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  • Tojoko Omocha Okoku
    111 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Katoushi Kurodani 1216
    "A theme park located a 10-minute drive from the Hyogo-Tojo Interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Filled with an array of play facilities sure to delight children, the park is broadly divided into three areas. The ""Toy Room"" area contains a huge variety of toys, from the latest, trending toys to old favorites. In the ""Attraction"" area, there are rides and play equipment for children 0 years of age and older (children must be accompanied by a guardian 15 years of age or older). In the ""Pool"" area, only open in summer, there is a wide array of facilities, including ones suitable for toddlers, ensuring the whole family can have fun."

    5歳児と2歳児を連れてはじめて行きました。ローカルな場所に関わらず 大変賑わってました。 小さい子供連れなら、楽しめると思います。 割と乗り物に乗らなくても楽しめるスペースはあるので、フリーパスは微妙かもしれません。また迷路はフリーパスは使えません。

  • 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."
  • Shinmaiko Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Mitsuchoukurosaki
    A shallow coastal beach area considered one of the most beautiful in the Kinki region, an area with numerous such locations. The beach is located in Setonaikai National Park a 25-minute drive from the Chuji interchange on the Himeji By-pass or a 30-minute drive from the Tatsuno and Tatsuno-nishi interchanges. Visitors can swim here during the summer and enjoy clamming from early April to late June. When in season, visitors can dig up Japanese littleneck clams, razor clams, and other varieties, and during the Golden Week holidays, nearby parking areas are crammed with people looking to go clamming. An ocean festival and beach volley ball tournaments are held on the beach in summer.
  • Sumieimaru
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Mitsuchoumurotsu 1328-10
    A bed and breakfast located west along National Route 250 traveling from Akamatsunohana. There's also a ferryboat service. The establishment serves home-cultivated oysters that are rich taste, savory, have strong umami taste. From a room looking out over the Seto Inland Sea, you can enjoy an oyster course meal which includes seven different dishes. The establishment offers all-you-can-eat charcoal grilled oysters on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays; both this and the oyster course meal require an advance reservation by phone. The establishment also allows customers to bring their own rice and vegetables. The establishment has six rooms and can accommodate up to 30.
  • Roadside Station Mitsu
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Mitsuchoumurotsu 896-23
    A roadside station situated along National Route 250 a 20-minute drive from the Tatsuno-nishi interchange. The station has a shop selling fresh, local seafood and specialty products, and a restaurant serving oyster and other course meals. Facing the Harima Sea, visitors can gather shellfish from the beachside plaza, an activity particularly popular with families with children. With an advance reservation, visitors can also try dragnet fishing. Visitors can barbecue on the station's terrace, a popular activity frequently featured in magazines.
  • Roadside Station Shingu
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Shinguchouhirano 99-2
    "A roadside station situated along the Inaba Highway a 10-minute walk from JR Harima-Shingu Station and a 20-minute drive from the Tatsuno and Yamazaki interchanges. The station's local specialty products hall sells hand-pulled Ibonoito Somen noodles and a wide variety of other local goods. Visitors can also watch soy sauce manju buns being made and purchase these fresh-made treats-watch out, they sell out fast! A market at the station is filled with vegetables and fruits from local farms. The most popular item on the station restaurant's menu is the ""Shingu Bento"" box lunch. In the Adjoining Shingu Fureai Fukushi Kaikan, visitors can enjoy an herb bath."


  • Ibonoito Museum Somen-no-Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Kamiokachouokumura 56
    A museum located west of the Okumura Haiji temple a 15-minute drive from the Himeji-nishi, Tatsuno, and Fukuda interchanges. Operated by the Hyogo Prefecture Tenobe Somen Cooperative, famous for making Ibonoito Somen noodles, the museum has a demonstration corner where visitors can watch Somen being stretched to three times their length using a pole, a sample corner, and a room from which visitors can watch a factory making noodles beyond a glass window. The museum's shop sells Somen noodles, Hiyamugi cold noodles, and other local products. A restaurant on the first floor serves gozen meals which come with your choice of Zaru somen noodles on a serving basket or Nyumen noodles in broth. The restaurant also offers Somen sushi rolls only available in limited quantities each day. The museum is closed on Mondays.
  • Tatsuno Castle
    23 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Tatsunoshi Tatsunochoukamikajou 128-1
    The site of a castle located close to the Tatsuno City Museum of History and Culture. The castle is believed to have been built in 1499 at the top of Mt. Keiro by Akamatsu Murahide. After four successive generations of lords from the Akamatsu clan, it is said the castle's tower was destroyed when it capitulated during Toyotomi Hideyoshi's conquest of the area on the order of Oda Nobunaga. Thereafter, repairs were made using the stone foundation and then a new castle was built. In 1979, the inner citadel and two-tier corner tower were rebuilt. Today, a trail leads from behind the current Tatsuno Castle to the site of the old castle at the top of the mountain.

    別名”朝霧城”と言われた龍野城跡。現在ある城郭は50年程前に復元されたもの。 本来は鶏籠山に築かれたそうです。揖保川は寒暖の差が激しい時期には早朝より川面に霧が立ち、往時にはお城全体が霧に覆われ攻めにくい山城であったそうです。山の麓から平地には城下町が広がっており、道は狭くクランク状に曲がりくねっています。クルマで進んでいくには少々注意が必要です。其処ここには復元された土塀がありまた街並みも城下町...

  • Shuuentei
    Travel / Tourism
    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."
  • Inami Central Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kakoguninamichou Kuniyasu 1287-3
    A one-minute walk from the Inami Chuo Koen Mae bus stop. This park is located right next to the Inami Library. In addition to slides and other playground equipment, the park has full array of sports facilities includes a vast multipurpose ground, gateball field, and tennis courts. One of the park's most popular features is that in the summer, nighttime tennis games can be held here. With an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy barbecuing at the park's outdoor activity center or make use of the site for other events.
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Archeology
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogunharimachou Onaka 1-1-1
    A museum located in Onaka Iseki Park (Harima Oponaka no mura), a park built around a historic ruin. The museum has four themed exhibition rooms and, with an advance reservation, visitors can enjoy a guided tour provided by a curator or volunteer. At scheduled times each day, visitors can try making tools and crafts used by ancient people in Japan such as magatama beads, stone knives, and woven cords in the hands-on learning room. The museum also holds fire making activities as well as coloring and pottery picture matching activities. One room recreates what an archeological dig looks like and visitors can even potentially try taking part in archeological work. The museum's special exhibitions are held twice a year in spring and fall.

    This remarkable and unusual museum is "archaeology" in full, designed as an immersive experience with the whole family in mind. Prehistoric and historic exhibits are integrated with dioramas...

  • Kakurin Temple
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Kakogawachou Kitazaike 424
    A Buddhist temple located inside Kakurinji Park a 10-minute drive from the Kakogawa By-pass' Kakogawa ramp. The temple is believed to have originally built after Prince Shotoku visited the area on the invitation of Korean monk Eben. In 1112, the temple was granted an imperial scroll by Emperor Toba and the temple's name was changed to its current title. The temple owns a total of 45 cultural treasures, including two National Treasures, 18 Important Cultural Properties, and a variety of other national, prefectural, and city-designated Cultural Properties. A memorial service festival is held in line with the anniversary of the death of Prince Shotoku around the time of the spring equinoctial week in March, and during this time the grounds bustle with garden plant and metal ware markets.

    This is a nice temple complex about a 25 minute walk from the Kakogawa JR station. If you are in the area it's worth seeing but I wouldn't make a special trip to see it. There are a couple of people...

  • Mitoroso
    11 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Kamisouchou Inokuchi 520
    The only hot spring inn in Kakogawa with an outdoor bath. With an advance reservation, customers can make use of a shuttle bus connecting the inn to JR Yakujin Station and Kanno Station. The waters of the inn's carbon dioxide containing - calcium - sodium - hydrogen carbonate spring are said to ease nerve pain and muscle soreness. The inn has a cave bath area with a micro mist sauna as well as a bamboo thicket-encircled outdoor bath boasting a view of the surrounding rural landscape for bathers to enjoy. Which area is the men's bath and which the women's alternates daily. In addition to lodging plans, the inn also offers day trip plans.


  • Notenburo Akane no Yu (Kakogawa Branch)
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Onoechou Ikeda 635-48
    "A deluxe public bathhouse fun for children and adults alike located north along the road leading from Ikeda Park. The bathhouse has a variety of bathtubs and waters for bathers to enjoy, including eight different indoor baths and five different outdoor baths. The waters of the bathhouse' carbonated spring are said to improve blood flow and thus benefit circulatory system diseases; they are also relatively low temperature, making them safe to bath in even for those with high blood pressure. The bathhouse also has a ""silk"" bath with smooth-feeling waters which beautify the skin as well as jacuzzis with four different jet strengths. There eight stone saunas available, including a Korean-style sweat curtain stone sauna; the bathhouse' standard style sauna is also popular."
  • Kakogawa General Cultural Center
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Hiraokachou Shinzaike 1224-7
    A five-minute walk from the Higashi Kakogawa Byoin Mae bus stop and a 10-minute walk from JR Higashi-Kakogawa Station. This cultural center is located right next to the Kakogawa City Central Library and consists of five facilities, include a museum, space science center, and planetarium; the hours of each facility varies. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the space science center holds activity events. The museum's standing exhibition looks at the history of Kakogawa City from the distant Jomon period (about 13,000 years ago) to today. The museum also holds many special exhibitions; as well as painting, cooking, and other culture classes.
  • Kakogawa Maritime Culture Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Befuchou Minatomachi 16
    "Located a 15-minute drive from the Kakogawa-higashi interchange and right next to the ""Maritime Culture Center-mae"" bus stop, this is the only public maritime-related facility in Kakogawa City. Popular with children as well, facilities include an artificial pond and sailing boat-themed playground. The center's library has children's picture books as well as a large collection of books on the ocean such as sea charts and topographic maps exceeding 60 thousand volumes. There's also a cafe corner with a view of the Shikoku region. Handicraft events and activities are held in the second-floor training room on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays."
  • Manarhea Noguchi Shop
    3 Reviews
    Hyougo Pref. Kakogawashi Noguchichou Nagasuna 95-6
    A bread bakery located not far from the Nagasuna Hachiman Shrine. The shop's bread is made with homemade yeast and baked in a brick oven, giving it a crispy crust and chewy interior. The sausage bread, with a coarse ground sausage sticking out, is particularly popular; the French bread slathered with mentaiko pollock roe sauce is also popular. Open from 7:00 a.m., the bakery offers the set menu, such as morning set, apple pie set, croissant set, and more. Customers can enjoy a drink and a light meal in the terrace seating area.


  • Hokkesan Ichijo-ji Temple
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Sakamotochou 821-17
    "A Buddhist temple located right next to the ""Hokkesan-ichijoji"" bus stop. This temple is the 26th temple on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage, a 33 temple pilgrimage which centers on Kyoto. A Tendai Buddhist temple founded by the Indian high priest Hodo in 650, The temple's Heian period silk painting depicting Prince Shotoku and the high priest of the Tendai sect, as well as its three tier Pagoda believed to have been built in 1171, are designated National Treasures. The temple owns numerous other statues and structures designated national, prefectural, or city Cultural Properties, including the main temple building. In fall, the grounds are colored with spectacular fall foliage, attracting many tourists."

    National tresure,3 storied pagoda, was awesome. This temple has lots of old buildings and beautiful landscape. Fall season is the best to see its fall foliage.Worth visiting.This temple is a great...

  • Kasai Furubokke Nature Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Higashikenzakachou Good defense north no hand 1345-2
    A park with vast grounds equal to 37 Koshien Stadiums located in Kasai City. In spring, visitors can see cherry and azalea blossoms; in fall, autumn foliage. The park's popular hiking course leads across a suspension bridge and up to an observatory on Mt. Kasayama from which visitors can get a sweeping view of the dam in the park, Kasai City, and the mountains sprawling beyond. Visitors can also enjoy camping and barbecuing in the park with an advance reservation. Also with an advance reservation, visitors can try stone sculpting in the park's stone sculpture studio; a variety of Buddhist statues created in the studio stand in the woods nearby. There's also a stone monument commemorating the filming of a historical drama on the park's grounds.
  • Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Kasaishi Toyokurachou Iimori 1282-1
    "A park located right next to the ""Flower Center Seimon-mae"" bus stop. The park is divided into two areas-one consisting of Kamenokura Pond and the flower beds encircling it, and another a flower garden where similar flowers are grown. In total, a combined 4,500 varieties of wild and garden plants grow on the grounds. The park's pond is a gathering ground for waterfowl and here visitors can take in an abundance of natural beauty, including an untouched pine woods. In the park's large greenhouse, tropical plants and carnivorous plants are grown in different areas; there's also a cafe here where visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the flowers. Other park facilities include a garden shop, observatory, and log house."

Hyogo Main Areas


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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