tower gate and the Yakujindo sub-shrine. Besides Yakujin Myoo, the temple also honors Fudo Myoo, Aizen Myoo, Daikokuten, the principal object of worship Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai, and Kukai, later known as Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon sect of Buddhism. The spacious precincts feature an area with sand from each of the stops on Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage along with representations of their principle objects of worship, giving you a chance to replicate the pilgrimage with ease.

    嵯峨天皇が629年に空海に命じ 愛染明王と不動明王が一体になった 厄神明王を刻んだ一体。他2体は石清水八幡宮と高野山の天野大社へ。 ただし現存は此処の門戸厄神のみ。 500円でそえごまの祈祷をお願いしました。 非常に静かな霊場です。

  • Sasayama Castle Ruins
    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.
  • Kobe Shosen Mitsui Building
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kaigandori 5
    An office building which was erected more than a century ago. A part of the Former Foreign Settlement area, the building has been designated a Heritage of Industrial Modernization. Consisting of one underground floor and seven above ground, the building was an example of cutting-edge high-rise technology at the time of its construction. Designed in the American Renaissance style, the famous stone building serves as a symbol of the area. The structure still serves as an office building today and visitors are free to tour the hallways and toilets in the non-office areas. The exterior of the building is lit up at night for various seasonal events.

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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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