Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Awaji Island Area

  • Hyogo Prefectural Park Awaji Hanasajiki
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    4.0
    312 Reviews
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    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...

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

  • Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park
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    4.5
    93 Reviews
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    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...

  • Uzunooka Onarutokyo Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    103 Reviews
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    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。

  • Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
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    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...

  • Awaji Island Monkey Center
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    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.

  • Nojima scuola
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    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。

  • Awaji Island Anime Park (Nijigen no Mori)
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    4.0
    49 Reviews
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    Hyogo Awaji-shi Kusumoto 2425-2 Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park
    "This theme park is located inside Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park in Kusumoto, Awaji City. With a theme of ""Cool Japan x Technology x Nature,"" you can experience different attractions and activities in a rich natural environment such as those that stick to the world of 2D anime content, and those that make use of the latest technology. You can enjoy different attractions day and night, such as the ""Night Walk Firebird"" in the dark forest at night."

    Fantastic outdoor park for Naruto fans!! So thanks to our youngest family member, off we went! Take the direct Naruto bus from OCAT. You can buy a ¥500 shuttle bus ticket admission to explore and...

  • Awaji World Park ONOKORO
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Shiotanijima 8-5
    "This theme park is located 15 minutes by car from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Tsuna Ichinomiya Interchange. They have loads of activities and attractions for you to experience, ride, or do indoors that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Their Miniature World attraction features 1/25 scale replicas of famous buildings from around the world like Christchurch Cathedral and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They have lots of rides too, like a 60-meter Ferris wheel overlooking Osaka Bay, a merry-go-round, and their ""French cafe "" spinning tea cup ride."
  • Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Kusumoto 2425-2
    This municipal park is located in the hilly area of northern Awaji Island and has a view that stretches from Akashi Strait to Osaka Bay. They hold seasonal flower related events like a cherry blossom festival and a hydrangea festival, as well as programs like parent-child craft classes, star gazing, bird watching, and more. The spacious grounds are divided into four zones, including a recreation area with various playscapes that is popular with kids and parents alike. The Oasis Hall in the Highway Oasis Zone has facilities that include a shop, a restaurant serving Japanese and Western fare made with regional ingredients, a sushi shop, a cafe, and more.
  • CRAFT CIRCUS
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Nojimahirabayashi 2-2 Hirabayashi beach north
    A comprehensive resort facility located a 10-minute drive from the Hokudan Interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Situated along the open and airy coast, visitors can enjoy food, drink, shopping, and performances together with a view of the ocean off Awaji Island and sunsets selected for inclusion in a list of Japan Sunset Best 100. The Global Market area is filled with handmade works of art, knickknacks from around the world, and traditional arts and crafts. In the self-service restaurant, customers can enjoy dishes made with ingredients from Awaji Island; pets are allowed in the terrace seating area. Live music and other performances are held irregularly on weekends.

    淡路島にあるシーサイドレストラン[クラフトサーカス] 美しい海を眺めながら40cmのビッグサイズのパエリアがいただけます。 オープン当時はパエリアのメニューしかありませんでしたが、今はハンバーガーやピラフなどメニューも少し増えていました。 淡路島ドライブのデートコースには立ち寄るスポットとしてはおすすめです。

  • Wellness Park Goshiki, Kahee Takataya Park
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    Hyougo Pref. Sumotoshi Goshikichoutsushi 1087
    A large park located 30 minutes drive from the Hokudan interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. A salty sea breeze blows across the park's nature rich grounds, and the park has a caravan campground which also offers day trip camping. Some of the park's many other facilities include the GOGO Dome, an all-weather, multipurpose field which can be used for sports such as tennis and futsal; the Wanpaku Hiroba, a playground where children can play under the clear, blue sky; and the YUYU Five bathhouse, which has an outdoor bath among other bath varieties. The park also offers activities like vegetable picking, ceramics, and soba noodle making. The park also commemorates the achievements of the local Edo period wealthy merchant Takataya Kahei.
  • Ura Kenmin Sun Beach
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Ura 670
    A swimming beach located a five-minute drive from the Higashiura interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Commanding a view of Osaka Bay, the beach has been selected for inclusion in a list of Best Beach 100 of Japan due to the high clarity of its waters. Beachgoers can watch the planes taking off from and landing at Kansai International Airport and Kobe Airport and, on clear days, see mirages of islands in the Kii Channel. The beach has a parking area, changing rooms, showers, and coin lockers. The Higashiura Terminal Park roadside station is located nearby.
  • Awaji Service Area Big Ferris Wheel
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Iwaya 2568
    "A Ferris wheel located in the Awaji Service Area on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. 65-meter tall, riders can enjoy a journey through the sky that takes 15 minutes per revolution and enjoy a sweeping view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Kobe Airport from 135 meters above sea level. The Ferris wheel has 40 gondolas for six person equipped with air conditioning. In the ""see through"" gondolas, the seats, floor, walls, and everything else are transparent, and riders can take in 360 degree panoramic scenery. The pet gondolas are equipped with a small breed dog sized bed on the seat and allow riders to board with their beloved pet to enjoy the view together."
  • Taganohama Beach
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    Hyougo Pref. Awajishi Taga 2476-3
    "A swimming beach located a 15-minute drive from the Tsuna-Ichinomiya interchange on the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway. Under the theme of ""sound and light,"" a variety of measures have been taken to make the beach a fun and comfortable destination for everyone. A shallow beach, it boasts some of the cleanest waters in the country. The beach's waves are gentle and it is frequented particularly by families and groups of women. Various measures have also been taken with the physically challenged persons in mind, and the beach has showers, toilets, and changing rooms. During the swimming season from mid-July to late August, clubhouses operate on the beach as well. Fireworks, camping, and barbecuing are prohibited on the beach."
  • Awaji Janohire Fishing Park
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    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Amashioyamachi 2660
    This marine fishing facility is part of the Awaji Janohire Outdoor Resort in Amashioya-machi, Minami Awaji City. Visitors fish from a large raft floating on the calm water. They release a variety of fish species from their farming area according to the season including sea bass, tiger globefish, striped jack, Japanese amberjack, great amberjack, yellowtail, and red sea bream. They'll clean, scale, and fillet your catch for a fee. Family and private group plans are also available.
  • Awaji Janohire Auto Camping Site & Cottage
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    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Amashioyamachi 2660
    This car camping ground is part of the Awaji Janohire Outdoor Resort in Amashioya-machi, Minami Awaji City. The huge 51,000 square meter site has mountain and sea side tent sites, camping trailers, and various cottages including 12 that can accommodate pets. They also have a barbecue area, a restaurant, a fishing zone, and a facility where you can interact with dolphins.
  • Uzushio Science Museum
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    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Fukura Hei 936-3
    This science facility is part of the Uzunooka Onarutokyo Memorial Hall complex in Fukurahei, Minami Awaji City. It'll give you a visual education about the natural processes that generate whirlpools with an exhibition that links hydraulic models, a giant spherical screen, and images cast onto wall screens. They have installations like the Uzushio Slider that lets you experience the difference in sea surface height effecting whirlpool formation and the Uzumeku Circle which simulates a whirlpool that's seven meters across.
  • Minami Awaji City Maruyama Fishing Park
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    Hyougo Pref. Minamiawajishi Anaga Maruyama fishing port
    "This park is a fishing spot on Benten Island off the coast of the Maruyama Fishing Port facing the Naruto Strait. It is very impactful since it is an approximately 150-meter wide and three-meter fishing platform that runs around half the island and juts out into the sea. There is also a ten-meter square offshore area where you can try to catch many different fish species throughout the year. The administration office is located in the farmer's store ""Uosaikan,"" and they sell bait and rental poles are available for a fee. With sunsets that have Taiko Bridge and Benten Island as silhouettes, it is also popular as a picnicking and sightseeing spot."
  • Keino Matsubara Beach
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    Hyogo Minami-awaji-shi Matsuhokotsuro
    This beach is located approximately a five-minute drive from the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway's Seidan-Mihara Interchange. The largest beach in Awaji, it was selected as Japan's 100 Best Sunsets, Top 88 Japanese Beaches, Japan's 100 Most Beautiful Beaches and Best Beach 100 (comfortable beaches). It is known as the best white sand and blue pine in Setouchi, with tens of thousands of pine trees planted on about 2.5 kilometers of sandy beach stretching north to south. Each year it is crowded with beachgoers and campers because it is famous for its beautiful sunset over the Harima Pass.

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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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