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Hyogo Prefecture

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Hyogo Prefecture

Hyogo Prefecture is located in western part of the Kansai region and is famous for Himeji Castle, one of most beautiful castles in Japan.

Hyogo prefecture is the largest prefecture in the Kansai region and one of three prefectures that face two seas. To the North is the Sea of Japan, and South is the Seto Inland Sea. The prefecture served as one of the places where western culture entered Japan. This is due to the port of Kobe opening in 1868 as Japan continued to trade with different countries. Hyogo also has many mountains, as well as a couple of famous Onsens (hot springs), Arima Onsen and Kinosaki Onsen. Both Onsen have been for around for 1300 years, and many famous writers, politicians and even emperors of Japan visited the Onsens. These Onsen areas still have old traditional buildings along the streets.

The most famous castle in Hyogo is Himeji Castle. The most notable feature of this castle are white colored exterior walls. It has been registered World Heritage since 1993 and is one of the 12 original castles in Japan. It was originally built in 1346 and was never involved in a battle nor used as a battleground. Hyogo also have one another famous castle, which is Takeda Castle. This castle is placed on top of a mountain where at the right conditions will be surrounded by a sea of clouds. It has been referred to as “The Castle in the Sky,” which references Hayao Miyazaki’s work Laputa.

photo of Kinosaki Onsen

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Kinosaki Onsen

One of the many famous hot springs in Japan, located in north Hyogo Prefecture.

photo of Asago

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Asago

Asago city is located near the center of the Hyogo Prefecture, an important center of traffic which links Tajima and San-In district.

photo of Takarazuka

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Takarazuka

Takarazuka is a city located in the southeastern part of Hyogo Prefecture and most famous for the Takarazuka Revue.

photo of Arima Onsen

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Arima Onsen

Arima Onsen is located in Kobe and is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan.

photo of Kobe

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Kobe

Kobe is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture and was an important port city during the Edo Period.

photo of Himeji

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Himeji

Himeji is located in the southwestern part of Hyogo Prefecture and is known for Himeji Castle.

photo of Awaji Island

Kansai | Hyogo Prefecture

Awaji Island

Awaji-shima is an island largest in the Seto Inland Sea and the third largest in Japan.

photo of Awaji Island

Awaji Island

Awaji Island is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea, and popular for several buildings designed by famed architect Tadao Ando, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and proximity to the Naruto Whirlpools.