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  • 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.
  • Kobe Port Tower
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    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.
  • Kitano Ijinkan
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    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.
  • Mt. Rokko
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Ichigatani 1-32
    Mr. Rokko has a variety of leisure facilities including a golf course, snow park, botanical garden and outdoor obstacle course. The mountain-top’s Rokko Garden Terrace has a fashionable café restaurant and shops selling miscellaneous goods and souvenirs, and there is also the Rokko-Shidare Observatory that looks almost like a single bush. Mt. Rokko is also a famous place to enjoy the night scenery, and looking down from the observatory close to Rokko Sanjo Station is a continuous night view that looks across Kobe’s townscape all the way to Osaka Bay, which has been chosen as a Japanese Night View Heritage spot.
  • Venus Bridge
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Koubekoujikata Inside the driveway again
    A spiral-shaped bridge forming a figure eight over the Futatabisan Driveway on the way from the Kinsei-dai observatory to the observatory on top of Mt. Suwayama. In the evening, visitors to the bridge can enjoy a view of the Port of Kobe, Meriken Park, and the surrounding nightscape, and the structure is an extremely popular sightseeing destination due to the ease with which it can be reached and because of its excellent view. The Venus Terrace observatory is located a little further up the mountain, and the Love Lock Monument can also be found here-a popular destination for couples, sweethearts make vows of love in the name of Venus, goddess of love, writing them on a lock and snapping it onto the monument to seal their promise.
  • Hachimaki Observatory
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Within the Table Rokko Driveway
    An observatory located halfway up Mt. Rokko reachable via the Omote Rokko Driveway. Relatively low in elevation compared with the nearby Kikuseidai and Tenrandai Observatory, this observatory offers a closer view of the Kobe cityscape, and the night view is particularly atmospheric. Visitors can enjoy the twinkling lights of the city beyond groves of trees, as well as the sight of Port Island and Rokko Island floating in the sea further out. Due to its ease of access, many tourists and couples gather here at night to take in this popular destination's view.
  • Kikuseidai
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Mayasanchou 2-2
    An observatory located right next to Hoshi no Eki Station on the Maya Viewline ropeway and cable car connecting the foot and peak of Mt. Maya. Boasting a sweeping view encompassing not just the Kobe area but also stretching all the way to Osaka Bay and the Kii Peninsula, the observatory's scenery is some of the most picturesque in the Kansai region. The nightscape created by the glittering lights of Kobe and Osaka is considered one of the three best in Japan. The sight of the streetlights in the area coming on after sunset is particularly stunning. Visitors should also be sure to check out the magical Maya Kirakira Komichi, a walking path embedded with sparkling, luminescent flakes.
  • East Rokko Observatory
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    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koshimizu Shakegouyama Inside the driveway
    An observatory located close to the Hoden Gate and the Ashiya Gate on the Royu Driveway. A part of Setonaikai National Park, the observatory has been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 most beautiful night views due to the splendor of the city lights and starry sky visible from its location 645 meters above sea level. Used to film scenes for television dramas, visitors are also encouraged to enjoy a sunrise or sunset from the observatory. The observatory's most attractive feature is its expansive panoramic view which encompasses Osaka International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Awaji Island, Tomogashima Island, and the western Kansai region. A cafe operates at the observatory on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays and offers takeout. Visitors can also pick up tourism pamphlets here.

    Mt. Rokkō offers great views of two regional cities- Kobe and Osaka. This particular overlook shows you views of Osaka from afar, and includes a map indicating where you are and at what elevation...

  • Maiko Marine Promenade
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou 2051
    An excursion style promenade installed on the girders of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in a corner of Maiko Park a five-minute walk from Maiko Station on the JR San'yo Main Line and Sanyo Electric Railway Maiko-koen Station. The 317-meter long promenade is positioned 47 meters above the surface of the ocean below. The walkway is modeled after an old-fashioned log bridge and features glass window floors on either side of a log, enabling visitors can enjoy a thrilling aerial walk high above the ocean in perfect safety. Information on the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is presented in the first-floor entranceway area. A camera system in the eighth-floor observation lounge enables visitors to experience what the view is like at the top of the one of the 300-meter-tall bridge's towers.

    It is a BRIDGE! In fact the longest suspension bridge in the world! Fantastic engineering achievement.

  • Izushi Castle Town
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    Izuishi-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture
    "A town area located in Izuishi-cho, Toyooka City which has been designated a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. This former castle town, designed using a grid pattern, is also known as the ""Little Kyoto of Tajima."" The area is one of the top soba noodle destinations in the Kansai region, and many soba restaurants stand eve to eve here serving Izuishi soba, a local specialty. Other tourist destinations include the Izuishi Eirakukan, a small performing arts theater established in the Meiji period; museums operating out of former wealthy merchant's residences and other old buildings; and the Shinkoro Clock Tower."

    Found out about this little gem from the ryokan owner in Kinosaki. Easy to get here by bus (or bus/train combo) from Kinosaki. Most folks opt for a day-trip, but we stayed two nights at the Izushi...

  • Samurai Residence of the Kaminoyama Domain
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    Hyogo Pref. Himejishi Honmachi 68
    This is a Japanese garden in Himeji City. The gardens were opened in 1992 and make the best use of the ruins of the samurai residence at Himeji Castle Nishioyashiki-ato. The gardens are on grounds of approximately 3.3 hectare and command a view of the World Heritage Site, Himeji Castle—and the gardens contains a group of nine different types of garden such as “The garden of the Lord’s residence” which has a large pond that is home to 250 colourful carp and a waterfall. The gardens are also used as a location for historical dramas as the gardens have scenery reminiscent of the Edo period such as the Tsuiji wall (mud wall with a tiled roof) and the Yashiki-mon Gate. It is well known as a site famed for its autumn leaves, and also holds an illumination during the season.

    A quick stop off the Shinkansen gets you the views of these beautiful gardens as well as the castle, so plan accordingly if you are passing through.

  • Akashi Kaikyo Bridge
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Tarumi-ku Higashimaikochou - Hyogo Prefecture Awaji Iwaya
    Spanning the Akashi Kaikyo Straits and connecting Kobe City to Awajishima Island, this is the world’s longest suspension bridge with a total length of 3,911 meters. Construction started in 1988 and it was completed 10 years later in 1998. The main pillars of the bridge reach a height of approximately 300 meters from the surface of the water below, and at night the suspension cables are illuminated in a variety of colors. There is also a tour available called Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi Bridge World that allows visitors to pass through the inspection passageways in the main towers, which are normally off limits, while listening to information about the bridge’s technology and history (reservation required).
  • Onaruto Bridge
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    From Hyogo ken Minami-Awaji-shi to Tokushima ken Naruto city
    "This suspension bridge at the narrowest part of the Naruto Strait connects Minami-Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture to Naruto City, Tokushima Prefecture. A key transportation link for the Shikoku and Kinki regions, it is used as one of the Honshu-Shikoku connection bridges for the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Known as a tourist destination in Tokushima Prefecture, Uzunomichi (an approximately 450 meter promenade installed under the bridge girders) is appealing because you can see the whirling currents of Naruto under your feet and the scenery of the Naruto Strait. In addition, chosen as one of Japan's top 100 roads, the bridge appeared almost every day on an old local television program called ""Ohayo Tokushima""."
  • Observation deck on the 24th Floor of Kobe City Hall Building #1
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Kanouchou 6-5-1
    This is a free observation lobby on the 24th floor of the Kobe City Hall Municipal Office no.1 building, located around a six-minute walk from Sannomiya Station, and a spot where one can see Kobe’s scenery from an elevation of 100 meters. Views stretch from Roko Island to Kobe City, the Port of Kobe and the Roko mountain range. As it is open until 10 p.m. it is also a popular spot to catch night views, such as the glittering lights of the city or the light of decorative illumination on the mountainsides. There are also cafes and restaurants available where one can eat while savoring the view.

    I did enjoy beef kobe . Its very soft and good smell . The chef let us know how to cook it , very fast but clever . I have never forgot that taste

  • Osaka International Airport “La Sora”
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    Osaka Prefecture Toyonaka-shi 3 - 555 Los Angeles West-cho Osaka International Airport Terminal Building 4 F
    This is the observation deck located on the fourth floor of the Terminal Building at “Osaka International Airport (commonly called Itami Airport)” in Toyonaka City, Osaka. From the open wooden deck, visitors can see aircraft taking off and landing on the runway up close. It is a space of soothing greenery where flowers from around the world bloom in the garden on the large deck. It is a relaxing space for both families and couples with a shop selling interior goods and an observation restaurant. Entrance is free.
  • Rokko Shidare Observatory
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Gokaiyama 1877-9
    This observation deck is located in “Rokko Garden Terrace” in Nada Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It boasts a unique design conceived of by architect Hiroshi Sanbuichi. The frames, walls, and floors use Japanese cedar from Yoshino, and the frame interior spreads like foliage, exuding a gentle scent. The observation deck offers a splendid view not only of Kobe City, but also Akashi Strait, Osaka Bay, and Kansai Airport. At night, there is an event in which the entire frame is illuminated by LEDs that can display over 10 million colors, creating an almost otherworldly sight amidst the Kobe night skyline.

    Its a special structure and has some design background to it. We went in the day and night since at night it lit up. The night was cold and very windy and lucky we were all geared up. The interior...

  • Kobe Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Sannomiyachou 1-3
    This shopping district is available from Sannomiya Station on all lines. It is lined with shops from “Flower Road” all the way to Koikawasuji. It features a rare two-floor arcade design, which affords it a very open feel. You’ll find clothing, general goods, interior goods, books, restaurants, and many other shops here. Major stores such as Kobe Marui and Sannomiya Vivre are also available, and on days off nearly 100,000 people crowd this trendy district.
  • Mt. Rokko Tenran Observatory
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Nada-ku Rokkousanchou Ichigatani 1-32 Rokko Cable Rokko Mountain Station
    An observation tower right near Rokko Cable Line Rokko Sanjo Station in Nada Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, it garnered the name Tenran Observatory because it was visited by Emperor Showa. It is one of Japan’s “scenic night spots.” You can see not only the surrounding city of Kobe, but also Osaka and Wakayama in the distance in what is said to be a “10 million dollar” night view. Enjoy some food and coffee in TENRAN CAFE as you take in the sights. It’s popular as a date spot, too.
  • Suwayama Park Venus Terrace
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    Hyogo Kobe-shi Chuo-ku Suwayamacho
    This observation facility is located inside Suwayama Park in the Suwayama-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe City. It is on the approximately 90-meter long spiral-shaped Venus Bridge. In addition to being known as a spot where you can enjoy the night view of Kobe, there is also a “love key monument” to which couples attach a lock and pledge eternal love to each other.
  • Mayasan Kikuseidai
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    Hyogo Kobe-shi Nada-ku Mayasancho

Hyogo Main 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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