Things to do an places to visit in Hyogo

by Amy - TripleLights travel specialist

Hyogo is the neighbouring prefecture of Osaka. Himeji castle is the icon of this prefecture. The most populous city is the stylish port city known as Kobe. 

Himeji Castle

Things to do an places to visit in Hyogo

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A World Heritage site castle whose beautiful exterior has an amazing presence
A valuable castle that has survived into the present day from the early Edo Era, Himeji Castle has been admired as the most beautiful castle in Japan. It is famous as one of the three great castles in the nation.

A castle with 400 years of history as Japan’s first World Heritage site Himeji Castle is famous for having been recognized as a National Treasure and an Important Cultural Property due to its beauty among the numerous castles in Japan and its keep (the largest central structure on the castle grounds) that has retained its appearance from the Edo Era. Having been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was the first time that Japan had been given this honor. Due to its pure white exterior and the surrounding area where many wild b...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:00 AM ~ 4:00 PM )
Phone
079 -285-1146
Price
- Adult: 1000 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
translate.city.himeji.lg.jp

Kobe Harborland

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A large multi-complex facility facing the sea where you can feel the port city of Kobe
Everyone from children to adults will enjoy this amusement zone with facilities including the large shopping mall umie, the Anpanman Museum, the huge Ferris wheel, the brick warehouses and Gaslight Street.

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Phone
078-360-3639
Price
Varies depending on the facility
Website
www.harborland.co.jp

Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlet

Things to do an places to visit in Hyogo

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An outlet which boasts Western Japan’s largest space with over 200 brands within and outside of Japan
The outlet has been designed to resemble a city with an open feeling based on the exclusive residential district of Pasadena located in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Direct buses operating from Osaka and Sannomiya Stations are available.

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Phone
078-983-3450
Price
- Free
Website
www.premiumoutlets.co.jp

Kobe Kitano Museum

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A historic building from the Meiji Era. Get a glimpse of what makes Kobe’s Kitano Ijinkan-gai so attractive
The former American Consulate building erected in 1898 has been converted into an art museum which introduces the history and culture of Kitano Ijinkan-gai and the works of artists from Paris’ Montmartre district which has a friendship exchange agreement with this area in Kobe.

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Phone
078-251-0581
Price
- Adult: 500 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
Website
www.kyotomm.jp

Kobe Animal Kingdom

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An interactive theme park where you can encounter all-weather animals and beautiful flowers
A theme park where you can directly interact with a variety of animals including endangered species within a large glass house filled with blossoms and 2 outdoor areas.

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Business hours
- Weekdays (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM )
- Weekends (10:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM )
- Holidays (10:00 AM ~ 5:30 PM )
Phone
078-302-8899
Price
- Adult: 1500 JPY
- Child: 800 JPY
Website
www.kobe-oukoku.com

Mt. Maya 

Things to do an places to visit in Hyogo

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Enjoy that night view of Kobe from Mt. Maya, one of Japan’s Three Great Nightscapes
The Rokko Mountains are the symbol of Kobe. Among them, there is the soaring peak of Mt. Maya at 609 m where you can enjoy a glittering night view not unlike that of a jewel box from the observation point.

To fully enjoy a beautiful night view… Mt. Maya is located in the center of the Rokko Mountains which have been loved by tourists for activities such as hiking. You can easily make your way up from the city to the peak by using the Maya Cableway and the Maya Ropeway, known together as the Maya View Line, so people who are not into mountain climbing can rest easy. From inside the Maya View Line, you can get a panoramic view of Osaka Bay, and the line is that little-known spot where you can get that close-up feeling of nature on the moun...

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Price
- Adult: 800 JPY
- Child: 440 JPY
The prices are for a one-way trip for the entire cable car and ropeway
Website
feel-kobe.jp

Takeda Castle

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Surrounded by the nature of the Tajima mountain range, these are the ruins of a castle that mysteriously seem to float in the sky
The remains of Takeda Castle are on the peak of Mt. Gojo in the Tajima Region. The morning fog that appears from fall to winter creates the scene of a sea of clouds that makes for a magical castle in the sky, Japan’s Macchu Picchu.

Castle in the sky, Japan’s own Macchu Picchu ruins   The ruins of the castle known as Japan’s Macchu Picchu are at the peak of Mt. Gojo in the southern part of the nature-filled Tajima Region in Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture. At an altitude of 353.7m, Mt. Gojo has also been called Torafusujou or Kogajou (Lying Tiger Mountain) since its shape seems to resemble that of a tiger lying down. However, the castle no longer exists with the remains of its stone walls continuing to relate its long history. Even so, one reason behind the rui...

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Phone
079-674-2120
Website
www.city.asago.hyogo.jp

Rokko Cable Car

Things to do an places to visit in Hyogo

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A historic cable car opened in 1932 which links Mt. Rokko with the city of Kobe
The cable car goes up for approximately 1.7km for 10 minutes through an area decorated with flora from all four seasons. At Rokko Sanjo Station at the top, there is the Tenrandai observation deck from where you can get that panoramic view from Mt. Rokko. The night view from here is also spectacular.

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Phone
078-861-5288
Price
- Adult: 590 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
The above is the fare for a one-way trip
Website
www.rokkosan.com

Arima Onsen

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A famous hot spring of Japan surrounded by the lushness of nature
Arima Onsen, which is located on the north side of Mt. Rokko at the base of the Momiji Valley, has been admired since ancient times as a famous hot spring by the Imperial Family and the nobility. It is Japan’s oldest onsen located in the middle of Mother Nature.

An onsen village that has continued to be loved throughout its long history Arima Onsen is a venerable hot spring that has been admired by the Imperial Family and the nobility for centuries. It was named in the famous Heian Era book, “The Pillow Book” as one of the three famous springs of Japan, and during the Edo Era, it was selected as the most prestigious hot spring on the rankings for onsen, and it continues to be so proud of its status and tradition that it represents the best of the onsen in the Kansai area. The Arima Onse...

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Price
Differs depending on the ryokan and other facilities
Website
www.feel-kobe.jp

Nunobiki Falls

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A dynamic waterfall which can be reached in about 10 minutes on foot from Shin-Kobe Station
Nunobiki Falls is made up of four waterfalls: Ontaki, Mentaki, Meototaki and Tsutsumigataki of which Ontaki is the highest at 43m.

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Business hours
- Everyday (12:00 AM ~ 12:00 AM )
24 hours a day
Price
- Free
Website
www.city.kobe.lg.jp

 

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