Located on the Pacific coast of Hyogo Prefecture are the key port city of Kobe—a longtime hub of international trade—and the majestic World Heritage site of Himeji Castle. Head further inland and you’ll find the majestic mountainside ruins of Takeda Castle, also known as “Japan’s Machu Picchu.” For the ultimate hot spring experience, check out nationally famous Arima Onsen or Kinosaki Onsen. Sample perfectly marbled Kobe beef and akashiyaki, the eggy local take on takoyaki octopus balls.
Hyogo Prefecture’s two largest cities, Kobe and Himeji, are easily accessible transport hubs that connect to all of Honshu via bullet train.
Travel to and from Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Fukuoka is an easy journey on the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe Station or Himeji Station. Hyogo is a short ride on commuter rail from Osaka and Kyoto. For access by air, Kobe is about an hour from Kansai International Airport, while Kobe Airport handles domestic flights. If you're traveling by car, the prefecture is well-linked by road. The world’s longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, links mainland Hyogo to Awaji Island and onward to Shikoku.
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During cherry blossom season, the prefecture is transformed into a sea of pink—the area surrounding Himeji Castle is particularly breathtaking. Enjoy the Kobe Festival and witness the yearly mountain burnoff in the Tonomine Highlands.
The hotter months inspire outdoor adventures and festivals. Head to the cooler climes of some of Hyogo’s mountains, or down to the beaches of Suma, Ieshima or Awaji Island for fun and fireworks.
Autumn in Hyogo means spectacular events such as the Nada Fighting Festival, Kobe Jazz Street and the Tamba Fall Colors Festival, as well as cool temperatures for the Kobe Marathon.
The cold winter months are perfect for a ski trip and onsen getaway, and the Kinosaki area is perfect for both.