Spots in Takarazuka / Amagasaki / Nishinomiya Area

  • Hanshin Koshien Stadium
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    4.5
    677 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koushienchou 1-82
    This baseball stadium is in Koshien Town, Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture and is the headquarters of the professional baseball team the “Hanshin Tigers.” It is also used as the site for the two major national high school baseball competitions, the “Japanese High School Baseball Championship” held in summer and the “Japanese High School Baseball Invitational Tournament” held in spring. While it features single-layer type stands, it has the largest capacity of any baseball stadium in Japan. The “Koshien Museum,” which introduces the history of the stadium and the Tigers as well as high school baseball, is a popular attraction, as are the stadium tours. There's plenty of original food as well, and the jumbo grilled chicken skewers, Koshien curry, and Koshien fried soba are famous.

    If you have never been to a Japanese baseball game you are missing a great time and this stadium adds to the event. The home team has cheerleaders and plays music for every hitter. The stadium is...

  • Itami Sky Park
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    4.5
    247 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Morimoto 7-1-1
    "A park located right next to the ""Itami Sky Park Kamisuko"" bus stop and a 10-minute drive from the Toyonaka-kita exit on the Hanshin Expressway Ikeda Route. Inside the park's central building, there are exhibits on area ruins dating back to the distant Yayoi period (B.C.300-250) as well as an actual air traffic control radar system. The park is planted with trees from the prefectures reachable from the nearby Osaka International Airport and from the Sky Terrace visitors can watch planes taking off and landing with their own eyes or using provided monitors. In the spring, a hill in the park blooms with some 14 thousand azalea plants, and, at night, another hill sparkles with LED's arranged in the shape of constellations."

    We brought our kids there and there was a nice playground for them, plus a good view of incoming and outgoing airplanes. Perhaps a food vendor or two would make it even more complete, especially on...

  • Head shrine of the Ebisu sect of Shinto, Nishinomiya-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    254 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Shakechou 1-17
    "This is the head shrine of the Shinto lineage dedicated to the god Ebisu. It's about a five-minute walk southwest from the south exit of Hyogo Prefecture's Nishinomiya Station on Hanshin Electric Railway's Main Line. Locally called ""Nishinomiya-no-Ebessan,"" its primary deities include Ebisu Okami and Amaterasu Omikami. Features include a large front gate called the ""Red Gate"" that was supposedly consecrated by Toyotomi Hideyori, the main shrine dedicated in 1663 by the fourth shogun Ietsuna, and Ebisu-no-Mori, a grove covering a portion of the precincts. The grove is a Prefectural Natural Treasure and the main shrine is a National Treasure. Events include the Toka Ebisu Festival and the shrine's main annual festival, as well as the famous Kaimon Shinji Fukuotoko Erabi ritual (an annual race to determine the year's lucky man) that draws a huge crowd every year."

    Ive been on the busiest night and the crowd is massive. Its all fun but might be a bit of a struggle for anyone with young children, the aged or infirm. Lots of colorful and interesting sights. I...

  • Mitsui Shopping Park LaLaport KOSHIEN
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    4.0
    190 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Koushienhachibanchou 1-100
    This shopping center in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture is about five minutes on foot from the East Ticket Gate of the Hanshin Electric Railway's Koshien Station. It has an array of stores including variety shops, fashion shops, and a travel agency, as well as a range of restaurants serving Japanese and Western food, yakiniku Japanese barbecue, horumon grilled offal, and more. There are also a kids' area and stroller rental available for moms with young children so they can enjoy shopping.

    Two storey shopping mall . Many local Brand’s and a grocery mall that tied up with 7-11. Good value and many restaurants.

  • The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Mukogawachou 7-65
    "A museum which celebrates the achievements of noted manga artist Osamu Tezuka. The museum's entrance is modeled after a palace appearing in ""Princess Knight,"" and a life-sized figure dolls of Astro Boy welcomes visitors. The museum has a theater showing original movies and a standing exhibition room designed to look like a pod from the future. There's also a library with a full featured search system. There's an animation studio on the first floor where visitors can learn how animated works are made. The museum cafe is modeled after ""Kimba, the White Lion."" Note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovations from December 25, 2018 to March 31, 2019."

    This place was pretty cool, with plenty of historical information and time capsules. I felt strangely like I was suddenly thrust into an episode of Dr Who for some reason.

  • Sasayama Castle Ruins
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    4.0
    130 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kitashinmachi 2-3
    The ruins of Sasayama Castle, flatland-mountain castle build on a small hill called Sasayama, located a 10-minute drive east from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. The castle's moat, stone base, and base of keep still stand. Sasayama castle never had a keep, instead centering on a hall called the Oshoin, which was rebuilt in March 2000. Inside the hall, visitors can view informational panels on historic events which occurred in Sasayama Domain during the Edo period as well as models and other exhibits which provide information on what the castle and town beneath it once looked like as well as the different lords who ruled the area. The hall's theater room screens informational videos.

    I had the chance to visit the castle ruins just when the cherry trees were in full bloom. There were dozens of cherry trees on the site and literarily hundreds more around it. The cherry blossoms...

  • Mondo Yakujin Tokoji Temple
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Mondonishimachi 2-26
    This Buddhist temple is about 10 minutes by taxi from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station. One of Japan's three Yakujin temples, it enshrines Yakujin Myoo, who is said to ward off all misfortune. Features besides the front gate which was completely destroyed by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and then rebuilt include an inner tower gate and the Yakujindo sub-shrine. Besides Yakujin Myoo, the temple also honors Fudo Myoo, Aizen Myoo, Daikokuten, the principal object of worship Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai, and Kukai, later known as Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon sect of Buddhism. The spacious precincts feature an area with sand from each of the stops on Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage along with representations of their principle objects of worship, giving you a chance to replicate the pilgrimage with ease.

    本殿に上がるまでに厄坂があります。正門下に男厄坂、正門に上がる手前に女厄坂があります。厄払いの受付けを終えると、本殿階下の待合室に行き、名前をよばれると本殿に上がれました。

  • Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple
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    4.5
    93 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Maitani Kiyoshi 1
    "This Buddhist temple in Maitani Kiyoshi, Takarazuka City was founded in 896. It was bestowed with the title of ""Japan's First Kiyoshikojin"" by Emperor Uda. Mixing Buddhist and native Shinto elements, it's primary god Kojin is known as a deity of fire, the hearth, and the kitchen. People in their unlucky years keep hibashi fire tongs thought to be blessed by Kojin as talismans during the period, and later dedicate them to the deity at the temple's Hibashi-Nojo Hall. The precincts also feature the Tessai Museum, which displays the work of the calligrapher Tessai Tomioka."

    We enjoyed the walk to the temple from the station. It is lined with interesting shops and restaurants. We visited in Winter so the trees were without leaves and it was quite cold. The turtle pond...

  • Arima Fuji Park
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Sandashi Fukushima 1091-2
    A park located a 15-minute drive from the Kobe-Sanda interchange. A vast park opened in 2001, the park has designed to meet the diversifying needs of the community, and some its many facilities include a nature learning center where visitors can find out about the local ecosystem and wildlife; an old-fashioned thatched roof Japanese home used to convey Japanese culture and traditions; and a park center which can be used for all manner of presentations, performances, and events. The park's 178.2-hectare grounds encompass several walking trails leading from the park center and Fukuji Oike Pond up to the top of Mt. Arima Fuji, and visitors can enjoy the beauty of mountain valley woodlands and terraced rice fields as suits their stamina and interest.

    It is a very nice place to walk around. Very peaceful and a good place for kids too. There are many activities for children.

  • Roadside Station Tamba Obaachan no Sato
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    3.5
    46 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Tambashi Kasugachounanukaichi 710
    "This roadside station is just off the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway's Kasuga Interchange. Its shop sells local Tamba specialty products and Japanese sweets with a taste ""Just Like Grandma Used to Make."" The food court's Kokoro bakery offers fresh baked bread made with Tamba specialties like beans and chestnuts. Their Black Bean Bread made with brown sugar and lots of large black beans worked into the dough is especially popular."

    This is a nice rest stop compared to most, has some restaurants and a few stalls selling things. There is a park and field so its great for children to play, you can buy some Tamba swag in the gift...

  • Roadside Station Inagawa
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hyougo Pref. Kawabeguninagawachou Manzen Takezoe 70-1
    Located at the Manzen Intersection where Prefectural Route 12 meets Prefectural Route 68, this roadside station's parking lot can accommodate 100 vehicles. Their farm stand features produce brought in fresh every morning by Inagawa Town farmers. On Mondays and Thursdays, a group of them are available to chat with customers about their produce, ways to prepare it, and more. Buckwheat is an Inagawa Town specialty, and the restaurant serves soba noodles made with 100% buckwheat flour. They have sweets like soft serve ice cream made with soba tea and kine-tsuki (mochi pounding) mochi rice cakes too. Their monthly events showcase the produce of the season, and the venue gets packed with the locals.

    近隣の農家さんの新鮮な野菜を買いに行きます。花も新鮮。 スーパーに売ってないような変わった野菜もあります。また、そば、パン、おもちの店もあります

  • Hirota-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    75 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Taishachou 7-7
    Written about in the Nihon Shoki, this is Hyogo Prefecture's oldest shrine. You can reach it by taking a Hankyu or Hanshin bus to the Hirota Jinja Mae stop. There's a view of Mt. Rokko to the rear of the shrine with its legend of Empress Jingu and you can see from Nishinomiya's townscape to Omaehama Beach and Osaka Bay from the front. Besides daily rituals, they hold the Tsuki Hajime Sai and Hatsu Hoko Sai on the 1st of every month, the Tsukinami no Matsuri on the 16th, as well as various events throughout the year that attract visitors from all over Japan. The shrine's kobanomitsuba azaleas have been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument, and they hold an Azalea Festival in April.

    this shrine is one of the nearest from my home. I sometimes visit here with my dog. This shrine has long long history from 8 century. You can experience calm mind in front of the main building.

  • Konda Yakushi Onsen Nukumori no Sato
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    4.0
    55 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Sasayamashi Kondachoukondashinden 21-10
    A hot spring bathhouse located a 20-minute drive from the Tannan Sasayamaguchi interchange on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway. The bathhouse' hot spring wells up from 1,300 meters below ground in a stratum dating back 100 million years; its waters have a superb warming effect on the body. The alkaline simple mildly radioactive hot spring is used to fill the bathhouse' tubs, such as a rock bath made from Tamba stone, and a bathing area made with Tamba ware porcelain, including the indoor bath, outdoor bath, and even the floor. Each bathing area is separated into a large indoor bath area, source spring bath area, and large outdoor bath area.

    自然の中で楽しめる温泉です。室内のお風呂と露天風呂と、種類が多く入り比べをして楽しみました。人が多いので「自然を独り占め!」という感じにはならないですが、広いのでさほど気になりませんでした。

  • Aramaki Rose Park
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    4.5
    81 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Itamishi Aramaki 6-5-50
    "A garden adjoining Midori no Plaza a 10-minute drive from the Takarazuka interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. Some 10 thousand rose plants spanning around 250 varieties from countries around the world grow in the garden. The garden is divided into a local rose garden planted with varieties like the Madam Violet and Amatsu Otome, a cultivar created in Itami City and named after a popular opera star of the time; and the ""Hasselt"" garden named after Itami's sister city in Belgium. The best time to see the garden's roses is from mid-May to mid-June and from mid-October to mid-November."

    I have been here a number of times in different seasons. Peaceful place, and such a variety. There is also an interesting walk along a nearby waterway.

  • Hyogo Prefectural Kabutoyama Forest Park
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    4.0
    60 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Kabutoyamachou 43
    "You can reach this prefectural park by taking a bus from any station in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture to the Kenritsu Kabutoyama Shinrin Koen Mae bus stop and walking a short distance. It's ""Symbol Zone"" with various monuments runs east-west and has a view of Mt. Kabuto. There's also a plum grove with 40 trees and a waterfront area. Hiking trails wind up the mountain with break spots along the way, and you can boost your strength with the park's fitness corner. There's a panoramic view of the Hanshin area from the lookout plaza."

    Do not miss the viewing deck where it overlooks the cities, airports, attractions etc!! It does not come with a fee to enter and of course, visit the love goddess for some free prayers too.. regular...

  • SANDWICH LE MANS (Takarazuka Minamiguchi Main Store)
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    4.0
    97 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hyogo Takarazuka-shi Minamiguchi 2-12-14 Kishi Building 1F
    This sandwich shop is located in 2-chome Minamiguchi, Takarazuka City. Besides the egg sandwich that has been its signature menu item since its founding in 1964, it sells various sandwiches such as cutlet sandwiches, vegetable sandwiches and fruit sandwiches. They also offer home deliveries for orders for five people or more.

    I am coming here quite frequently but this is my first time I write a comment! Simply good sandwiches indeed!

  • Meito Takaranoyu
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    4.5
    47 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hyougo Pref. Takaradukashi Nakasuji 3-3-1
    This day use hot spring facility is on Prefectural Route 335 in Nakasuji, Takarazuka City. Their free-flowing natural ougonsen spring, a copper colored hot spring with lots of iron and salt, resembles the kind of water at Arima Onsen. They also have a hinoki cypress bath with a carbonated spring. Other facilities include a bedrock bath, relaxation facilities, an eatery, and their Takarayama Market which sells local vegetables and souvenirs.

    This is a great place to experience a real hot spring in a very traditional and casual setting without spending much time and money. Takara no Yu is in the city of Takarazuka, not far away from...

  • Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Nakahamachou 4-38
    A six-minute walk from Koroen Station on the Hanshin Electric Railway. This art museum was opened in 1972 by Nishinomiya City thanks to the donation of land, a building, and works of art from the late Takejiro Otani. The museum's collection primarily consists of Japanese modern Western style paintings and French modern paintings. In addition, the museum has over 1,100 works and art prints by local artists. Visitors are free to walk the garden visible from the museum's lobby, and one of the facility's draws is its beautiful scenery consisting of flowing water and lush greenery. The museum holds a variety of events, including an exhibition of original picture book illustrations from the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.

    After living in this area for 10 years I discovered this museum by pure coincidence. I saw a poster on the train for an exhibition, which looked interesting, so I went. The exhibition featured a...

  • Tada Shrine
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kawanishishi Tadaintadadokorochou 1-1
    This historic Shinto shrine founded in 970 has ties to Seiwa-Genji. One of the Three Genji Shrines, it honors Minamoto no Mitsunaka and has been designated a National Historic Site because of its pedigree. The shrine's treasure house holds the Minamoto Clan's Onikiri-maru sword, as well as armor and ancient documents. The grounds also feature rare camellia varieties like Camellia reticulata and Camellia japonica that are a sight to behold when in bloom. Visitors pack in for April's Genji Festival featuring a parade of samurai and other historical figures connected to the Genji clan in period dress, such as Tomoe Gozen and Shizuka Gozen. You can reach the shrine by walking west from Tada Station on the Nose Electric Railway's Myoken Line for about 15 minutes.

    This is an important shrine where the key ancestors of the Minamoto clan have been enshrined since the 10th century. In Japan, there are two major samurai clans; they are the Taira clan and the...

  • Hyogo Performing Arts Center
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Nishinomiyashi Takamatsuchou 2-22
    This arts and culture center with three halls is a two-minute walk south of Hankyu Electric Railway's Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station on the Kobe Line in Hyogo Prefecture. It has a recital hall, a theater with balcony seating, and a Grand Hall with three balconies. A rehearsal room and a studio are available for practice. Its barrier free facilities include seats for wheelchair users and bone conduction hearing aids. The restaurant is run by the head chef of Kobe Kitano Hotel and offers an authentic Western menu.

    佐渡裕さんプロデュースの複合ホールです。大ホールは兵庫県では規模、音響とも最高レベル、関西全体で見ても上位にあるホールと思います。その分、4階席は相当高い場所にあるため、演目によってはオペラグラスは必須でしょう。無料で登録できるチケット会員になれば一般公開よりも先に予約可能です。オンラインだと席種だけですが、近場の方はチケット売り場に行けば個別の席指定も可能です。同じS席でも場所の差が大きいので...

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