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Historical Monument Spots in Hyogo Area

  • 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 Shosen Mitsui Building
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    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.
  • Ship Kobe Kaigan Building
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kaigandori 3
    An office building standing on Kaigan-dori Street in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The building was originally constructed to serve as the Kobe branch office for Mitsui & Co. in 1918. The modern stone building was completely destroyed by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The granite outer walls were salvaged and reused for the facade of a new skyscraper built on the same spot. Accordingly, today the building has a unique design consisting of a retro stone building style base from which rise a towering glass skyscraper. The structure is still used as an office building.
  • Old Hyogo Prefectural Office Building
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shimoyamatedori 4-4-1
    This structure once served as a Hyogo Prefectural Government Building. Built in 1902, from 1985 onward the building has been used by the prefectural government as a reception hall. A magnificent example of Baroque architecture, the building has been designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. Today, the building serves as an art and history museum and is decorated with works by Japanese Western-style painters such as Ryohei Koiso, Heizo Kanayama, Kaii Higashiyama, and Tadanori Yokoo. The prefectural museum portion of the building is open from Monday to Saturday. The reception hall portion is only open to the general public on Saturday.

    Hyogoken Kokan (aka Hyogo House) is a public office building that is used by Hyogo Prefectural governments for events. It is sometimes used for movie locations and there are a lot of interesting...

  • Shuuentei
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    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Tatsunochounakakajou 6
    "A historic structure located in Tatsuno Park. Comprised of three buildings-a teahouse, hermitage, and cool summer lodge, the site's name, which means ""Assembled Distant Arbor,"" is derived from the picturesque scenery viewable from the front garden. From here visitors can get a sweeping view of Awaji Island and the other islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea. The place is also a renowned destination for fall foliage viewing. The teahouse which was originally given by Emperor Komei to Wakisaka Yasuori, lord of Tatsuno Domain was moved here as a fudo hall. The building is built in the traditional tea arbor style and blends in harmoniously with the nearby pond shaped like the cursive style of writing Chinese character for heart and garden. Monuments and stones inscribed with haiku stand on the bank of the pond. Tea ceremonies are also sometimes held here."
  • Kobe Customs
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Shinkouchou 12-1
    Serving as a symbol of the port town of Kobe, this active customs office, located a 15-minute walk south of JR Sannomiya Station, has been used to shoot movies and television dramas. The office' public relations museum contains informational panels presenting the history and roll of the customs office, as well as exhibits on smuggling methods, knockoff goods, and items subject to the CITES treaty. Visitors can also try their hand at guessing which of two items is the real deal and which is the knockoff. During the Open Customs event held each year in November, the office's former reception room for nobility, normally kept closed, is made open to the public, as well as the office's rooftop and other areas.

    三宮駅から歩いてフラワーロードを20分くらいのところにあります。神戸税関の前身は、慶応3年12月7日(1868年1月1日)は、徳川幕府によって開設された兵庫運上所。現在は二代目庁舎の姿をそのまま引継ぎ平成11年3月に落成しました。

  • Shinkoro Clock Tower
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    Hyougo Pref. Toyokashi Izushichouchimachi
    This clock tower is in the Toyooka City Izushi Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings in Izushi-cho, Toyooka City. Originally it was built as a drum tower in 1871 during the period when they were used to announce the time. It was converted in 1881 when a large clock was donated. It's been restored three times and is now a symbol of the town.

    出石の城下町にあるシンボルで、古い町並みにとてもよくあいます。 周辺には出石そばのお店がたくさんあって雰囲気がとてもよいです。

  • Moegi House
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 3-10-11
    This is a Western-style residence originally built for US Consul General Hunter Sharp in 1903, located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The two-story, light-green wooden building has been designated as one of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties. It has an extravagant design reminiscent of its era, with highlights being the two differently-shaped overhanging windows and the staircase with ornaments. There is also a wonderful view from the veranda, allowing one to see all the way to the Port of Kobe.

    Former residence of the US consul general, Sharp. This house is of a lovely green color. From the outside can see the tall chimneys. Inside , admire the arabesque pattern staircase and the heavy...

  • Yamate 8Ban Kan
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-20-7
    This is a Western-style residence in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, built as the home of Mr. Sansen of the Taisho period. It is a stylish building of three Tudor-style spires, with a beautiful stained glass door. Inside is a great number of Eastern and Western artworks including sculptures, paintings by famous artists such as Rodin and Rembrandt, and the particularly wonderful wooden carvings of the Makonde people. The famous Saturn Chair makes the sitter’s dreams come true and has been featured on television.
  • The English House
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-3-16
    This is a Western settler’s home planned and built by British doctor Fudersack. It is a typical colonial construction with beautiful veranda, and inside the furnishings are elegant items from the 17th to 19th Century. There is also a room which is a reconstruction of the dwellings of famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The beautiful English garden is a sight to behold, as is the reconstruction of London’s Baker Street underground station. At night the place becomes an English pub where alcohol of the world can be enjoyed. The nearest station is Shin-Kobe Station.

    We found this place later one night and absolutely loved it. Great ambiance, food and bar with accommodating staff and great service. Prices are reasonable as well.

  • Uroko-no-ie / Uroko Museum
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-20-4
    Located in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Uroko-no-ie was the first Ijinkan (former residences of early foreign settlers) building to be opened to the public and has been designated as a registered Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. It was built in the settlement as a leased house for foreigners in 1885, and was later moved to its current location. It is called “House of the Scales” because the outer walls are covered with natural slate making it look like fish scales. The building holds a collection of antique furniture which gives a sense of history, as well as works of art, including famous Meissen porcelain and Western paintings. The view from the third floor overlooking the city of Kobe is also a must see.
  • Kaori no Ie Orandakan
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-15-10
    The Kaori no Ie Orandakan, which has been selected as one of Hyogo’s top 100 modern homes, is a two story hipped roofed wooden building of the mid-Taisho period and was used as a residence for the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for a long time until it was opened to the public in 1987 after I.S. Wolhin had lived there. The front yard is adorned with tulips typical of the Netherlands and flowers of every season. It is approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Shin-Kobe Station. Located within the Kitano Ijinkan area.

    異人館の1つであるオランダ館です。 中には入りませんでしたが、 建物の造りが古く無く、屋根も含めて新しい造りとなっています。 観る価値ナシです。

  • Kazamidori Mansion
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 3-13-3
    Designated as a national Important Cultural Property of Japan, Kazamidori Mansion is a former residence of Gottfried Thomas and the only brick building left standing in the former foreign settlement area in the Kitano and Yamamoto districts. The weathercock standing on top of this austere building is very well known. Located about 15 minutes on foot from Sannomiya Station on the JR, Hankyu, Hanshin and Subway lines.

    Wonderful example of 1900’s European living in Kobe. Certainly worth taking a walk around inside to see how they lived back then

  • Yokan Nagaya (French House)
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    28 Reviews
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-3-18
    This is a western-style building relocated in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, originally built in the old foreign settlement as an apartment catering to foreigners in 1908. It is a unique building where two Western-style buildings are symmetrically connected, and because of this became known as the “Western row house”. The interior is unified with French furnishings and artworks, and on display are Art Nouveau works by Emile Galle, the Dome brothers as well as a painting by Chagall. A must see is an early era trunk of the popular “Louis Vuitton” brand.

    あまり、フランスという雰囲気は感じられなかったが、中の展示物はそれなりに楽しめた。テーブルセッティングなどにクリスマス感を感じられた。

  • Kitano Gaikokujin Club
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kitanochou 2-18-2
    This gable roof Western-style residence was built in the latter part of the Meiji period, and it is also referred to as the “old Furyuga house.” When the Port of Kobe was opened, this place served as a bustling members-only social club for foreign residents, and it has been reconstructed for modern visitors. There are many stately and luxurious furnishings that exude the former elegant atmosphere even now. Must-see sights include a fireplace used during the Bourbons reign and an old firewood-style kitchen, an antique organ, a musical score from the Renaissance Period, a 19th-century horse carriage, and more.

    I think the idea about Kitano Foreigner Club is very interesting, but Im sorry to say, I found it, how should I put it, unexciting. Most of the houses are not big, except for the weathercock house...

  • Yodoko Guest House (Former House of Yamamura Family)
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    Hyogo Pref. Ashiyashi Yamatechou 3-10
    Built as a villa for Tazaemon Yamamura, the eighth president of the Nada Brewery, this building is located in Yamatecho, Ashiya City, Hyogo Prefecture. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, considered one of the most famous architects of the 20th century, and it has been designated an Important Cultural Property. The four-floor structure is made from reinforced concrete, and each floor is offset slightly due to the building being on a hill, giving it a unique structure in which each floor has one or two levels. The building is open to the public, and it has won awards for its excellent design and stylish interior. *Closed until 2018 for repairs. Reopening date not yet determined.

    This is vintage FLW. Go there if youre a fan. If youre not one already, go visit too and become one.. The place, just 20 minute by train from Osaka, is the perfect fusion of FLW principles and...

  • Taisho Roman-kan
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    Hyogo Sasayama-shi Kitashinmachi 97
    A gift shop and restaurant located in Kitashin-machi, Tanbasasayama City. Operating out of the former Sasayama Town Hall, built in 1923 during Japan’s Taisho period, there’s a store selling gifts and souvenirs made with local Tanba-Sasayama specialty products, a special events corner, and a cafe serving black soybean soft serve ice cream. In the restaurant, you can enjoy “yoshoku” Japanese-style Western food made with local specialty products, set meals, and black soybean juice.

    建物外観はそれ(大正)らしく造られているが、内部は只の喫茶と売店です。猛暑だったので空調が利いているこの場所は休憩には有難い場所です。

  • Kyu Hunter Jutaku
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Aotanichou 1-1-4 prince zoo
  • Ishoan
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Higashinada-ku Sumiyoshihigashimachi 1-6-50

    細雪を読み始めた頃にこちらに訪問したので、後も読み進める間、具体的に風景をイメージ出来て感慨深いものがありました。一階には関係書籍も揃っていたり、当時の写真なども飾っています。

  • Kawaramachi Tumanyushokagun
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    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kawaramachi

Hyogo Areas

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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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