Located in the Kansai region on Japan’s main island (Honshu), Hyogo Prefecture offers a broad range of sights and attractions. The prefecture is bordered by seas above and below and features a number of different climates. Because of this, there is plenty to do in the area, from relaxing at the seaside to skiing in the mountains and visiting one of the famous hot springs located throughout the region.

The capital of Hyogo prefecture is Kobe, well-known by many as the origin point and namesake for Kobe Wagyu beef. One of the ten largest cities in Japan, Kobe has much to offer visitors and can act as a great base for anyone exploring Hyogo. The city is situated between mountains and sea, giving it a striking appearance and many different natural scenic spots to visit, including the breath-taking Mount Rokko which is situated nearby. The city also has a bustling nightlife, featuring a multitude of shops, restaurants and bars.

Beyond Kobe, Hyōgo has much more to offer visitors. Himeji Castle is a large castle complex located in the city of the same name. Nicknamed “White Heron Castle” by some, it is seen as one of Japan’s most stunning castles and dates back to the 14th Century. Located on the prefecture’s northern coastline is a number of historic onsen hot springs. Among the most popular are the ones in Kinosaki and Yumura, which dates back over 1,000 years. Hyōgo prefecture has much to offer visitors and is an area that should not be missed out on.

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