Spots in Awaji Island Area

  • Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
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    4.0
    312 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyogo Awaji-shi Kusumoto 3805-7
    "A renowned destination for flowers worthy of its location on the ""Island of Flowers,"" this park was established by the Hyogo Prefecture in April 1998. ""Hanasajiki"" literally means ""flower theater gallery"" and is derived from a desire that visitors will stroll among the park's flowers stretching away like a carpet and find their own ""gallery seat."" Seasonal flower fields sprawl across grounds equal to four Koshien Stadiums in size. Visitors can enjoy rapeseed and Chinese violet cress flowers in spring, spider flowers and sunflowers in summer, cosmos and salvia in autumn, and hoary stock in winter. Great effort has been put into the design of the park's flower fields in order to delight the eyes of visitors."

    We went here with my folks who were visiting and it really dies have some great views. My parents are really into painting so did some of the landscapes. They’re currently building another place so I...

  • Roadside Station Uzushio
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    4.0
    270 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 947-22
    This road station is on Prefectural Route 237 Fukurahei, Minami Awaji City. Its gift shop sells souvenirs and specialty items like dressing made with the renowned Awaji Island onions, and their restaurant offers set meals, rice bowls, and multi-course fare featuring Awaji beef and local seafood including Awaji Island Sannen Torafugu (three-year tiger puffer fish). The Awajishima Onion Kitchen serves their Awaji Island Onion Beef Burger and onion soft serve ice cream.

    Personally think this is a must. Was sceptical and tot cl view from a viewing gallery. Alas glad i went. Experience was unique especially with a demonstrating yacht nearby spinning in the eddy...

  • Awaji Yumebutai
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    4.0
    199 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 2
    This leisure complex is in Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture. Designed by the architect Tadao Ando, as a whole it forms a unique, dynamic Kaiyu style, Japanese style garden with a path around a central pond. It hosted the Japan Flora 2000 international flower, gardening and landscape exhibition. The elaborate gardens feature the Hyakudan-en, a hundred stepped flower bed where guests can enjoy seasonal flowers year-round. The lookout has a view of the grounds and Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park. They have three restaurants serving Japanese, Western, and Chinese cuisine, and two shops where you can purchase Awaji Island souvenirs. It's wheelchair accessible, pet friendly, and fun for the whole family.

    What a fabulous use of space. The flowers were gorgeous and the stairs that allow you to walk among them is such a great idea! Really worth walking around and listening to the water running down the...

  • Izanagi Jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    204 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Takosenbei no Sato
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    4.0
    202 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Nakada 4155-1
    This factory and shop deals in snacks made with sea products. Reservations aren't required for their tours where you can watch them making octopus rice crackers from the viewing area. The shop offers about 40 varieties and there are samples available of most of them for you to try. Their thin baked Tako-usu Yaki rice crackers made with octopus, squid, and shrimp come recommended. They're flavorful, firm, and crispy. There is also a break area with free coffee.

    We stopped here after visiting the shrine. Interesting place as they make various flavored rice crackers that you can try/taste and buy if you wish. Free coffee, nice clean tables and friendly staff...

  • Hotel New Awaji Plaza Awajishima
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    4.0
    177 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Amafukiagemachi 1433-2
    This hotel is in Amafukiage-machi, Minami Awaji City. 100% of the natural, therapeutic Minami-Awaji Onsen hot spring water wells up on the premises. It's sulfur and calcium containing sodium-chloride spring has high heat retaining, moisturizing, and skin protecting properties, including from ultra-violet rays. A soak also helps alleviate symptoms of a variety of ailments. The hotel's open-air bath has a view of the sea off Awaji Island and Naruto Strait. It's a nice spot to watch the sunset, too. Their indoor Shiozaki Onsen in particular is said to be good for the skin. They have a day-use plan that includes lunch.

    This hotel is set with a great view of the Ohnaruto Bridge. The womens outdoor hot springs bath (rotemburo) is spectacular. Many tasty dishes of both Western and Japanese cuisine are served at the...

  • 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.
  • Uzunooka Onarutokyo Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 936-3
    This complex facility is in Fukurahei, Minami Awaji City. Its Uzushio Science Museum with its hydraulic models and giant spherical screen gives a visual education about the natural processes that generate whirlpools. Their Zekkei Restaurant Uzu no Oka offers dishes made with Awaji Island seafood, the Shop Uzu no Oka Aji Ichiba sells Awaji specialty items and souvenirs, and the Awajishima Onion Kitchen serves their Awajishima Onion Beef Burger.

    神戸市内から、玉ねぎUFOキャッチャーを追い求めてこちらに伺いました。 まさに玉ねぎ一色の場所でしたが、高台にあって景色がとてもよく、多くの撮影スポットがあったりエンターテイメント性が高く楽しめました。 淡路島に行ったら立ち寄るべき場所かとおもいます。

  • Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
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    4.5
    93 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Sumoto Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    105 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Orodani 1272-1
    A castle ruin located on 130-meter Mt. Mikumayama located on the south side of the city's urban area. The castle served as a center for the ruling of Awaji Province from the Warring States period to the Edo period. The castle's fortress, an excellent example of Warring States period architecture, is well preserved and has been designated a National Historic Site as well as a Cultural Property by Hyogo Prefecture. The current castle tower was built as an observatory in 1928 and is Japan's oldest imitation castle tower (entry is prohibited at the present time). The surrounding grounds are maintained as a park which offers a sweeping view of the Kitan Strait and which is also a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.

    This was actually a hike up Mount Mikuma which had a very steep incline but wasnt all that difficult to hike upwards. The start of the climb is near a hotel called Yumekaiyu. Look for signs for...

  • Kiseki no Hoshi Botanical Museum at Awaji Yumebutai in Hyogo Prefecture
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    4.5
    122 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Yumekaiyu Awajishima
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Yamate 1-1-50
    A resort hotel surrounded by sea and mountain located in the center of Sumoto City. The hotel has two bathhouses-the detached Umine no Mori spa and the Umikaze spa floor. In Umine no Mori, you can enjoy a bath while gazing at beautiful pine forest and, at night, enjoy the light of tasteful illuminating lights glinting off the water surface. The Kaifu floor has a large bath area decorated in a motif paying homage to local legends and folktales, a private reservable family bath, stone sauna, and post bath lounge. The waters of the hotel's alkaline simple hot spring have a smooth texture and moisturize the skin. The hotel offers a day trip plan which includes hot spring bathing, stone sauna access, and a traditional kaiseki course meal.

    My girlfriend and I stayed here for one night around New Years. Parking is free with your stay, check-in was smooth and the concierge helped take our luggage upstairs to our room. Our room was...

  • Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Yumebutai 8-10
    "This park is adjacent to the Awaji Yumebutai leisure complex. Designed to be a ""leisurely garden by the sea,"" it's full of flowers and greenery and has a resort feel. The spacious grounds have a large lawn, the Yumekko Land playground with 150 types of equipment, the large Children's Forest play area, and lots of other facilities for family fun. There's also a pond where you can ride swan boats, and kids can play in the water at their ""Jyabu Jyabu Pond"" that's open from spring to fall."

    大阪市内から車で行きましたが、1時間少しで着きました。ずっと高速道路で行けます。駐車場も広いです。国営なので入園料も安いし子供は無料です。園内はめちゃくちゃ広くて国営でなければできない規模だと思います。ちょうど今はチューリップの季節で、見たこともないような珍しい種類のものも含めて沢山咲き乱れていました。花の色も形も様々でチューリップでこんなに感激したのは初めてでした。16時で閉園なので早めに行って...

  • Roadside Station Awaji
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Iwaya 1873-1
    "This roadside station is about five minutes by car from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Awaji Interchange at the northernmost point of Awaji Island. Its souvenir shop offers lots of items that can only be purchased there. They have local craft beer, Awaji grown onions and other produce, and prepared onion products like dressing and onion chips. Their Kaisen-kan Eatery has lots of rice bowls, including raw shirasu baby sardines on rice and grilled conger eel on rice. The ""Awa be-"" shop offers hearty burgers packed with lots of Awaji beef."

    淡路島に家族旅行で行った際に、おうかがいさせていただきました。道の駅のようなところにはいっているお店で、気軽においしい海鮮ランチを頂くことができます!

  • Roadside Station Higashiura Terminal Park
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Ura 648
    This roadside station is about three minutes by car from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Higashiura Interchange. Their Yamako shop sells whole grilled octopus served as-is that's been featured in the media countless times. Down by the sea, the Nakahama Minoru's Cat Art Museum features the leading artist's feline ink paintings. It is the world's first museum dedicated to cat art, and they hold ink painting classes once a month. Specialty products are available for purchase at their Higashiura Bussankan shop.

    たこの姿焼きが有名な道の駅です。 たこの姿焼き目的で訪問する人が多いと思いますが、道の駅で売っている野菜が安くて美味しいのでオススメです。

  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

  • Itsukushima Shrine
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Honmachi 4-1-27
    "A Shinto shrine located in the center of Sumoto City 10 minutes from the Sumoto interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Dedicated to the same goddess as Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima island of Aki (Hiroshima)-Ichikishimahime-no-Mikoto. During the period when the syncretism of Buddhism and Shintoism flourished in Japan, this goddess was seen as another aspect of Benzaiten, and as such the shrine is also known as the ""Awaji Island Benzaiten."" Known to locals as ""Benten-san,"" during the shrine's fall festival, called the Benzaiten Festival, festival stalls open up all along the surrounding streets, and the area bustles with visitors. The ""Goshinko"" deity transference ceremony conducted on the final day of the festival is considered one of Japan's top ""unusual"" festival rituals."

    弁財天と習合されたいちきしまひめのみことを祀っております。創建年代は、江戸時代の前半と伝えられております。

  • Nojima scuola
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Nojimahikinoura 843
    This shopping complex housed in the refurbished former Nojima Elementary School lets guests enjoy art, cuisine, and nature. Its Nojima Marche offers local vegetables and Awaji Island souvenirs, and the Nojima Bakery keeps about 60 varieties of baked goods on offer. There's a shoe-free Kids' Space on the third floor, and the World Flea Market sells clothing and miscellaneous goods from around the world. Their popular Cafe Scuola serves fresh pasta and curry, and you can bring your pet along to dine on their terrace. The complex's Ristorante Scuola is the only Kansai establishment run by Mr. Masayuki Okuda. There you can dine on Italian cuisine made with Awaji Island ingredients.

    パンや野菜、ピザが食べ放題でパスタやカレーなどが選べます。高台の学校をレストランにしたところで、雰囲気も良くお勧めです。

  • Honpukuji Temple, Mizumido
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Ura 1310
    This temple is located about five minutes by car from Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Higashiura Interchange. Belonging to the Omuro school of Shingon sect of Buddhism, the temple is the 59th stop on the Awaji Shikoku Pilgrimage. Its famous reinforced concrete main hall, Mizumido, was designed by Tadao Ando. Looking out over Osaka Bay, built into the hillside, it has a concrete ensconced lotus pond as its roof. The pond features floating water lilies and oga hasu, an ancient variety cultivated about 2,000 years ago.

    Been wanting to see this temple for years. Arrived and met a travelling group of acrobats and performance artists hanging out around the lotus pond area, striking poses and taking pictures of...

  • Fukura Marche
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Kou 1530-2
    This specialty market is located in Fukurako, Minami Awaji City. Dealing only in products from Awaji Island, they offer fresh produce like Awaji's renowned onions, fresh fish caught in local waters, and prepared products made with the bounty of the island. Dine on items like seafood rice bowls you put together yourself with your choice of sashimi, Awaji Island pizza with heaps of local onion, and seasonal fare.

    バーベキュー前の食材を購入しました。 キャベツや里芋なども、普段スーパーで見かけないめずらしい品種があり「キャベツあまい!」とバーベキューで感動。帰りにお土産を買うために再度おとづれました。 店員さんが食材の調理方法も教えてくれました。

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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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